34,000 miles from new 1982 Rolls-Royce Silver Spirit Saloon Registration no. BCD 777Y Chassis no. SCAZS0008CCH05563 Engine no. 05563
'Unlike the Shadow which, while cosseting you in luxury and comfort, required a good deal of concentration to drive quickly, the Spirit is endowed with enough feel and response, matched with stability, to make driving on all types of road a real pleasure,' reported Motor magazine, reviewing the new Rolls-Royce in 1981.
Based on the Silver Shadow II, the Silver Spirit and its long-wheelbase counterpart, the Silver Spur, were announced in the autumn of 1980. While the power unit remained Rolls-Royce's familiar and dependable 6,750cc V8, significant improvements were made to self-levelling rear suspension and the styling too came in for revision, with a lower waist line, increased glass area and a more modern angular look. Inside, the Crewe firm's exemplary standards of equipment and finish were maintained, the most noticeable change being the adoption of separate rear seats and the re-instatement of folding picnic tables.
Despite its outward adherence to tradition, Rolls-Royce was not above equipping its new Silver Spirit with the latest in electronic advances, as Automobile magazine noted in 1986: 'The Silver Spirit is also a paradigm of effortless motoring. The driver must still choose the direction, accelerate and brake, but the more mundane jobs are all handled by electronic servants. The magic push-button world comprises seat adjustment, windows, exterior mirrors, door and trunk locks, gas filler cap, aerial and even the gear selector lever. This microchip kingdom on wheels is highlighted by the unique bi-level air conditioning system, which consists of two independent upper and lower units and is very effective indeed.'
This Silver Spirit was purchased by the current vendor in May 1985 (at approximately 22,000 miles). A 24,000-mile service was carried out in May 1986, since when the garage-owning vendor has had all servicing undertaken in his own workshop. In the event, very little maintenance has been required as use has been limited - the current mileage total is only 33,545 and the car has not been used since returning from its last MoT test on 31st October 2008. Finished in beige with cream leather interior, 'BCD 77Y' is described as in generally very good condition and offered with sundry invoices, a quantity of expired MoT certificates and Swansea V5 document.