'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,' - Motor.
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 the US's 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.'
We are advised that this Silver Spirit has had effectively one owner, a consortium, as evidenced by two registered keepers at the same address. Finished in green with beige leather interior, 'RYK 454Y' comes with service bills totalling £14,852 and is described by the vendor as in generally good condition, currently displaying a total of circa 49,000 miles on the odometer. The car is offered with MoT to 13th June 2013 and Swansea V5 document.