Rolls-Royce Silver Spirit
The Silver Spirit isn’t the best regarded of Rolls-Royces, but that’s kept prices realistic
Launched in 1980, the Silver Spirit had a tough act to follow as the replacement for the Silver Shadow, which was still highly regarded as its production run ended. Initial reactions were muted among the Royce cognoscenti, the Spirit’s lines being handsome but, well, perhaps rather muted. It was imposing, but was it immediately identifiable as a Rolls-Royce? Clearly designed for the American market, how times have changed. Those Fritz Feller-penned square-rigged lines have stood the test of time and today it looks more attractive than ever, lacking the cod throwback appearance of its Seraph replacement.
With a nigh-on 20-year lifespan, there are plenty of Silver Spirits to choose from, at wildly varying prices. There were four generations during its lifetime, and the slightly-extended wheelbase Silver Spur edition is well worth seeking out.
WHY YOU WANT ONE There’s never been a better time to buy a Silver Spirit or Silver Spur. Prices won’t get any lower and good examples needn’t cost much more than temptingly-priced, needing-work nightmares. Buy a good one, keep the mileage down – but do exercise it regularly – and you’ll have a car that you’ll really want to keep for a long time.