Rolls-Royce Sil­ver Spirit and Sil­ver Spur £35

Classic Car Weekly (UK) - - This Week - Au­thor: Mal­colm Bob­bitt Pub­lisher: Ve­loce (ve­loce.co.uk) ISBN: 978-1-787110-096-0

Al­ready on the draw­ing board in the early 1970s when Rolls-Royce was go­ing bank­rupt, the Sil­ver Spirit and its de­riv­a­tives had a tough act to fol­low, con­sid­er­ing the suc­cess of its Shadow pre­de­ces­sor. Rolls-Royce (now un­der its new Vick­ers owner) had a tough brief for the new car – co­de­named SZ. It had to use as many ex­ist­ing me­chan­i­cal com­po­nents as pos­si­ble, keep devel­op­ment costs down and cre­ate a car that wasn’t too flam­boy­ant.

Mal­colm Bob­bitt’s book charts the Spirit’s devel­op­ment from those early, pre-pro­duc­tion days through to the fi­nal cars built in 1998. The reader learns that styling was clearly in­flu­enced by Pin­in­fa­rina’s Ca­mar­gue de­sign, but penned in-house by Fritz Feller and his team.

This is a well-writ­ten, wellil­lus­trated and thor­oughly in­ter­est­ing read, but Ve­loce’s reprint­ing means that the phys­i­cal qual­i­ties of this book – in­clud­ing photo re­pro­duc­tion – don’t al­ways match the qual­ity of the sub­ject mat­ter. It’s pretty ex­pen­sive, too. richard Bar­nett

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