Rolls-Royce Silver Spirit and Silver Spur £35
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