1994 Rolls-royce Fly­ing Spur £24,500

With full ser­vice his­tory and rar­ity, this tur­bocharged Rolls is quite a catch, says Mike Re­naut

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This Sil­ver Spur is one of 133 to be fit­ted with Bent­ley’s tur­bocharged V8. A dash­board plaque la­bels it as num­ber five of the Fly­ing Spurs built and it’s one of very few fin­ished in Wild­berry paint that varies be­tween dark red to al­most pur­ple de­pend­ing on the light. It was sold new by the Jack Bar­clay fran­chise in Lon­don, and the ser­vice book bears that dealer’s stamps right up un­til 2008. The cur­rent ven­dor has ser­viced the car ever since. It now has 34 stamps in the book cov­er­ing its 90,924 miles.

The stack of past bills strongly sug­gests that what­ever the car re­quired was done, along­side yearly oil and fil­ter changes re­gard­less of the an­nual mileage. In April 2018 the car had new brake pads and sus­pen­sion spheres along with a new oil cooler and as­so­ci­ated pipework cost­ing £1500 in parts alone. The month be­fore, new front cam­ber bushes, ex­haust work and a gear­box mount saw an­other £1300 spent and in Fe­bru­ary 2018 a re­con­di­tioned steer­ing rack was fit­ted at a cost of over £1400. In 2016 a new ra­di­a­tor was fit­ted. A run­ning fault in 2014 saw new ECUS, sen­sors and hoses put in – well over £4000 of work. Add on the £3600 in 2012 for a new gear­box and the ask­ing price can’t be far off what has been spent on main­te­nance.

Other bills show dam­age re­pair to the off­side rear door in 2012, but the work was car­ried out flaw­lessly with a per­fect paint match. There are a few scratches on the body if you look closely, no­tably a se­ries of small scuffs on the front near­side cor­ner. The pas­sen­ger side mir­ror has had a scrape re­sult­ing in scratches to its chrome body. Hap­pily the bumpers, grille, head­lights and wheels all ap­pear flaw­less. Un­der the bon­net the V8 is ex­tremely clean with no signs of fluid leaks in the en­gine bay.

The old adage is true – these cars are vir­tu­ally silent on the move. Gearchanges from the four-speed auto are im­per­cep­ti­ble and en­gag­ing kick­down brings about im­pres­sive ac­cel­er­a­tion but no change in vol­ume. All gauges and di­als of­fered no cause for alarm de­spite a lengthy test on a very hot day. The brakes work per­fectly too, stop­ping this weighty car very well.

The colour-matched steer­ing wheel, car­pets and dash­board top may be an ac­quired taste but there’s lit­tle to fault in the cabin, es­pe­cially con­cern­ing those flaw­less Sand­stone leather seats with their Wild­berry pip­ing. The rear pic­nic ta­bles, foot­stools and lamb’s wool over-rugs are all equally un­marked. The cream head­lin­ing re­mains pris­tine and the abun­dant pol­ished wood ap­pears fac­tory fresh.

Push any button and you’ll discover it all works im­me­di­ately and silently. The full fac­tory tool­kit is hid­den away in the im­mac­u­late, car­peted boot along with the fully func­tion­ing six-cd mul­ti­changer.

Aside from the noted ex­ter­nal marks, this Spur is in very pre­sentable con­di­tion and its rar­ity makes it even more spe­cial. If you’re look­ing for high per­for­mance and lux­ury along with a healthy dash of ex­clu­siv­ity, with­out spend­ing a for­tune, this car should be a strong con­tender.

Flaw­less Sand­stone leather seats and lamb­swool over-rugs

Bent­ley V8 is vir­tu­ally silent on the move, with im­pres­sive speed

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