|Cars - Rolls-Royce|
|Odometer reading||88,000 miles|
Historics at Brooklands / Brooklands Museum 18th May 2011 Car - 18/05/2011 / 1981 Rolls-Royce Silver Spirit -WITHDRAWN / Lot 203
Before David Plastow left his senior position at Rolls-Royce following the take-over of Vickers plc, he had been responsible for a series of models, amongst which was the Rolls-Royce Silver Spirit. The Silver Spirit was unveiled in October 1980, as a replacement for the Rolls-Royce Silver Shadow. The coachwork of the Silver Spirit had been designed at the in house styling centre by Fritz Feller and gave the impression of being stretched in comparison with the bodies of the previous generation. Direct comparison, however, showed only small differences. The new models had slightly grown in length and width, height had been cut a little, although the styling was more modern than that of its predecessor. The interior was dominated by the expected combination of fine wood and sumptuous leather. Instead of leather for the upholstery, the finest velour could be ordered. The Silver Spirit was similar mechanically to the Silver shadow, benefiting from the superb Rolls-Royce 6750cc, V8 and sharing many mechanical characteristics of the model it replaced. The instruments were supplemented by digital units which gave such information as the time, elapsed driving time and external temperature and was the first Rolls-Royce to be fitted with a retractable Spirit of Ecstasy. This particular example was supplied originally by Jack Barclays in April 1981.The current owner has enjoyed it since he purchased it in July 2000. The vehicle comes with a V5 registration document and has an MoT test certificate until October 2011. Finished in Garnet with beige leather trim and a black Everflex roof, there is a good level of service history although the latter part has been carried out by a marque specialist. An extremely inexpensive entrée into Rolls-Royce ownership. HISTORICS APOLOGISE BUT DUE TO UNFORSEEN CIRCUMSTANCES, THIS LOT HAS HAD TO BE WITHDRAWN.