London,The Jack Barclay Showroom
16 June 2003
1986 ROLLS-ROYCE SILVER SPIRIT FOUR DOOR SALOON
Registration No. C999 JDT
Chassis No. SCAZS000XGCH14187
Engine No. 14187
Metallic Burgundy with beige leather interior
Engine: V8 6,750cc, pushrod overhead valve, twin SU carburettors: Transmission: three speed automatic; Steering: power assisted rack and pinion; Suspension: anti-dive front independent by wishbones and coil springs with auxiliary gas springs, automatic height control; Brakes: dual circuit power assisted four-wheel discs. Right hand drive.
As well as great luxury and prestige, the Rolls-Royce company has always offered its patrons a reassuring continuity. Even the most strikingly modern new model has, on examination, proved to bear a strong family relationship to the fine cars that preceeded it. So it was with the Silver Spirit of 1980. Retaining all the expected Rolls-Royce elegance, a miniscule reduction in overall height and a slightly greater increase in overall length made it sleeker and improved the aerodynamics. With a 30 increase in glass area it felt much more airy and spacious within that luxuriously appointed cabin. But underneath was an improved version of the original floorplan with the 1977 Silver Shadow II's compliant front suspension and sophisticated high roll centre rear suspension derived from that of the high performance 1979 Corniche. The result was undeniably the finest Rolls-Royce yet. It weighed 2.2 tonnes yet the V8's abundant power gave surging acceleration and an 120mph maximum speed. The suspension's subtleties reduced cornering roll, gave wonderfully accurate steering, and made the car quieter than ever on poor road surfaces. Pampering its occupants with fine walnut, Connolly leather and all the expected accoutrements, with the Silver Spirit Rolls-Royce triumphantly answered critics who had suggested the company might have lost its claim to build "the best car in the world".
Displaying just 55,000 miles this 5 owner car presents well. Paintwork and brightwork is good and there are no obvious signs of corrosion to the body. The complimentary choice of beige leather upholstery appears highly original and although not excessively worn, the veins in the leather are prevalent and thus could certainly benefit from 'Connolising'. A sound example in need of mechanical attention prior to use, thus inspection is recommended.
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