Rolls Royce Silver Spirit III
- Mileage: 25,430
- Year: 1995
- MOT Expiry: January 2021
- Exterior Colour: Royal Blue Metallic
- Interior Colour: Piped Grey Leather
- Top speed: 133
- 0-60mph: 9.7
- BHP: 237
- Transmission: 4-Speed Automatic
- Engine Capacity: 6750cc
- Engine Configuration: V8
The Silver Spirit was introduced by Rolls Royce in 1980 as the first of a new generation of company models. It formed the basis for the Flying Spur, Silver Dawn, Touring Limousine, Park Ward, and Bentley Mulsanne/Eight series. The Silver Spirit III, as featured here, was introduced in 1994, with production ending in 1995.
Developing the third generation Rolls Royce and Bentleys cost £30 million. The investment in improving an existing model was the greatest ever undertaken by Rolls Royce and incorporated some seventy modifications. Substantially, most of the modifications concerned engineering and interior styling. Under the bonnet, revisions to the engine allowed for greater power and even more refined running. Instead of the usual array of equipment – including a plethora of pipes and hoses – what greeted the owner upon opening the bonnet was a neat engine cover with a machined aluminium cooling grille. In essence, the technologically proven 6.75-litre V8 remained: redesigned cylinder heads, combined with larger Inlet ports and exhaust valves, improved volumetric and combustion efficiency, whilst a new plenum chamber ram pipe induction system enhanced low speed torque. All this was largely responsible for making it the fastest Spirit to date by pushing maximum speed up to 134mph with faster acceleration and increasing mid-range power by 20 percent. The engine, with its Bosch Motronic 3.3 management system, was designed to meet worldwide emission standards through to the end of the century.
Not content at merely providing more power, Rolls Royce engineers turned their attention once more to the cars’ transmission, suspension, and handling systems. A transmission Shift Energy Management (SEM) gave even smoother operation, while modified front and rear anti-roll bars added to surefootedness, with roll stiffness increased to a level halfway between that of previous Rolls Royces and Bentleys. A reduction in power steeling input meant that handling was in keeping with the new suspension settings and ride characteristics. Even the air-conditioning was modified to be CFC-free.
With additional emphasis on interior modification and improvement, new seats with additional lumbar and side support, head restraints and seat belt installations provided even greater levels of comfort. A redesigned facia featured an updated information panel with improved illumination as well as both driver and passenger airbags.
A grand total of just 234 Silver Spirit IIIs were produced, with only 182 in right-hand drive. The example featured here is one of only 51 right-hand drive cars built in the Spirit’s final year of production, 1995.
Royal Blue Metallic paintwork, Piped grey leather upholstery, Sheepskin rug overmats, Heated and electrically-adjustable front seats with memory, Individual front armrests, Electric windows, Electrically-adjustable door mirrors, Cruise control, Air conditioning, Cassette radio, Electric aerial, Motorola telephone handset with instruction manual, Inlayed walnut trim, Rear central armrest, Rear vanity mirrors, Front and rear ashtrays, Lockable glove compartment and centre console storage, Driver and passenger airbags, Boot-mounted fire extinguisher, Remote central locking, Spare key.
This late-model Silver Spirit looks as regal as ever in metallic Royal Blue, the paintwork contrasting beautifully against the plentiful brightwork and delicate hand-painted pin stripes. The body presents with a lustrous sheen and sharp metallic flake on close inspection, remaining arrow-straight along both sides with a deep and uniform colour all round. The bumpers are without any wear or distortion, all seals appear fresh, and the lights are crystal clear. A magnificent and highly original example, having been carefully stored since new.
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The stately interior is upholstered in supple grey leather, the edges piped in contrasting navy that also extends to the dash top and steering wheel rim. The pale upholstery is remarkably well preserved throughout; the rear seats appear as if they have never been sat in and the driver’s bolsters show only the lightest of wear. Elsewhere, lustrous inlayed walnut trim adorns the dash fascia, central console, and doors – all entirely unmarked. The neighbouring switchgear is in equally fine fettle, and a period telephone handset can still be found within the passenger armrest. In the footwells are deep-pile sheepskin rugs that feel especially luxurious underfoot.
ENGINE & TRANSMISSION
Development of the Spirit III focused on engineering rather than aesthetics. The technologically proven 6.8-litre V8 was retained in the new model but with substantial revisions, allowing for greater power and even more refined running. The updated powerplant featured redesigned cylinder heads with larger inlet ports and exhaust valves that improved volumetric and combustion efficiency, while a new plenum chamber ram pipe induction system enhanced low-speed torque.
This particular Spirit III has been used sparingly since new, driving only 25k miles in the last 25 years. Servicing and maintenance has always been carried out at close mileage intervals; the most recent service was done upon arrival at 4 Star in February 2020.
WHEELS, TYRES & BRAKES
The Spirit sits on 15-inch wheels wrapped in a matching set of Avon Turbosteel whitewall tyres, each one with ample tread remaining. The wheel trims retain a great mirror shine with a painted Royal Blue ring and accompanying pinstripe, complementing the exterior coachwork nicely.
This rare, low mileage Spirit III was first registered in April 1995 and has seen just two owners from new. The first owner lived in the UAE but kept the car garaged at his Irish residence where it was occasionally driven by the caretaker, hence the low mileage. It remained in Ireland until very recently and is now offered for sale for the first time in the UK.
Upon arrival with us, the car was inspected, serviced, and MOT’d. A slight oil leak from the rocker cover gaskets was found and immediately rectified, this work totaling in excess of £1,300. A new steering rack has also been fitted in recent months, costing around £1,200. Invoices within the History File show the car to have been serviced at the following mileages: 1k, 6k, 9k, 12k, 15k, 18k, 19k, 20k, 21k, 21k, 22k, and most recently at the current mileage of 25k.
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