joi, 12 mai 2016

Rolls-Royce Silver Spur 1982 - World Of Classic Cars -

In the 1970s, Austrian Fritz Feller was chief engineer of styling and future projects at Crewe. He looked to the Pininfarina-designed Camargue for design cues, resulting in the Silver Spirit and Silver Spur of the 1980s. Externally these cars were entirely new but retained most of the chassis platform of the Silver Shadow.

The major exception was the rear end which was modified to accept new rear suspension. This new system had been launched during 1979 on the Rolls-Royce Corniche. Many of the changes behind the development of the new car were down to impending safety legislation.

The Spirit of Ecstasy, for example, was no longer fixed to the grille, but designed to retract into the radiator shell upon impact. Other improvements included better ride comfort and a new suspension system with automatic ride height control.

 The long-wheelbase version was called the Silver Spur. Four inches longer than the Spirit, it is identifiable by its extended rear windows and Everflex roof. A special run of 25 Silver Spur Centenary models was produced in 1985, celebrating the 100th anniversary of the motor car in Great Britain and the production of the 100,000th Rolls-Royce.

Finished in silver with a contrasting black interior, this fine example was supplied new on February 11th 1982. The car was maintained with supplying dealer Jack Barclay for the first ten years, subsequently with specialists and more recently with a local garage.