6,752cc OHV V8 Engine
Bosch Fuel Injection
237bhp at 4,000rpm
3-Speed Automatic Transmission
4-Wheel Independent Suspension
4-Wheel Disc Brakes
*Purchased new by Sir Michael Caine
*Fewer than 23,000 original miles
*Reams of documentation
*Regularly Maintained by Marque Specialists
THE ROLLS-ROYCE SILVER SPIRIT
Based on the Silver Shadow II, the Silver Spirit and its long-wheelbase counterpart, the Silver Spur, were announced in the autumn of 1980. While the power unit remained Rolls-Royce's familiar and dependable 6,750cc V8, significant improvements were made to self-leveling rear suspension and the styling too came in for revision, with a lower waist line, increased glass area and a more modern angular look. Inside, the Crewe firm's exemplary standards of equipment and finish were maintained, the most noticeable change being the adoption of separate rear seats and the re-instatement of folding picnic tables. Despite its outward adherence to tradition, Rolls-Royce was not above equipping its new Silver Spirit with the latest in electronic advances. The Silver Spirit represents both adherence to typical Rolls-Royce practices while accepting the wonders of modernity.
THE MOTORCAR OFFERED
According to the order form signed off on August 30th, 1983, this fine luxury automobile would be first delivered to the esteemed Sir Michael Caine through the dealership in Beverly Hills. A well-appointed example, the exterior was finished in a pleasant Ocean Blue and Deep Blue two tone paint scheme. The interior was made to match with the top roll, instrument board roll, and under dash trim wrapped in light blue leather. The order sheet lists several other optional extras specified to the car. These include Mountain Blue lambswool rugs, medium colored wood, and an electrically operated sunroof.
After spending several years with the acting legend, the Rolls-Royce found a new owner in southern California. The vehicle finally departed for the east coast in 2006 when it was reported as being purchased by a Pennsylvanian. One more owner in the line moved the car north to New York where it has remained until the present day, having covered fewer than 23,000 miles since entering Michael Caine's ownership when it was new. A plethora of invoices and receipts document the persistent maintenance given to the vehicle. Further documentation includes the order forms, certificate or origin, and the original manuals. As such a well taken care of example, this Silver Spirit presents well to this day and is sure to carry its new owners in comfort and style.