Rolls-Royce - Silver Spirit
The Silver Spirit, introduced by Rolls-Royce in 1980, was the first of a new generation of models for the company. It formed the basis for the Flying Spur, Silver Dawn, Touring Limousine, and Park Ward.  The entire line was replaced with the BMW powered Silver Seraph and the Bentley Arnage in 1998. The new car was not entirely new — it shared the basic floor pan of the Silver Shadow as well as that car's 6.8 Ltr (6,750 cc/411 in³) V8 engine.


The Spur continued with the high degree of ride quality and self-leveling suspension from the Shadow, this time using a Girling automatic hydraulic ride height control system and gas-charged shock absorbers. The Silver Spur was a long wheelbase version of the Silver Spirit, produced at the same time. The Spirit was the first car to feature the retractable Spirit of Ecstasy. The spring loaded Mascot sank onto the radiator shell if dislodged from its position.

New Zealand
New Zealand
Rolls Royce Silver Spirit-click for a larger picture
Rolls Royce Silver Spirit 
Rolls Royce Silver Spirit
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Number of persons:3  passengersLuggage:2 large + 2 small Available only with chauffeur:chauffeur  plus 3 passengersGearbox:auto Power steering: Leather interior: Air conditioning: Audio: radio cd
The Silver Spirit II and Silver Spur II were introduced at the 1989 Frankfurt Motor Show. Again, the suspension was the main innovation, with a fully automatic system adjusting dampers at all four wheels in real time. Other main innovations were the adoption of ABS and fuel injection as standard for all models, and two additional bull's eyes ventilation outlets on the dashboard.


The Silver Spirit III and Silver Spur III, introduced in 1993, relied on improvements to the traditional V8 engine as their differentiator. A new intake manifold and cylinder heads upped power output, which was still stated simply as "adequate" in company literature. Dual airbags were another new feature, and the rear seats now adjusted independently.  


The 1994–1995 Flying Spur was a turbocharged version of the Silver Spur III.  


The final revision of the Silver Spirit and Silver Spur was introduced late in 1995, but a new Silver Dawn appeared a year earlier in the American market. Another new name was also added, the Park Ward limousine, just as the Silver Spirit name was abandoned.  


As of 1997, the long wheelbase was standard on all models, with the limousine models offering the extra-long only. Another major change that year was the introduction of a Garrett turbocharger on all models.  


Source: Wikipedia.
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