Rolls-Royce Silver Spur Origins
The Rolls-Royce Silver Spur was part of a new generation of models manufactured by the company. Its design formed the basis of future models like the Flying Spur, Silver Dawn, Park Ward, and Touring Limousine. The chassis of the Rolls-Royce Silver Spur and Silver Spirit was also used in the Bentley Mulsanne and Eight series. The Bentley Arnage and BMW-based Rolls-Royce Silver Seraph replaced the Silver Spirit and Spur in 1998.
The two Rolls-Royce vehicles were part of a new generation, but it wasn’t completely original. The models used the basic floor plan, self-leveling suspension, and V-8 engine of a Rolls-Royce Silver Shadow. About the Rolls-Royce Silver Spur
The Rolls-Royce Silver Spur and its bigger version, the Silver Spirit, continued the company’s tradition of providing ultra-luxurious saloons with a high degree of ride quality. The car debuted in 1980 in Paris to critical acclaim. It was not only special for its owners, but for Rolls-Royce itself. The Rolls-Royce Silver Spur and Silver Spirit marked the entry of the luxury automobile company into the modern world.
Rolls-Royce cars have traditionally had a more classical charm rather than a modern one, but the Silver Spur changed this image. It came at a time when customers were moving towards aerodynamic sports cars and luxury features such as digital readouts. This change in customer perception of luxury required Rolls-Royce to update its rolling fenders and soft arcs and move towards a simpler and ultimately more elegant body styling. With the Rolls-Royce Silver Spur, the company succeeded.
The Rolls-Royce Silver Spur and Silver Spirit were most notably known for being the first cars with a retractable ‘Spirit of Ecstasy’ hood ornament. For the first time in the company’s history, the cherished ornament was spring-loaded to sink into the radiator shell if it was dislodged in an accident. Until then, the ornament was prone to damage and robbery. Rolls-Royce Silver Spur Features
The 1998 Rolls-Royce Silver Spur was part of the Mark IV series that was introduced in late 1995, although the U.S. market received the revised Silver Spur one year earlier. A 6.5-liter Rolls-Royce V-8 powered the 1998 Rolls-Royce Silver Spur. The engine mated with a four-speed automatic gearbox. The car had a wheelbase of 124.5 inches. It was 212.4 inches long and 83.1 inches wide. Around 507 Mark IV Rolls-Royce Silver Spur models were sold by the time production of the car was terminated. Rolls-Royce Silver Spur Evolution
In 1980 to 1989, the Rolls-Royce Silver Spur was introduced as the first car in a new generation for the company. It used certain elements from its predecessor, the Rolls-Royce Silver Shadow. These elements included the 6.75-liter V-8 engine. However, the car featured the gas-charged shock absorbers and Girling automatic hydraulic ride height control system. This generation of Rolls-Royce Silver Spur models is known as Mark I.
The 1989 to 1993, Mark II series of Rolls-Royce Silver Spur models were introduced at the Frankfurt Motor Show in 1989. The new series included many improvements, but the main one was the innovative suspension system: a fully automatic system with adjustable dampers on all four wheels. This helped improve the handling and ride of the Silver Spur by a huge margin. A Bosch Motronic fuel injection system and ABS were introduced as standard features and the dashboard received two additional bull’s-eye ventilation outlets. The car also came with alloy wheels as a standard.
In 1993 to 1994, the Mark III series of the Rolls-Royce Silver Spur mostly consisted of improvements in its V-8 engine. New cylinder heads and intake manifold helped in improving air supply to the engine and gave a nice boost to its power output. A direct ignition system was fitted in the car, replacing the old distribution system and wiring. A new GM four-speed electronic automatic transmission mission system replaced the older 400 transmission gearbox. All these additions, along with the ABS, helped improve the performance of the car. Another important addition to this series was the dual airbags. The rear seats were now independently adjustable. The U.S. market received European style headlights on the Rolls-Royce Silver Spur for the first time. The bumpers were also modified.
During the 1995 model year, a turbocharged version of the Rolls-Royce Silver Spur, called the Flying Spur, was introduced. Only 134 Flying Spurs were produced in total. The next revision of the Rolls-Royce Silver Spur would be seen in 1995, after which it was replaced by the Sliver Dawn.