• Silver Spirit Mulsanne in need of rescuing • Barn find • 6.75 litre Six and three quarter
Introduced in 1980, Rolls-Royce gave us the Silver Spirit which was the replacement for the Silver Shadow which had been in production since 1965. The production run for the Silver Spirit was 17 years with a Mark I, II and III being produced in that time. To own such a car in 1981 was a sign of wealth and success, and was definitely something that you would have wanted to be seen in, either driving it yourself or maybe even being driven around whilst you relaxed in the rear. In today's market they are much more affordable, and so grabbing the chance to own a luxury cruiser is definitely something to consider.
The spirit was the first in a new generation which formed the basis for models such as the Flying Spur, Silver Dawn, Park Ward and the Bentley Mulsanne. With its 6.75 litre V8 engine coupled to a 3-speed automatic gearbox and hydropneumatic self-leveling suspension providing the excellent ride quality, the Spirit was luxury at the highest level.
This 1981 Rolls-Royce Silver Spirit Mulsanne was built at the Rolls-Royce Crewe factory and registered on the 11th March 1981. It was included in the purchase of a property where it has quite clearly been standing for many years. The previous property owner is unsure as to how long it has been off the road for. The car was purchased in 2005 by the second to last owner, and then in June 2006 the car was transferred to the then owner’s wife's name where it has remained since.
Unfortunately the Rolls hasn't been started since the find, and so would need to be thoroughly investigated before this was attempted. Until then, we must assume it’s a non-runner. The car was simply pulled out of the garage and loaded up and transported to Manchester where it is currently located.
The V5 is present and shows 8 previous keepers.
The original handbook is in the glove box, but that is all regarding paperwork, and there is no MOT history to be found.
Despite sitting there for a number of years, the interior of the Silver Spirit has fared quite well. The cream leather seats don’t show any signs of wear, just some age related cracking of the leather as expected on a vehicle of this age. The door cards are all in good condition, with no damage, there is just the odd scuff here and there. All the electric window switches are in place for all the doors. The walnut door cappings are in good condition, with no real damage and, as the car has been inside, there is no sun damage to them.
Sitting in the driver's seat, the dashboard burr walnut facia is in good condition with no cracking or fading to the finish. The odometer shows a reading of 83,054 miles, and the gauges are in nice condition with no noticeable damage. The switches and heater controls all still have legible writing on them with no real wear. Still present is the original Blaupunkt radio and lower down is the cassette player. Obviously nothing electrical has been checked.
The carpets are in nice condition with just some age related wear but no holes. For the passengers in the rear are the foot rests for a little added comfort, which match the carpet. The headlining is a little dirty and there is a small hole just above where the driver would sit but other than that it's generally good with no sagging. Into the boot and there is the original carpet. There is a battery fitted but obviously very flat. No obvious signs of any rust under the carpet.
The Rolls-Royce is finished in Champagne Gold over brown. This may have been the original colour scheme as it ties in with the interior trim and carpets, but it does look to have been repainted, definitely on the lower half as there is quite a definite line where the two colours meet.
Starting at the front, and the grille is in good condition with just a small dent on the right hand side from a stone chip. The famous Spirit Of Ecstasy sits proudly at the top of the grille and is in good order. Either side of the grille the headlights are in good condition with no chips to them.
Further down, the bumper does have a little amount of tarnish to the chrome but no obvious dents. Just under the bumper are some Unipart fog lights, which are crack free. The bonnet shuts and lines up just as it should, and also opens and closes correctly.
Around to the long sides of the Silver Spirit, the door shuts line up nicely on both sides. There are no dents down either side and it is nice and straight. The arches need some attention to both the front and rear, as these have seen much better days. The chrome mirrors have pitted along with the door handles. The window surrounds are not as bad but do have some areas of tarnishing.
The rear of the car is nice and straight, the lights are free from and splits or cracks. The Rolls-Royce badge has come off the lock cover for the boot, but this is inside the car and would just need glueing back on. All the hubcaps are present. The steel wheels behind are quite rusty and as you can see the tyres need replacing.
Fitted with a Rolls-Royce 6.75 litre (Six and Three Quarter) engine, when running the car would have been a lovely smooth V8 which was reliable and used by Rolls-Royce and Bentley for many years.
This one has not been started for a long time. The actual time spent standing is unfortunately unknown and so relevant checks should be carried out before attempting to start it.
The engine bay does look complete with no obvious items missing, but again, this would need to be confirmed by a professional who deals in the world of these cars. The Rolls is an automatic and, like the engine, should be checked out before attempting to drive once it starts.
Either a restoration project or a donor car for spares is the way to look at this Silver Spirit. The arches all need to be replaced, we are uncertain about the condition of the underside, but we do know the car was dry stored, so its not been left sitting there wet, which has to be a positive.
Looking from a glass half full perspective, we would assume the car was driven into the garage and it’s been left there after being passed to the previous keeper's wife, but obviously there is no way of knowing for sure.
That said, the general condition of the exterior and the interior would suggest it was a loved car at one point. Could you be the one to bring back the love for this Silver Spirit?
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