Introduced to the market in 1980, the Silver Spirit is the first model under the SZ series of Rolls Royce. When it was released, it came with an option which had a longer wheelbase called the Silver Spur. Just like the Silver Spirit, the Silver Spur is a saloon-style car that is powered by a front-mounted engine that propels the rear wheels. Here's a quick look at the Rolls Royce Silver Spur through the years.
Design and development
The designs used for making both the Silver Spirit and Silver Spur were based on the look of the Silver Shadow--a luxury car from Rolls Royce that was produced by the brand from 1965 to 1980. While developing and creating the design of the Silver Spirit and Silver Spur, the first thing that the creators had in mind was keeping the ride quality of the vehicle. In the past, this was done to the Silver Shadow using self-leveling suspension. However, a girling automatic hydraulic ride height control system and gas-charged shock absorbers are used nowadays.
First generation: Mark I
The beginning of the 80s was a time of beginnings for Rolls Royce. The Silver Spirit and Silver Spur were introduced to the market, following the footsteps of the Silver Shadow. And just like their predecessor, these vehicles were powered by a 6.75 L V8 engine and they were run by a GM-sourced THM 400 3-spped automatic transmission.
Second generation: Mark II
In 1989, the second generation of Silver Spirits and Silver Spurs were introduced to the public at the Frankfurt Motor Show. The main upgrades for both models were in their suspension systems. Both models were also furnished with the Automatic Ride Control feature, which is a completely automatic system that constantly adjusts the dampers of the wheels whenever necessary. Aside from that, the Silver Spirit and Silver Spur also received a makeover in their interiors. Both vehicle models were equipped with newly designed dashboards that looked more modern. They were also furnished with new ventilation outlets that helped change their overall looks. A year after their release, a four-speed GM 4L80E transmission system option was also introduced.
Third generation: Mark III
The third generation of Silver Spirits and Silver Spurs were introduced in 1993 with under-the-hood and interior upgrades. They were equipped with dual airbags and rear seats were also made adjustable. In 1994, special edition variants of the Spur were introduced to the market and released in limited amounts. The first I a high-performance, turbocharged car called the Flying Spur while the second is a special edition called the Silver Dawn, which featured rear seat heaters and the Electronic Traction Assistance System.
Fourth generation: Mark IV
The final generation of the Silver Spirit and Silver Spur was released in 1995. During their last few years, both models received major upgrades inside and out. As the Silver Spirit ceased production, the Silver Spur continued for a few more years and a limited Park Ward edition was released.