1985 Rolls-Royce Silver Spirit: Undisputed elegance

1985 Rolls-Royce Silver Spirit: Undisputed elegance

Engine V8 Engine Location Front Drive Type RWDWeight 5175 lbs | 2347.341 kg Front/ Rear brakes DiscTransmission3-speed automatic

The legendary Rolls-Royce “Silver Series” would be incomplete without the elegant Silver Spirit. Despite many difficulties, crises, and postponements, it was released, declaring once again that hardships do not distract the luxury brand but make it even stronger.

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The noble character and unique style of Rolls-Royce Motor Cars models had always been the hallmark of the famous brand, which was and is a standard of luxury and class in the global automotive industry for over a hundred years. The brand’s vehicles had always been more than a car: they were their owners’ identity emphasizing their financial and social statuses․ Always ready to accept the challenge and create a truly unique masterpiece embodying the desires of its client, Rolls-Royce Motor Cars established its position as the world’s leading luxury brand. And such legendary automobiles as the Silver Down, Silver Cloud, Silver Ghost, Silver Shadow, and others forever remained in history as a symbiosis of style, luxury, and unsurpassed technical advancement.

The clients of the legendary British brand were and are the most ambitious and influential people, always striving to emphasize their belonging to the upper class and the elite.

The origins

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Once perfection is created, surpassing it becomes a difficult, if not impossible, task. Introduced in 1980, the Silver Spirit replaced the legendary Silver Shadow, the best-selling model in the brand’s history. The legacy of the Silver Shadow was undeniable: it was built in far greater numbers than any previous Rolls-Royce vehicle and was highly successful. The team had a difficult task – to create at least a similar successful model and, if they were lucky, to surpass the Shadow’s fame. The new automobile was entrusted to Austrian-born Fritz Feller, who was not new in the company and previously had experience working on the Silver Shadow. He aimed to create a masterpiece of which he would not be ashamed. Well, it seemed like he succeeded. The first Spirit had all the qualities inherent in the luxury automobiles of its time – large front and rear lights, linear style, and sharp edges, which were especially popular in the 80s. However, the conservatism inherent in the British brand still took up, and the automobile turned out to be restrained and classic.

Nevertheless, many thought that it was even a bit simple, while others thought it was timeless, as many of the solutions that found a place in the new model began to be massively applied a few years later. The first generation Spirit was 5.27 m long and 1.89 m wide and weighed 2.2 tons, which made it impressively large but not in any way bulky or ugly. Like its predecessors, the new Rolls was exquisitely beautiful: the Connolly leather interior, the most expensive and rare wood instrument panel, and the installed cutting-edge technologies made it a feast on wheels! 

The 1985 model year

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The 1985 model belonged to the first generation of Spirit, which was thoughtfully updated only in 1989. In the early days, the first cars had no leather steering wheels. However, this was reasonably practical, especially in terms of keeping them clean. In keeping with company tradition, engine power was not specified. Still, the 6.75-liter unit was productive enough: according to the tests, it accelerated from 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) in 11.4 seconds, reaching the top speed of 186 km/h (115 mph). Like all Rolls, Spirit drove smoothly, almost silently, so its ride was often compared to sailing a cruiser through the waves. Jokingly or seriously, the brand’s fans liked to say that the loudest thing in the brand’s vehicles was the clock ticking, which was digital in the 1985 Spirit. Inside, everything was done for the comfort of passengers. It was even said that the 1985 car had the best air conditioning system in the world at the time. This car was advanced for its time, as changing increasingly stringent environmental and safety standards have accompanied technical requirements. Although it was based on its predecessor, the Silver Shadow, the new automobile was much better in every way and represented progress in the truest sense of the word. Through various model updates, the Silver Spirit eventually outlasted its predecessor, the Silver Shadow. It remained in production for 18 years – until 1998, when Silver Seraph replaced it.

Did you know?

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The 1985 release was featured in such movies as “Naked,” “Eureka Street,” “The Echo”, “Com’è dura l’avventura,” “If You See God,” “Tell Him,” “A Foreign Field,” etc.

Technical specifications

Engine V 8

Engine Location Front

Drive Type RWD

Weight 5175 lbs | 2347.341 kg

Transmission 3-speed automatic

Front/ Rear brakes Disc

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1985 Rolls-Royce Silver Spirit: Undisputed elegance

Engine V8 Engine Location Front Drive Type RWDWeight 5175 lbs | 2347.341 kg Front/ Rear brakes DiscTransmission3-speed automatic

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