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Rolls-Royce Silver Spur
1980 - 1989



Number manufactured

My own counting: 6,240
Other sources: 6,240 and 6,238.

First and last chassis number

First chassis number: SCAZN0000ACH01006 (1980).
Last chassis number: SCAZN02A4KCX27780 (1989).

Dimensions, kerb weight, performance

The Silver Spur is a lengthened Silver Spirit and has other dimensions and another weight than the Silver Spirit.

Length
width
height

537 cm; 538 cm for American cars
189 cm, 201 cm with mirrors
148 cm

Boot

0.35 m3

Wheel base
Track front/rear

316 cm
154/154 cm

Turning circle

12.1 m

Kerb weight

2273 kg; 2286 kg for American cars

Acceleration 0 - 100 km/h

10.2 seconds
10.6 seconds from 1987 VIN 20001 on

Top speed

119 mph, 192 km/h
126 mph, 202 km/h from VIN 20001 on

Characteristics and peculiarities

Backgrounds of this model
- The Silver Spur is the successor of the Silver Wraith II.
- The model was also available in Bentley-edition, as a Bentley Mulsanne Long wheelbase.
- The Silver Spur was not available on the American, Canadian and Japanese markets until model year 1981, just like the Silver Spirit.
- The Silver Spur was also sold with a division, from 1983 up to and including 1988.

Original characteristics
- The Silver Spur has the same specifications as the Silver Spirit but is lengthened by 4 inch (10 centimeter) compared to the Silver Spirit.
- The Silver Spur is standard provided with an everflex vinyl roof, RR-badges on the C-style and hub caps in Corniche-style.
- The extra length is completely available for the rear passengers. The rear doors are 4 inches longer.
- The Silver Spur could be ordered with a division.
- The Silver Spur has the same engine and gear box as the Silver Wraith II: a 6750 cc V8 engine without turbo with a three speed automatic gear box (GM400) and carburetters (Japanese cars fuel injection). The maximum power is 198,5 bhp at 3800 rpm.
- The Silver Spur has rectangular head lamps with twin lamps.
- Until 1985 the head lamps were provided with a wash/wipe headlamps cleaning system.
- The back seats have a styling of two separate seats instead of a bench.
- The Silver Spur is, together with the Silver Spirit, the first model that comes with a Flying lady that disappears in the radiator shell at impact.
- The grille is 1 inch lower and 2,5 inch wider than the grille of the Silver Wraith II. The material is polished stainless steel.
- Cars with a carburetter have two spread out exhaust pipes. Cars with an injection system (American market) have a single exhaust.
- Up to and including model year 1986 cars for the American, Canadian and Japanese markets have a fuel injection system, cars for other markets have carburetters.
- The Silver Spur has mineral fluid (HSMO, also called LHM) in the hydraulic system.
- The floor panel is the same as the basic floorpan of the Silver Wraith II.
- No identification plate.

Model year 1981
- The Silver Spur was not available on the American, Canadian and Japanese markets until model year 1981. American models have separate twin rectangular sealed beam headlamps without cover. These lamps have no wash and wipe facility.
- American models have energy absorbing bumpers (which make the car a bit longer), no airdam and no fog lamps.
- American, Canadian and Japanese cars are provided with fuel injection.

Model year 1985
- The head lamp wipers are replaced by high pressure jet washers.
- Changes to the dashboard.

Model year 1986
- From model year 1986 the Silver Spur gets new stainless steel wheel trims.
- The number plate is fitted on the bumper instead of below it.
- Standard with a cellphone housed within the front central arm rest.
- Australian cars are fitted with standard fuel injection.

Model year 1987, from number 20001 on
- Standard fuel injection.
- Restyled seats with increased lateral support and fully-adjustable head restraints inside the passengers compartment. Electrical operation of the seat squab.
- Electric front seat adjustment, linked to an electronic memory device with four preferred positions for both driver and passenger; mirror positions are logged in the memory system.
- Bosch anti-locking brakes on all cars except for the NA market.
- Hard suspension, like the Turbo R.
- One-piece airdam.
- Changes to the dashboard and centre console.
- From number 20240 on in model year 1987 the Silver Spur was fitted with a catalyst, but could also be specified without it.

Model year 1989
- From model year 1989 the Silver Spur got a new front airdam again.
- New in-car entertainment system.
- Restyled cantrail finishers.

Production and chassis numbers

Identification of the model in the chassis number
The chassis number of a Silver Spur has:
- the letter A on the third position
- the letter N on the fifth position (without division)
  or the letter L on the fifth position (with division)
- a number between 01006 and 27780.
The following models have the same identification:
- Silver Spur Centenary (separate number)
- Silver Spur Centenary Replica (separate series of numbers).

Further details about the production and the chassis numbers
- The chassis numbers in the years 1980 up to and including 1989 are assigned in batches. Batches exist for the standard saloon models (Silver Spirit, Mulsanne), the long wheelbase models (Silver Spur, Bentley LWB), the turbo models (Mulsanne Turbo, Turbo R), the Bentley Eight, the convertibles (Corniche, Continental), the Camargues and the Phantoms VI.
- The Silver Spur and the Bentley Mulsanne LWB (Mulsanne S LWB from 1988) without turbo have got mixed numbers within the same batches.
- In model year 1980 every Silver Spur had four noughts on the sixth up to and including the ninth position of the chassis number. This part of the number didn't get a correct value until model year 1981. That means also that the control digit (ninth position) in model year 1980 is not correct for sure.
- In model year 1980 no Silver Spur was built for the American, Canadian and Japanese markets. The production for these marketss started with model year 1981.
- The first cars from model year 1980 were destined for promotional purposes.

Series of numbers and unused numbers
- No number was assigned to a Silver Spur between 10111 and 12000, and between 16971 and 20000. Between 10111 and 10427 there are series of numbers that are assigned to other models (Corniche, Continental, Camargue, Phantom VI).





Rolls-Royce Silver Spur, model year 1980, press photos (above).
Rolls-Royce Silver Spur, model year 1981,
press photo for the American market (below).



Rolls-Royce Silver Spur, model year 1982, press photos (below).






Rolls-Royce Silver Spur, model year 1987, press photos (below).



















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