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Rolls-Royce Silver Spirit
1996 - 1997



Number manufactured

My own counting: 145
Some other sources: 122.

First and last chassis number

First chassis number: SCAZS02C0TCH57003 (1996).
Last chassis number: SCAZS12C5VCH59368 (1997).

Dimensions, kerb weight, performance

The same specifications as the Rolls-Royce Silver Spirit III, with the exception of the acceleration and the top speed.

Length
width
height

527 cm; 528 cm at American cars
189 cm, 201 cm with mirrors
148 cm

Wheel base

306 cm

Turning circle

12.9 m

Kerb weight

2430 kg

Acceleration 0 - 100 km/h

9.7 seconds

Top speed

134 mph, 214 km/h

Characteristics and peculiarities

Backgrounds of this model
- The Silver Spirit is the successor of the Silver Spirit III.
- The lengthened edition, the Silver Spur, was upgraded too to a fourth generation of the model. From model year 1997 the Silver Spur was considered the standard edition and the Silver Spirit as a secondary model.
- The model is known as the 'New Silver Spirit'. Due to marketing decisions the cars didn't get a series IV designation because the suffix IV was found to be inappropriate in respect of some Far Eastern countries where it is a symbol of death.

General characteristics
- The radiator height being reduced by 2 inches.
- Adoption of an integrated front bumper and air dam design, together with wrap around bumpers. Also an integrated rear bumper design.
- The Flying Lady reduced in size by around 20 percent.
- Rubberised stone chip protection applied to wheelarches and sills, painted in the car's body colour.
- New window-mounted external mirrors fitted at the expense of the front quarterlights.
- New distinctively designed 16 inch wheels with silver painted finish to hub caps.
- An identification plate "SILVER SPIRIT".
- White wall tyres.
- A new Zytek electronic fuel injection management system.
- The spare wheel within the well of the boot.
- New facia and centre console with many detail alterations.
- Electrical adjustment of the steering wheel. Automatical lift of the steering wheel to aid entry and exit to and from the driver's seat.
- Redesigned seats with vertical fluting.
- Renewed in-car entertainment system.

Production and chassis numbers

Identification of the model in the chassis number
The chassis number of a Silver Spirit has:
- the letter A on the third position
- the letter S on the fifth position
- a number between 57003 and 58244 (model year 1996).
- a number between 59154 and 59368 (model year 1997).

Further details about the production and the chassis numbers
- In 1996 and 1997 the numbers of the following models are mixed within the same series of numbers: Silver Spirit, Silver Spur, Silver Dawn, Bentley Turbo R, Bentley Turbo R LWB, Bentley Brooklands, Bentley Brooklands LWB.

Series of numbers and unused numbers
- The numbers 58294 - 58500 within model year 1996 have not been used.
- The numbers 58505 - 59000 between the model years 1996 and 1997 have not been used.

Numbers LHD / RHD

Left-hand drive

Right-hand drive

Model year

Number

% (p yr)

Number

% (p yr)

Total

1996

28

20%

111

80%

139

1997

3

50%

3

50%

6

Total

31

21%

114

79%

145

Some chassis numbers

Model year 1996 is not listed below.

Model year 1997
SCAZS12C6VCH59086
SCAZS12C1VCX59154
SCAZS12C6VCX59182
SCAZS12C9VCX59211
SCAZS12C4VCH59345
SCAZS12C5VCH59368



Rolls-Royce Silver Spirit, model year 1996, press photos.











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