Evolution not revolution was the name of the game as the Silver Shadow underwent metamorphosis in 1980 to become the Silver Spirit and in long wheelbase form, the Spur. The underpinnings remained the same with the monocoque bodyshell reworked with wider, lower and decidedly more aerodynamic styling.
Power came via the tried-and-trusted all-alloy V8, tweaked for more power and torque. In early carburetted form 198.5bhp and 340lb ft was enough to waft this 2245kg beast forward with consummate ease, while the hydro pneumatic self-levelling suspension kept inhabitants cosseted from matters as trivial as defective asphalt.
Like all its illustrious forbears it was engineered to within an inch of its life and supplied with fittings and finishes that were second-to-none – Connolly leather, Wilton carpets, walnut veneer… oh, yes please.
In any field of endeavour products are often given the ultimate compliment by calling it “the Rolls-Royce” of that particular world. That hard-earned accolade has always been gained by direct comparison to the automotive company’s sheer excellence, and cars such as the Silver Spur.