1981 Rolls Royce Silver Spur Review from North America

1981 Rolls Royce Silver Spur

Year of manufacture1981
First year of ownership1999
Most recent year of ownership2003
Engine and transmission Automatic
Performance marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Dealer Service marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 6 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.6 / 10
Distance when acquired40000 miles
Most recent distance55000 miles
Previous carGMC S-10

Summary:

Breathtaking

Faults:

Ignition Module failed and was replaced at 53000.

Rear Hydraulic Shocks replaced at 53000.

Upon purchase I had the brakes redone and the engine and transmission flushed.

General Comments:

This is a Rolls Royce.

The comfort and appointments are exactly as one would expect out of this magnificent engineering marvel.

The dashboard and controls are understated and sparse, but fully control all comfort and driving needs.

The quiet smooth "wistfull" ride has to be experienced to be understood.

The feeling inside the cabin at 20 mph, versus the feeling at 70 mph is the same, other than the trees go by faster.

The most impressive experience is when accelerating from a full stop. The front of the car rises up like a massive bull and your body is firmly pulled back into the perfect seats, and the image in the rear view mirror were those whom had once shared the same piece of tarmac...

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 28th October, 2003

14th Jul 2005, 12:21

Though the Silver Spur has minor design faults, it is still the most prestigious and luxurious car of its period (1980-1998). To drive a Spur is an extraordinary pleasure and privilege.

21st Feb 2006, 23:15

Sorry, maybe I'm just ignorant, but what the heck is a "Skoda Estelle?"

James.

22nd Feb 2006, 09:47

James,

The Skoda Estelle is/was a car made by Skoda.

Skoda is now a Czechoslovakian company owned by Volkswagen, but before they bought it, way back in the 70s/80s, they made a rear-engined air-cooled car assembled by convicts and it was crap.

Skoda now make good cars.

So the author of the Skoda comment was probably just making a little joke.

4th Mar 2006, 22:51

Thanks for clearing that up, I'd never heard of, or seen one around before, but that's not surprising, considering it isn't an American car.

Average review marks: 8.6 / 10, based on 1 review