1996 Rolls Royce Silver Spur 6.75L V8
The 1996 Rolls-Royce Silver Spur was the best year of the later models
Aside from routine maintenance and care, nothing had gone wrong with the car.
The car is amazing, definitely the most comfortable I've ever owned. That goes a long way, considering I owned a 1978 Lincoln Continental Town Car before this.
The car is big, beautiful in and out, and immaculate. The power the car has is actually good. While it's no sports car, you'd be surprised at how quickly the car picks up speed. The thing you've gotta watch out for with big, heavy cars is that as they pick up speed, they generate a lot of momentum, which is good for keeping the car in motion without putting your foot on the pedal, but braking becomes a bit more difficult, especially with other cars around.
The real wood and leather interior is by far the finest I've ever seen in a car. It tops my old Lincoln in almost every way. It's not too advanced like the new BMWs and Mercedes, but it's definitely by no means low tech.
Handling is actually pretty good for a car of this size. The rack and pinion steering is definitely better than the recirculating ball used in the Lincoln. However, it's not completely fair to compare this car to one that is far larger. I specifically wanted a 1996, because in 1997 they added those sixteen inch wheels that hurt the ride quality in exchange for better handling.
As for gas mileage, my last car was a 1978 Lincoln Continental Town Car with a 460 V8 that got 8-14 MPG, so I'm pretty tolerant in this field. It's definitely better, around 12-17 MPG. Unfortunately, the better fuel economy is offset by the fact that the Rolls uses premium fuel, which is more expensive.
All around, the 1996 Rolls-Royce Silver Spur is a great car in practically every aspect. They sure don't make them like this anymore. Servicing is costly and must be done like every couple of months or so. I've helped offset the servicing costs by not taking it to the dealer, as they're not the most complicated cars in the world to work on, and the dealerships are ridiculously overpriced.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 27th August, 2012
In my opinion, these late model Spurs are some of the finest cars ever made by Rolls. You're right when you say they don't make them like this any more. The newer styles are so over the top and brutish looking to be considered true Rolls-Royces in my opinion. Today's newer models aren't even truly British any more; now they're almost all BMW designed and built.
The Silver Seraph, while also a beautiful car, started the whole trend, because it was powered by the BMW V12 engine instead of the traditional Rolls-Royce V8. It also had many BMW sourced parts. Why they had to go with the underpowered V12, we will never truly know the answer to that. Completely ridiculous, considering Bentley kept the V8, and now makes far more powerful cars than Rolls.