Rolls Royce Silver Spirit Review from South Africa

1981 Rolls Royce Silver Spirit

Year of manufacture1981
Engine and transmission Don't Know
Distance when acquired106000 kilometres
Most recent distance350000 kilometres
Previous carRolls Royce Silver Shadow


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I have had no failures on the car.

Due to the excessive heat we experience in summer, 45 to 52 degrees, I fitted an American Flexolite Fan (Flex Fan). This has worked very well and I would recommend it.

I use the car every day, and normally travel every second weekend close on 2000 kilometers.

I have removed four of the six silencers, leaving only the back two. This has lessened the heat build up under the car, and improved fuel consumption.

I average 5/6 kilometers to the litre, averaging 140 kilometers an hour on a 600 kilometer trip.

General Comments:

I am very satisfied with the performance, it has never failed to deliver when presented with a challenge which I enjoy.

I also own a 71 Shadow, and have made the same conversions on it.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know

Review Date: 28th March, 2009

10th Jun 2012, 14:20

Most interesting! I'm in the American Deep South, and was worried about a Rolls Royce's possibly overheating here. I've saved your comment to my 'Rolls Royce' file, and will pass your description of your modifications along to whoever works on my car (should I buy one).

I drove Volvos for decades, and noticed an enormous improvement in reliability/longevity, once the company added a fan (probably similar to what you're describing), to control 'afterboil'. Good to know one can be retrofitted onto a Royce.

Thank you for that information!