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post #1 of 6 (permalink) Old 12-04-2019, 09:32 AM Thread Starter
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Rolls Royce Silver Spirit.

Hello Gentleman.

Usually my area or interest is the SY series motorcars, however i've been window shopping on Auto trader and Ebay at 1980s Silver Spirits

They vary in price, and i'm really starting to consider owning one.

What would be the primary things to look for?

There are three marks from what i can gather - the fourth being out of my price range!

Mark I and II and III I'm assuming the MK III being the Latter one is "superior" ?

Fuel economy is dreadful i'm guessing, but who buy's a Double R for economy!


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SZ's are a different animal using mineral oil vs RR363. However, as time progressed there were more electronics, modules, etc that will add to the aggravation of ownership.
I have often considered one....for me it looks like a big Volvo and it lost the nice lines of the Shadows. Just my opinion.

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I share totally wraithmans opinion.

Not wanting to upset forum members owners that have them but for me stick with SY's. They are much simpler to work on.

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It is pretty well accepted in the RR collector world that the 20K series SZs are, overall, the most reliable.

The very earliest ones are very similar to SY cars, with the exception of having gone to HSMO brakes/hydraulics, in markets where carbs were still being used. The fuel injection systems are beginning to show their age on all cars of that era, some more than others.

As has already been mentioned, as time marched on, and particularly with the introduction of the 30K series, the amount of electronics and number of ECUs increased dramatically. One of the strong points of RR/Bentley of this era is not, in my opinion, the reliability of their electronics (that's not a strength, really, of RR/Bentley in general, even reaching back before the 30K series SZ cars).

I have never been able to warm to the SZ series styling. The craze for "box like" during the era they were produced has caused me to remain cool to a very great many cars produced at that same time. And the quad headlamps on the US Spec versions is just not very pretty, to my eye. All of this being said, "Chacun à son goût!"


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If you find a good one with CIS injection. You're probably going to be happy with it.
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post #6 of 6 (permalink) Old 12-08-2019, 03:54 AM
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Originally Posted by Henry_b View Post

What would be the primary things to look for?
A rust free (if you can find one in your area) "20.000 series".

My 2 cents....
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