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I am enthusiastic about classics with a classic sportd car, several motorbike and want to add a Rolls Royce to my collection, the question is what type, Shadow or Spirit, which would suit me and my home workshop (lathes, milling, fabrication, ETC)?
 

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There is really no way to answer your question with any accuracy. First and foremost you need to drive as many examples of the cars your considering to determine first which era you actually like driving. The SY series cars are mechanically simpler (note, that's not simple), and the SZs started out almost the same (though that's when fuel injection came into play for almost all markets) and got progressively more complex/electronic/computer controlled throughout their production. The addition of active ride suspension and ABS as the SZ era progressed also added levels of complexity related to both.
 

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For greatest durability, probably, Spirit/Spur '87 1/2-'89 (chassis number 20,xxx). Mid to late of that series added ABS to the injection. That said, your appreciation of one style and handling/ride is highly subjective. Driving a bunch before you buy is excellent advice.
 

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Silver Cloud/Bentley S, or older.
You will get more use from your lathe on these cars.
The Shadow/Bentley T is pretty complex, and then after that you get into all these problematic circuit boards.
 
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