Spotted in Hong Kong – The Rolls that never rolls…

Posted: February 21, 2011 in Spotted
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Across the way from my house you can find a Rolls-Royce Silver Spirit IV, and other than getting the odd clean every now and then, it doesn’t get touched.  What a travesty!  To have such a beautiful car standing across from you, just to watch the wheels go square.

The first version of this car was launched in 1980, with three versions having been released up until the Silver Seraph succeeded it in 1998.  The particular model that stands across the road was produced between 1994 and 1998.  An interesting pub fact is that the Silver Spirit was the first Rolls to feature the retractable Spirit of Ecstasy.

The Silver Spirit IV has a 6.75-litre Rolls-Royce V8 engine, coupled with a 4 speed automatic gearbox.  The car was based on the same floorplan as its predecessor, the Silver Shadow.  It managed a top speed of 243 km/h and had a combined fuel consumption (city and highway) of 18.4 litres/100km.

The badge on the back of the Rolls says Silver Dawn, which means that it was probably imported from the US at some point as the Rolls was sold as a Silver Dawn only on the American market.

I’m sure there’s more of a story there, and if given the chance I’ll confront the owner and ask why the poor thing doesn’t get to move at all…  A sad, sad state of affairs.

  1. Geoff says:

    There is a god. Marc i am now on your mailing list!

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