The 1st Generation Rolls-Royce Silver Spirit
In 1980, Rolls-Royce introduced the 1st generation Silver Spirit Mark I full-size 4-door luxury saloon. The Rolls-Royce Silver Spirit Mark I was manufactured from 1980 to 1989 in Crewe, Cheshire, England. The designer for the original Silver Spirit Mark I was Fitz Feller in 1974. Furthermore, the Silver Spirit basis has been used for numerous other models including the:
- Flying Spur
- Park Ward
- Silver Dawn
- Touring Limousine
This basis makes the Silver Spirit a truly unique and special vehicle in the Rolls-Royce line-up.
6.75-Liter L410 V8 Engine with 237 Horsepower
The 1980-1989 Rolls-Royce Silver Spirit Mark I sports a 6.75-liter L410 V8 engine. This motor produces 237 horsepower and 332 lb.-ft. of torque. The motors backbone is a 16-valve system with 2 single-barrel carburetors. This engine can hit 60 mph in an estimation of 11 seconds. To 112 mph, the Silver Spirit Mark I takes around 54.5 seconds. Furthermore, the Mark I can reach a top speed of 120 mph. Finally, the engine works in combination with a GM THM 400 3-speed automatic gearbox.
Features and Technological Aspects of Mark I
The 1980-1989 Rolls-Royce Silver Spirit Mark I is built with quite a unique and competitive setup. Firstly, the car has unitary bodywork by Pressed Steel. Secondly, there is a hydropneumatics self-leveling suspension. Thirdly, the suspension also includes a Girling automatic hydraulic ride height control system. Fourthly, the shock absorbers are a gas-charged design. Lastly, the front of the vehicle has ventilated disc brakes while the rear has solid disc brakes.
The Beginning of the Rolls-Royce Luxury Saloon
Rolls-Royce Silver Spirit Mark I 1982 độc nhất tại Việt Nam – AUTOEXPRESSVN – YouTube
Note: The video is not in English but it is the best YouTube video showcasing the Silver Spirit Mark I.
The 1980-1989 Rolls-Royce Silver Spirit Mark I was the beginning of the luxury saloon era. With it’s basis in most other Rolls-Royce saloon models, the Silver Spirit “shines bright like a diamond”. This unique sedan is now a collector’s car but the value hasn’t held up well. A Mark I Silver Spirit can now be found for only $20,000 to $40,000. Although the value didn’t withhold, the Silver Spirit Mark I is a fabulous collector’s car for the Rolls-Royce fan. In conclusion, the Silver Spirit Mark I deserves respect as the foundation for many Rolls-Royce saloons.