The Silver Spirit replaced the Silver Shadow in 1980. It was meant as a short term stop-gap until the smaller, more fuel efficient SX series. The SX never made it past the experimental stage, and the Silver Spirit soldiered on for 20 years over four “marks”. In 1982, a “mark 1” Silver Spirit would have set you back $111,000 ($277,000 in 2016 dollars). Today, you can pick one up for the price of an econo-box. Find this 1982 Rolls-Royce Silver Spirit for sale in Kirkland, WA for $11,950 via craigslist.
The cheapest new car you can buy in 2016 is the Nissan Versa, with an MSRP of $11,990. The Nissan is powered by a 1.6L four, belting out 109 hp. For $40 less, you can have this fine example of British-ness equipped with a 6.75L V-8, putting down adequate hp via a GM 3-speed slushbox. With only 61,000 miles on this example, it’s just broken in. Who needs a warranty anyway?
Inside, it’s like a gentlemen’s club with polished wood, wool carpets and blue leather. You also get an out of place Nardi wooden wheel. This car looks to be for sale by a dealer, given the stock tag for the key and the plastic on the carpet. Maybe you can score a better deal, since you are dealing with a dealer…
In the trunk it looks like you get some logo’d pillows and bath mats along with many opportunities for snarky comments.