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Car of the Month - December 2018
Rolls-Royce Silver Spur Park Ward 1997, #CH80504
Stretch Limousine by Mulliner Park Ward


Rolls-Royce Silver Spur Park Ward

In the 1980s and 1990s Rolls-Royce had to deal repeatedly with requests for motor cars offering exceptional spacious interior necessarily achieved by considerably extended wheelbase. For various reasons clients were not willing to accept the somewhat old-fashioned Rolls-Royce Phantom VI that was developed as regards technical layout and design of the coachwork from the 1959 launched Rolls-Royce Phantom V. Instead the demand concentrated on advanced technical features of the modern model-series. Those were, of course, the "SZ-cars" which had been introduced with the 1980 Rolls-Royce Silver Spirit that guaranteed "State of the Art" thanks to up-dates becoming phased-in permanently to series-production. After an interim period when single "stretch limousines" had been built e.g. by coachbuilder Hooper or small series were made to the manufacturer's order by Rober Jankel the company decided to deal with the task in-house. The wholly company-owned subsidiary Mulliner Park Ward offered such models with a choice of various extensions. Such variants were usually though not always - finished with the designation Park Ward.

Rolls-Royce Silver Spur Park Ward

The last cars featuring an exceptinally extended wheelbase incorporated all the up-dates which from 1996 onward had enhanced the mainstream-models. Worth a note the Silver Spur's engine was more powerful due to installation of a turbo-charger and the design did benefit from a face-lift that made for smoother appearance. From 1997 onward the option of adaptive ride-control did guarantee an exqusitie handling. Inevitably the highly complex technical features (with a magnitude of electronic control units) made painstaking care as regards service imperative. Hence considerable amounts did result as regards service-bills. Such might rocket sky-high if, e.g. to repair any damage, labour and expenses are invested as regards coachwork or technical components which had been exclusively just fort hese series with microscopically small output. After more than 20 years have passed sind original delivery it is no miracle that in certain areas the spare parts situation is described as critical. 

Rolls-Royce Silver Spur Park Ward

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As regards the model shown here a statement has been noted this was "No. 4 of 38". Any detail and every aspect of this car is in immaculate condition and most impressively is shown what two decades ago has been a pinnacle of comfort. Even in today's traffic this Rolls-Royce shows a presence and exclusivity second to none.

Rolls-Royce Silver Spur Park Ward