Concours Quality: 1982 Rolls Royce Silver Spur – SOLD!
March 4, 2021 Update – Just one week after we featured this stunning Rolls Royce, we confirmed the seller of this “Classifind” deleted their listing, so we’re now able to call this one “SOLD!” While this one got away, please reach out either by email or call Rudy directly if you’d like to be informed when we come across something similar.
If you want to own a car that is simultaneously one of the most luxurious and potentially risky models to maintain over the long-term, you might be a candidate to own a 1980s Rolls Royce. This 1982 Rolls Royce Silver Spur is said to be a top-shelf example, according to the seller’s listing we originally found in February 2021 on Craigslist in Sarasota, Florida, with under 50,000 miles and an asking price of $24,995. Comparing this price against the Hagerty Insurance Online Valuation Tool indicates the seller may be aiming a bit high, as a “Concours”-grade model is valued at $19,100, and while this example looks quite nice, the jury is out as to whether it’s so exceptional that it gets a $5,000 bump.
The Rolls-Royce Silver Spirit is perhaps one of the company’s most recognizable product lines, a car that exudes wealth even when found at a seedy used car lot. Reputation-wise, it’s a mixed bag: there are certainly British car enthusiasts who preserve them to exceedingly high degrees (perhaps this car is one of them), but many other Silver Spirits and its cousin at Bentley, the Mulsanne, simply end up as tired used cars with expensive problems that cheap owners don’t want to fix. And who can blame them? Values haven’t exactly been sky-rocketing but the price to repair a Rolls Royce doesn’t get cheaper over time. The Silver Spur, as featured here, is the long-wheelbase version of the Silver Spirit, and is likely the model that diplomats and heads of state preferred for having plenty of room to draft correspondence on one of the standard writing tables.
If you wish to own one, it pays to pay more for the best-maintained example you can find. The difference between saving a few bucks and buying a turnkey car just isn’t worth it, as the cost of parts is so expensive that this is one of those rare instances where even if you do all the work yourself, you’ll wipe out the value of paying less upfront in no time. Now, the seller tosses around the word “Concours” in the listing with no clear statement that he believes his car qualifies as such, but the presentation in the photo gallery certainly points to being a well-maintained example. The seller notes a few positives, in addition to the cosmetics and low mileage, such as upgraded European headlights and recent servicing of the air conditioning, hydraulic systems, and battery. If you need to look like a kingpin living in Sarasota, Florida, I can’t think of a better car than this. Good luck with the purchase if you decide to fit it in your garage.
Here’s the seller’s description:
“Vintage 1982 Rolls Royce Silver Spur. Nutmeg Brown, tan top, perfect condition, flawless, Hagerty Concours 4; Extra Include – deep wool mats, euro headlamps, manuals/parts, car cover, ownership/service history; serviced AC, hydraulics, and battery within last 300 miles. Low miles 45650.
Perfect for cruising, car shows, tailgates, special occasions, collections. Beautiful, luxurious head-turner. Rides like a dream.“
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