It seemed that the 1980s was the decade in which cars lost their curves. Gone were the round, sweeping shapes of the 60s and 70s, and in with the squares and hard edges. None were spared, although some did better than others. Such is the case of the 1980 Rolls-Royce Silver Spirit. A direct descendant of the Silver Shadow, it did away with its round form, while simultaneously managing to maintain the general lines, which had proven so enduring,. The round headlight were replaced by square ones, modernity (as understood in 1980) oblige, but besides that, it remained a full-fledged Rolls-Royce, and unmistakably so.
True to form, the engine and transmission remained practically unchanged. The Silver Spirit was powered by a 6.7-liter V8 that produced an undisclosed number of horsepower and undoubtedly a massive amount of torque, paired to three and four speed automatic transmissions. Whatever it was, it was enough to push this heavy, ponderous car to a top speed of 130 miles per hour, and accelerate to 60 mph in less than 10 seconds. For a car that big, that’s quite the accomplishment!
Despite appearances, Rolls-Royce was never one to rest on its laurels, and the Silver Spirit benefited from continued technical improvements until its final demise, in 1998. The final cars were much more modern, easy to drive and faster than the original 1980 Rolls-Royce Silver Spirit, but remained true to their blue-blood roots.