At the turn of the 20th century, British gentlemen Charles Rolls and Henry Royce combined their last names, engineering skill, and business acumen to create the legendary automaker that remains associated with opulence and perfection to this day. Starting with the Silver Ghost of 1907, the company has a storied history including the manufacturing of airplane engines and its relationship with fellow high-end brands like Bentley and BMW.
Throughout that hundred-plus years, names like Phantom, Wraith and Cullinan have been associated the most outrageously lavish vehicles ever produced. Between 1980 and 1998, the Silver Spirit “SZ” line took the helm to become the platform for a host of motor cars like the Flying Spur, Silver Dawn and Bentley Mulsanne. Nine years into production, the Mark II series – of which today’s 1991 Silver Spirit II is part of – took over with a handful of refinements over the Mark I.
Honing Rolls’ reputation for ride quality, “Automatic Ride Control” was an upgrade that enabled real-time damper adjustment at all four corners. Anti-lock brakes and Bosch Motronic fuel-injection became standard equipment and aluminum alloy wheels were used for the first time. Only 1,152 of these Silver Spirit II’s were made and of those, just 169 left-hand drive models were made in 1991 – per RRSilverSpirit.com – making this very gently used example a rare Rolls-Royce in like-new condition.