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Rolls-Royce Silver Spur
Springfield Edition, 1996, #TCX58225

Rolls-Royce Silver Spur Springfield Edition

"Among the finer things of life are the creations of quite ordinary men with imagination, who conscientiously and persistently apply their God-given talents towards perfection of the work of their choice" Arthur Soutter starts the introduction to his book The American Rolls-Royce. The book describes the eventful period during the 20ies and 30ies, when an American subsidiary of Rolls-Royce did exist. Rolls-Royce Silver Ghost und Rolls-Royce Phantom I were made at the Springfield Plant located in Hendee Street, Springfield, Mass. USA. The company files inform that the first car (chassis number #102CE) was completed there in January 1921.

Buttoned Chesterfield-style upholsteryIn 1996 Rolls-Royce celebrated the 75th Anniversary of Rolls-Royce in North America with a limited series "Rolls-Royce Silver Spur Springfield Edition". A bootlid-mounted badge informed "Coachbuilt at Rolls-Royce Motor Cars Limited, Crewe, England by Mulliner Park Ward". A choice between five two tone colour combinations adopted from those available on Brewster-bodied cars of the 20ies was offered. A reduced rear window was a most elegant solution to guarantee more privacy for rear seat occupants. As regards the interior the coachbuilder's craftsmen had indulged in buttoned Chesterfield-style upholstery. Special Madrona veneer with cherry cross banding and boxwood inlay was used. An inlaid and inscribed madrona veneer panel on the centre console marked the Anniversary.


Veneer panel The model featured memory-function of electronic, tilt-adjustable steering column and front seating (with lumbar support and heating elements) as well as inner and outer mirrors. Electrically adjustable rear seats, chrome bezels to instrumentation, vanity mirrors to the C-post, drop-down picnic tables in the backrest of the front-seats and a lot of other extras were standard. Standard, too, were AM/FM/ Cassette Radio with CD changer and concealed cell phone as well as the highly sophisticated self-adjusting air-conditioning unit.


EngineAs regards technical components Rolls-Royce decided to leave the well-proven units untouched. The 6.75-litre V8-engine provided more than sufficient power, the car accelerates magnificently. Smooth ride is guaranteed by electronically controlled roadholding. Should there be need, speed is eliminated impressively by the advanced ABS-assisted ventilated disc-brakes.

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In every visible and in every hidden detail Rolls-Royce Silver Spur Springfield Edition lived up to the characteristic that Arthur Soutter had described in the first sentence of his book The American Rolls-Royce. The only reason for critic might be that such remarkable motor cars were available exclusively to the US market. Perhaps one of the cars from the limited series will find a new home with an enthusiast living in another part of world? The photos show a Rolls-Royce Silver Spur "Stratford" from the Springfield Edition. 
Rolls-Royce Silver Spur Springfield Edition


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