The Rolls-Royce Silver Spur and Rolls-Royce Silver Spirit were available from 1980 until 1999. In four different revisions to keep actual. From the Mark I a total of 6.240 Rolls-Royce Silver Spurs were produced and 8.126 examples of the Rolls-Royce Silver Spirit. The Mark I was available between 1980 and 1989. Although coachbuilders weren’t as active as back in the pre-1960 period, Hooper was still there to add additional luxury or special custom wishes.
The Spirit/Spur carried over the basic design of the Silver Shadow, its 6.75 L L410 V8 engine and GM sourced THM 400 3-speed automatic gearbox, and similarly styled unitary bodywork manufactured at Pressed Steel. The Spur/Spirit continued the Silver Shadow’s emphasis on ride quality by utilising its hydropneumatic self-levelling suspension, modified with Girling automatic hydraulic ride height control system and gas-charged shock absorbers.
A Rolls-Royce Silver Spur by Hooper is very rare.
The St James
When California real-estate tycoon Angelo Markoulis (1926-2012) decided in late 1983 to reward himself for his extensive business achievements, he wanted something truly special. He visited Spencer Pressler at Cerrito Motor Coach Limited, the Rolls-Royce dealership in San Jose, California, and commissioned a one-off Rolls-Royce Silver Spur with additions by in-house unit Hooper & Company Ltd. Named as tribute to their former premises located at St James Street in London, the “St James” took almost a year to complete.
The Hooper conversion was extensive. Finished in two-tone Georgian Silver and Ocean Blue, external additions included an oversize sterling silver Flying Lady, power rear sunroof and special ‘Hooper’ and ‘St James’ badges on the boot. The interior was ordered in Light Blue Luxor leather and Grey piping, complemented by a Grey headliner and Mountain Blue carpets bound with Grey Luxor leather. Wood veneer picnic tables, cocktail cabinets and a television are available to those passengers in the back seats, while the dashboard holds an Alpine AM/FM stereo and equalizer with an Alphasonik Autosub. Other unique features include radar detector and Harris telephone (1984!). This is a very unique Rolls-Royce Silver Spur by Hooper.
In 1987, after driving the St James for 1,335 miles, the vehicle was put to rest in the family garage. Used sparingly since, when sold to the Netherlands in 2015, the odometer read just over 1,500 miles. The St James was shown at Concours d’Elegance Suisse in 2018 where it placed 1st in the Future Classiques, Berlines de Luxe 1980–1985 class. Recently serviced and ready to be enjoyed. Currently the car has driven a total of 1,655 miles since new.
With such low mileage, it presents in exceptionally well-preserved condition throughout. A true one-off with almost every option possible, the ‘St James’ will surely attract collectors looking for something truly special.
Import taxes for both EU countries and Switzerland are paid for.
This exceptional los mileage and well-preserved one-off Rolls-Royce Silver Spur “St James” by Hooper is for sale. Please don’t hesitate to contact us for further details.