This particular example was owned by the same family most of its life and has a full and comprehensive Rolls Royce service history to guarantee its incredibly low mileage of 25000 miles. Coachwork is finished in burgundy with magnolia hide interior. Fitted with drinks fridge, cocktail cabinets, picnic tables, two telephones, cigar humidor and many more special features. This car is unmarked and in pristine condition. A full set of photographs and detailed write up are available by email if requested. ONumber 28 of only 71 cars built, this is a rare opportunity
Variations on a Theme
Although the revisions applied to the standard wheelbase cars were similarly employed on the long wheelbase Silver Spur, a particular derivation was a strictly limited edition, the Silver Spur II Mulliner Park Ward, 71 of which were built. Known in-house as ‘Mulliner Spurs’, it was the original intention to build just 25 of these cars, but they proved so popular that production was extended. These cars, all painted in a distinctive shade of red known as Bordeaux, were built in co-operation with the MPW factory at Willesden, and incorporated many special features which were that coachbuilder’s hallmarks. To contrast with the paintwork, which extended to the roof, thus eliminating the more usual Everflex roof covering, bumpers and headlamp surrounds were colour-coded; stainless steel body trim - running the entire length of the body sills and continuing around both front and rear wheelarches and along the lower portions of the rear wings - added to the car’s striking appearance. This roof embellishment made from 18-gauge stainless steel, was crafted by hand in true coachbuilding tradition. Other specific external features included discreet twin magnolia coachlines along the sides of the car, polished stainless steel bumper inserts, and a chromium-plated badge bar mounted on the front bumper. A unique badge on the boot lid proclaimed the car’s coachbuilding pedigree.
Designed essentially for export, the cars were built at Crewe but finished at MPW, and completed to exceptionally high standards of excellence which included interiors styled and furnished in the most exquisite manner. MPW began the theme for the limited edition Silver Spur II where Crewe left off with the Silver Spur Centenary five years previously.
The limited edition Mulliner Spurs therefore had a specification to satisfy the requirements of only the most discerning owner. Waistrails crafted from specially selected veneers, and complemented by silver inlays and R-R monograms, graced each car; the four door panels were veneered in American burr walnut; the same was used for the picnic tables fitted to the backs of the front seats and the companion surrounds in the rear quarter panels. The facia, naturally, received the special veneer treatment, extended to include the inner surface of the rear seat armrest that also served as an outer panel for the built-in refrigerator housed between the rear seat squabs.
Such was the careful attention to detail that the refrigerated compartment was both illuminated and temperature-controlled, and could hold two one-litre bottles of wine. Discreetly concealed within the luggage compartment, the refrigerator compressor was designed to operate only when the ignition was switched on; a voltage drop cut-out ensured the car battery was not drained in the event of the refrigerator being left on for too long without the engine being run. Everything had been painstakingly considered: below each picnic table in a compartment of its own was a cocktail cabinet made from American black walnut. The cabinets contained two crystal tumblers and a pair of crystal decanters, each with distinctive silver screw tops and MPW monogram. The driver’s central armrest contained a coin rack and trinket box, whilst the passenger armrest housed a Motorola cellular telephone. The rear lower armrest opened to reveal not only space for a separate telephone and its connection, but also a silver pencil and a R-R monogrammed leather-covered notebook.
There was more: the left-hand picnic table housed writing materials, whilst that on the right contained a smoker’s companion comprising humidor, cedar-lined cigar compartment and Dunhill silver-plated cigar cutter. In addition to the roof-mounted lams, chromium-plated swiveling reading lamps enabled rear seat passengers to read the Financial Times, Country Life, or whatever. Within the glovebox, the driver’s handbook was contained in a magnolia hide wallet that matched the car’s interior furnishings and, on the inside of the glovebox lid, a silver commemorative plaque recorded the car’s serial number. Special attention paid to the interior finish meant that the air conditioning sensors and speakers for the optimum in-car entertainment system were all colour-coded.
The car’s sound entertainment was truly impressive; powered by two 100-watt amplifiers located in the boot, the ten-speaker system featured a compact disc player with a six-disc stacking facility, as well as stereo cassette unit and radio. Remotely controlled from within the cabin, the CD player was installed in the boot, for reasons of security and conservation of interior space.
In a combined operation involved Crewe and Willesden, the Silver Spur II Mulliner Park Ward cars were extensively tested at both locations. In contrast to the production Silver Spirit II and Silver Spur II, the ‘Mulliner Spur’ models took rather longer to build with delivery extending to several months instead of the more usual average of twelve weeks.
These were among the last of the Rolls-Royce models to be built at Willesden.
Offered at £19950