Rolls Royce Flying Spur to pierwszy model marki, w którym odnaleźć możemy turbosprężarkę. Jest to silnik, który zapożyczony został z Bentleya Turbo R, podobnie jak i zawieszenie, zaś reszt specyfikacji odpowiada modelowi Rolls Royce Silver Spur III na rok modelowy 1995. W planie zbudowanie było jedynie 50 egzemplarzy, choć produkcja zakończyła się ostatecznie na 134 sztukach. Co ciekawe, każdy z nich otrzymał numer egzemplarza na konsoli, i zawsze była to liczna z przedziału 1-50. Prezentowany numer 23 wyszedł trzykrotnie, choć tylko ten egzemplarz był w specyfikacji RHD. Samochód ma piękny czerwony kolor i beżową skórę, miał dotąd tylko dwóch właścicieli i przebył dystans 91 tysięcy mil. Licytowany jest bez ceny minimalnej, i choć prognoza przedaukcyjna opiewa na 30-40 tys. euro, sprzedany został za 16 tysięcy EUR.
Alexander Babic ©2020 Courtesy of RM Sotheby’s
1995 Rolls-Royce Flying Spur
€30,000 – €40,000
Lot Location: Karlskron, Germany
Offered Without Reserve
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European Offering – Auction Closes on 26 February 2021
Chassis No. SCAZG03C8SCH55305
Documents: German Fahrzeugbrief
Just two private owners and just under 91,000 miles from new
One of 134 examples produced, one of only 42 built to RHD specifications
Retains its original manuals and service book
Introduced as a limited-edition model of the Silver Spur III for the 1995 model year, the Rolls-Royce Flying Spur was the very Rolls-Royce to be fitted with a turbocharged engine. Naturally, this engine was sourced from Rolls-Royce’s corporate siblings at Bentley. The tried and true 6.75-litre turbocharged V8, as found in Bentley’s Turbo R provided more than adequate performance, especially considering the car’s weight. Tipping the scales at 2,387 kg, 100 km/h could be achieved from a standstill in roughly seven seconds, leading to a top speed of 225 km/h. Also retaining the Turbo R’s settings for its adaptive damping and self-leveling suspension, these Rolls-Royces were as exciting to drive as they were to be driven in.
Interest was strong and it quickly became clear that there was enough demand for more than the fifty cars Rolls-Royce initially intended to build. By the time production concluded, 134 Flying Spurs had left the factory. Interestingly, each car was given a specific number engrained in the wood trim on the centre console, but these were numbers out of fifty (for the American and European markets respectively) rather than one hundred and thirty-four. For example, the car presented here proclaims itself as “Number 23 of 50”, a specific number which two other Flying Spur’s received.
Built to RHD specifications to be delivered to the U.K. through SP. Broughton & Company, Rolls-Royce’s official dealership in Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, chassis number 55305 was first registered in the U.K. in June of 1995 under registration number CPH 1. Finished in attractive Red Pearl over a beige leather interior, it was purchased new by an English businessman and remained with him in the U.K. until it was purchased by the consignor from RR&B Garages in Birmingham. At that point, it was exported to Germany, where it has remained ever since.
The car is accompanied by its original service book, tracing its mileage and showcasing regular servicing whilst in the U.K. Since coming to Germany, it has been serviced by Michael Gross, a Rolls-Royce specialist based in Berlin. According to the consignor, the car runs smoothly and is fitted with an upgraded stereo with satellite navigation. Furthermore, it comes with two sets of keys, its original owners’ manuals and the aforementioned service book.
Combining the opulence one would expect from Rolls-Royce along with the performance one would expect from Bentley, the Rolls-Royce Flying Spur offers the best aspects of both brands for the discerning enthusiast.