Classy, low-mileage 1994 Rolls-Royce Silver Spur III

The Pick of the Day present the aura of an opulent lifestyle at the price of a very ordinary new car

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The Silver Spur III would raise your profile in a sea of compact cars and SUVs

The automotive elite of the 1990s knew exactly where to find their transportation, and it didn’t come cheaply. 

Rolls-Royce has a longstanding history as a premium automaker, dating back as far as the early 1900s and at one time referred to as the “best car in the world.”  Consider that 26 years ago, a well-equipped Rolls-Royce had a price tag of $190,000.  Inflated to 2020 dollars, that’s $330,000 today, which for many is still more than the price of a home.

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The Pick of the Day is a Diamond Blue Silver 1994 Rolls-Royce Silver Spur III that’s been driven only 40,000 miles since new, according to the Marietta, Georgia, dealer advertising the Rolls on ClassicCars.com, who also notes that it comes with recent maintenance history including a refurbished braking system.

“This magnificent Spur III is in excellent condition throughout,” the seller says.  “It garners all the ‘oohs and aahs’ any time out.” 

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The car looks right at home in the photo gallery parked in front what appears to be a large southern plantation mansion.

Low-volume exclusivity has always been the name of the game for Rolls-Royce.  At the time of this writing, of the 38,478 vehicles listed for sale on the ClassicCars.com marketplace, just 261 are Rolls-Royces.  That comes out to just 0.7%. 

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Power for this large luxo-sedan comes by way of a 6.75-liter V8, and a 4-speed automatic transmission puts that power to the ground, probably without rippling the surface of a beverage in the cup holders. 

At $31,950, this Rolls-Royce provides a compelling opportunity to live the opulent high life with the budget of a new but generic Accord or Camry, especially If burled-walnut trim, wool carpeting and tray tables are high on your list of your car’s feature priorities.

To view this listing on ClassicCars.com, see Pick of the Day

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Tyson Hugie grew up in a family of gearheads and enjoys anything to do with automotive and motorsports. He is a contributing editor to Redline Reviews, a YouTube channel with coverage from major auto shows. He also writes for Arizona Driver Magazine and holds leadership positions with a number of car clubs. Tyson has lived in Arizona for 10 years and his current obsession is Japanese cars from the early 1990s which, though hard to believe, are now becoming classics. Tyson can usually be found exploring offbeat and obscure road trip destinations on his blog "Drive to Five," which started as a way to share travel stories and experiences with his now-550,000-mile Acura.

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  1. Parts availability is not an issue. Paying for said parts might be. Maintenance costs are crippling – and the reason why l no longer keep a similar Bentley. I absolutely loved every other aspect of owning and driving it but keeping it nice was crippling. How about US$500 for a set of front disc pads. Bear in mind that the car weighs 2.5 tons and is capable of startling performance and the brakes have to be capable of pulling it all up – that and economics of scale = expensive (but you can get them okay)

  2. The car is currently 16 years old and growing older every day.The real question here is, what if anything is a good value? Given a 40,000 current mileage indicator and knowing that the badge of Rolls Royce carries significant up charges all all parts purchased,perhaps a better value would be in the $20K to 25K range. If the car came with a warranty? Perhaps more value would be added,certainly a greater piece of mind would be enhanced.

  3. I have owned a 1986 Rolls Royce silver Spirit for the past two and a half years with only 64,000 miles on it and I find it to be very reliable and so far I have only had to change the oil and buy replacement windshield wiper motor that cost me $150 and I installed it myself. I replaced the voltage regulator on the alternator for $50 and that included installation because the alternator was a GM part. In general I find this car to be a good everyday driver and a lot less finicky than my 2008 SL550. I also had a 1957 Rolls Royce silver cloud 1 that I also found to be very reliable. And if you want to drive a car that get you noticed, you can’t beat a Rolls-Royce! Even the local cops stop me occasionally just to talk about the car.

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