One of my favorite things about the collector car hobby is that despite the many examples of stratospherically priced vehicles, there are still some truly exceptional cars that for whatever reason have depreciated to less than the cost of a new Toyota Camry.
These are not low-end cars but vehicles that when new were some of the most expensive and desirable cars available. Sometimes, this is due to the cars being not the best cars to own and drive, but in other cases it might just be that the particular car has just gone out of fashion.
The Pick of the Day was a top-of-the-market car for its era, a 1982 Rolls-Royce Silver Spur finished in Dark Oyster paint over a grey Connolly leather interior.
This luxury sedan it has covered only 43,700 miles from new, according to the San Diego private owner advertising the Rolls on ClassicCars.com. The car has largely original paint but has undergone minor paintwork that shows well, the seller adds.
The grille features the Rolls-Royce signature “Spirit of Ecstasy” hood ornament. The photos with the ad show that accenting brightwork for the bumpers, side view mirrors, door handles, appear to be in excellent condition.
The 6.75-liter V8 engine received a major service in November 2020, which included work on the fuel-injection system, oxygen sensors, valve-cover gaskets, spark plugs, fuel pressure regulator, window switch, emissions system, and an oil and filter change. The transmission fluid was changed in December 2019.
Steel 15-inch wheels with Rolls-Royce-branded hubcaps are wrapped in blackwall tires. The suspension is comprised of hydropneumatic self-leveling components and gas-charged shock absorbers, and stopping power comes from four-wheel power-assisted disc brakes. Power is directed to the rear wheels via a GM-sourced TH400 3-speed automatic transmission and a column-mounted shift lever.
The interior is furnished with power-adjustable gray leather seats and matching door panels, center console, dash, and carpeting, while the dash face is accented in burled walnut. Standard features include automatic climate control, power windows and power door locks, and an aftermarket stereo is installed in the dash.
This car is being offered for the very reasonable price of $19,950. While not perfect, this Rolls-Royce is a tremendous amount of car for the money, and it likely could be sorted fully for a few thousand dollars more by a good independent Rolls mechanic.
To view this vehicle on ClassicCars.com, see Pick of the Day.