The Notorious 2017 Aston Martin DB11

Posted in Aston Martin, Editorials, Exotic & FAST, Exotic Sports Cars with tags , , , , , , on September 7, 2016 by 99MilesPerHour

The new kid on the block…

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Aston Martin has set forth benchmarks of what a car in its class should be. It has never deviated from this premise. Aston Martin adheres to strict personal conviction and has achieved a high standard of individualism and a persona that in itself has become a standard for other motorcars. It has successfully combined and synthesized luxury with magnificent performance. The formidable DB series established the high performance racing image for the brand. One of the most famous models is the Aston Martin DB5 driven by the fictional sleuth James Bond.

The Aston Martin DB legacy continues with the 2017 DB11 clothed in sleek, athletic, aerodynamic architecture. The spirited new design follows Aston Martin styling continuity. It has already earned obsequious flattery world-wide. The Aston Martin team of dedicated enthusiasts collaborated once again to bring forth one of the most ambitious projects ever in automotive design. Aston Martin is a posh supercar for those who demand fervent individuality. Welcome to the power, beauty, and soul of the latest edition in the continuing saga of the elite DB marque of excellence.

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A bit of history…

The fast and ferociously powerful Aston Martin DB Series began its iconic existence as a prolific ingénue under the tutelage of the managing director Sir David Brown. He saved the company from financial ruin right after WWII.

From extremely humble beginnings to world-wide respected esteem, the NOTORIOUS Aston Martin DB Series has maintained a highly prestigious heritage earning its place in automotive history. Aston Martin is Great Britain’s only independent automaker –

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Sir David purchased the company in 1947 sharing knowledge and resources with his esteemed colleague W.O. Bentley.  An impressive 2.6 litre Lagonda engine designed by W.O. Bentley was chosen to power the DB2. Three short years later…the DB legend was born. It quickly became an automobile series bristling with bravado.

The Aston Martin DB series established the brand’s racing pedigree. The DB4 and DB5 introduced Aston Martin’s grand touring eloquence, thus…its formidable identity developed and became etched into the minds of connoisseurs. It continually emerged as a world-class thoroughbred through evolution. Each subsequent DB is a masterpiece built upon the previous model’s finesse which raises the bar of success in the automotive industry to an even higher degree –

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Beauty is more than skin deep…

Aston Martin has acquired the status of building the world’s most beautiful automobiles…repeatedly. If seduction could manifest itself as an automobile…the Aston Martin DB11 is it. If you look deeply into its styling, the design features hint at the epochal Aston Martin One-77 which is the epitome of automotive design and was built at a highly restricted pace of only 77 vehicles.

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The most significant aspects of the DB11’s design maximizes its aerodynamic efficiency. The bonded aluminium structure has a weight reduction to offset the new V12 engine’s heavier mass. Its dramatic new design is augmented by Aston Martin’s “Curlicue” and “Aeroblade” systems.

Familiarize yourself with these two words because you will be hearing a lot more about them in the near future. These principles are so innovative that Aston Martin has patents for them. These features made the rest of the automotive industry “nervous” leaving them scrambling back to the drawing board just to catch up.

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Every beautiful square inch of the architecture has purpose. The DB11 is designed to cleave the air efficiently. An automobile must manage the air flow from nose to tail to effectively maintain stability while maximizing downforce. The DB11 uses its architecture to master its dynamics to “ride like the wind.” Instead of fighting the turbulence and wind resistance around the vehicle…the Curlicue and Aeroblade systems ingeniously works with these elements.

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From the dramatic new roof strakes to its concealed aerodynamic defense system, the Aston Martin DB11 is a grand tourer for today’s world. Fancy grille-like vents are incorporated into each front fender’s wheel arch lining. These apertures are known as “Curlicue” and are integrated into the car’s aerodynamic network to reduce front-end lift.

High pressure air from the top of the front wheel arches are vented through recessed apertures behind the iconic Aston Martin styling side strakes. More high pressure air is extracted from the rear of each wheel arch through stirrup vents positioned aft of the front wheels. This intricate airflow system was developed for Aston Martin’s racing division.

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DB11’s aerodynamic form follows function. Low, sleek, chiseled flowing lines from the aggressive front end ensemble sweep back to be intercepted by the familiar wide muscular haunches at the rear. The “Aeroblade” system harnesses airflow along the vehicle’s flanks enhancing stability at the rear.

Air intake duct-work located in the base of the “C-pillars” draw airflow within the architecture before extracting it from slots in the rear bootlid. This system works like a conventional spoiler directing the jet of disrupted air reducing lift and maximizing downforce. This eliminates the need for a rear wing. When extra stability is required a small active spoiler automatically deploys from the bootlid. When it is no longer needed, it retracts back into the bootlid.

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The legacy endures…

The DB11 exemplifies the Aston Martin tradition of aesthetic design. Its striking new beauty is refined and elegant. The front end design is highlighted by the signature grille which has been moderately refreshed. All-new LED headlamps adds a distinctive contemporary flair.

The clamshell bonnet is designed with an exclusive wrap-around form to minimize unsightly shut lines. It’s hinged forward to showcase the formidable V12 engine.The DB11’s styling is ‘pedestrian friendly’ as with all Aston Martin motorcars. DB11’s specs are 1.2” longer, 0.3” higher, with a 2.5” longer wheelbase than the DB9. The silhouette may be new, but it’s unmistakably Aston Martin.

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The rear end design is as dramatic as the front end ensemble. Newly designed LED taillamps are the focal point. Flowing sculpted lines end perfectly with an impressive diffuser assembly. Prominently displayed matte finish stainless-steel exhaust ports echo the famous tuned baritone symphony from its mighty V12 engine. The car is drop-dead gorgeous which is the major reason why Aston Martin’s involvement in the automotive industry remains central…never peripheral. There’s no soft-pedaling an Aston Martin.  The DB11 is a peerless collage of aluminium, glass, and British technology.

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A preeminent performer…

As if the bold new exterior design isn’t enough to convince you…the magnificent all-new aluminium V12 engine should sign, seal, and deliver the deal. The 5.2 litre 48-valve twin-turbocharged V12 cranks an audacious 600 bhp @ 6,500 rpm packing a prolific punch with 700 Nm of peak torque @ 1,500 rpm. Longitudinal acceleration is rated as 0-62 mph in just 3.9 seconds with a top speed in the 200 mph range. The DB11 is the most powerful and efficient production model in Aston Martin history.

It’s equipped with Dual Variable Camshaft Timing, fully CNC machined combustion chambers, and a fully catalyzed stainless-steel electronically controlled exhaust system. Charge air temperature for the twin turbos is maintained by twin water to air charge air coolers mounted on either side of the engine. This type of configuration uses the shortest charge air path minimizing charge inertia to optimize throttle response.

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The alloy quad overhead cam bi-turbo V12 boasts a start/stop cylinder de-activation system. This ingenious design will switch to an in-line 6-cylinder configuration under normal driving situations to increase fuel economy.  It also means that the twin-turbocharged V12 shuts down one bank of 6-cylinders AND one of the turbochargers. This measure reduces engine wear by switching between banks keeping the catalyst hot.

The front mid-mount engine is set up for rear wheel drive. The rear mid-mounted 8-speed automatic gearbox has an electronic shift by wire control system for those who prefer to do the shifting themselves. The DB11 is fitted with an alloy torque tube with a carbon fibre prop shaft to save weight, and a limited slip torque vectoring differential to maintain traction under all driving situations. Extraordinary sports car performance is just a tap of the accelerator pedal away.

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A masterful grand tourer in every aspect

The DB11 is more than just a fancy sporting machine…it’s an Aston Martin. An impressive array of logistics accompany this iconic road-going masterpiece. Ingenious Launch Control – the same technology developed for the brand’s class-leading motorsport division – balances throttle, transmission, traction, and damping controls to optimize take-offs from a standing start catapulting the DB11 as quick as a cat.

Its driver-selectable dynamics tailor the experience to suit the driving situation. GT mode captures the essence of Aston Martin luxury for exemplary ride quality in the grand touring tradition. Sport mode stiffens the suspension while providing agility. Sport-Plus fine tunes and synchronizes steering, suspension, 8-speed transmission, and torque vectoring for the ultimate high performance adventure in automotive paradise. Dynamic Stability Control (DSC), Traction Control (TC), Positive Torque Control (PTC), and Dynamic Torque Vectoring (DTV), all network to make this happen…

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Such a powerful grand tourer requires an equally qualified braking system. The DB11 benefits from Aston Martin revolutionary braking technology. Front ventilated 2-piece steel brake discs are fitted with 6-piston calipers. Rear ventilated co-cast piece steel discs are fitted with 4-piston calipers. These motorsport-inspired assemblies shorten stopping distance as they provide safe, fade-free operation with rapid heat dissipation.

Electronic Brakeforce Distribution intuitively varies the force applied to each wheel contingent upon speed, road conditions, load, etc. to maintain optimum vehicular control under all driving situations. Electronic Brakeforce Distribution combined with ABS maximizes stopping power to avoid skids for accident avoidance. Hydraulic Brake Assist increases braking pressure in panic braking automatically within milliseconds reducing stopping distances even further.

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Beneath the sumptuous design of the DB11 is a sophisticated network of Aston Martin technology. It will feature Aston Martin’s newly engineered architecture. The previous VH (Vertical Horizontal) design platform has been used since 2001 on all models except the One-77. The all-new bonded aluminium platform is lightweight and rigid to aid the vehicle’s wind-cheating abilities. It includes components from AMG, Mercedes-Benz high performance division.

The front suspension uses double wishbones and coil springs. The rear has a multi-link set-up and also uses coil springs. Front and rear anti-roll bars and an intuitive Adaptive Damping System (ADS) maintains stability enhancing overall driving dynamics. Speed contingent rack and pinion electric power steering has power column tilt and reach adjustment for the steering wheel. The DB11 rides upon staggered Bridgestone tires with size 9J X 20” S007 255/40 ZR20 fitted to the front axle and size 11.0J X 20” S007 295/35 ZR20 fitted to the rear axle. Dashing 20” 10-spoke Diamond Turned wheels adds the finishing touch.

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…Aston Martin – Style

Cabin Amenities remain tastefully appointed in the tradition of the brand. Wide individual lounge seats are highlighted with Aston Martin’s brogue detailing. The interior is enhanced with hand-tailored leather with soft Alcantara accents. Nexus quilting and Celestial perforation adds a dashing flair. Myriad color combinations are available from conservative to exotic.

Its ergonomically designed comfort includes head restraints embellished with the familiar Aston Martin logo. The cabin benefits from the 2.5” longer wheelbase with increased head and legroom in the rear passenger compartment. There is also more room in the boot. Wider door apertures offer easier entrance and exits. This is a highly bespoke motorcar offering an inspiring array of detailing and options to satisfy the most discerning clientele.

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The all-new instrument panel has a full color 12” TFT LCD display that contains all of the DB11’s primary information. Another 8” TFT screen is centrally located for infotainment including Satellite Navigation and is controlled by a rotary controller. An optional touchpad offers character recognition, multi-touch and gesture support. Aston Martin Premium Audio or an available Bang & Olufsen sound system upgrade brings concert hall quality along for the drive. A convenient Parking Assist feature is equipped with a 360 degree camera. The DB11 is a luxury sport car complete. Everything is pleasing to the eye and convenient to the touch…

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An Aston Martin is one of the world’s most eloquent possessions. It is designed for men and women of taste who have worked hard to get where they are in life. Its poised beauty is the envy of the auto industry. Through evolution, the Aston Martin becomes even lovelier. The latest offering in this exclusive continuing saga is the DB11. As the world bids farewell to the iconic DB9 series – the formidable presence of the DB11 takes center stage.

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This sophisticated new expression of Aston Martin is the most powerful and efficient road-going model in the history of the brand. The ferocious new 48-valve, 5.2 litre twin-turbocharged V12 engine delivers 600 horses with a swift top speed in the 200 mph range. The DB11 is the epitome of handcrafted grand tourers with every luxury and convenience presented as standard equipment to make each drive enjoyable and considerably effortless. Aston Martin has once again exceeded superlative with the introduction of the 2017 DB11…a proud successor in the illustrious DB series of high performance motorcars. Welcome to the power…beauty…and soul of the Aston Martin DB11. It’s NotoriousLuxury in every respect.

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A Contemporary Flashback: The Speedback GT

Posted in Editorials, Exotic Exotics, Exotic Sports Cars, Luxury Sport Cars with tags , , , , , , , , , on August 9, 2016 by 99MilesPerHour

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It is as contemporary as it is classic…

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There’s a high-tech renaissance cruising the horizon. The corporate mission statement is: “To achieve classic status, one must draw from the past and then embrace the future.” It’s a return to exemplary quality, fit and finish from the 1960s…transforming them into 21st century principles, adding the coachbuilder’s venues.

The man is David Brown. The impressive motorcar is the elusive Speedback GT. The company is David Brown Automotive. David Brown is not associated with Sir David Brown and Aston Martin to dispel ambiguity. David Brown Automotive is a refreshing new approach to a time-honored tradition adding their own interpretation of excellence. The British Speedback GT is the “dernier cri” in sporting grand touring automobiles –

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It takes courage and conviction to transform a dream into reality. That one singular idea leads to a vision…then, that vision becomes a driving force as fierce and unrelenting as a hurricane. David Brown’s indomitable vision and his zealous pursuit for perfection resulted with the introduction of the all-new Speedback GT.

It’s a contemporary rendition of a classic grand tourer designed for the enthusiast with a thirst for adventure…one who doesn’t follow status quo. The timeless elegance of Speedback GT will challenge the years gracefully leaving its indelible impression in automotive history. For a mere £495,000 or $795,000 you can park one of these in your garage…

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The Speedback GT made its enigmatic entrance at The Top Marques Show on April 17, 2014. This show of supercars is an annual event where the outrageous meets reality. This is THE most exclusive auto show in the world. It takes place in the Grimaldi Forum, an exclusive seafront conference center in Monaco. The sleek handcrafted Speedback GT is a contemporary supercar reminiscent of classic sports cars from the Sensational-Sixties.

It reintroduced the age-old art of coachbuilding…which is the summit of the automaker’s craft. This elite example of automotive art will be built at a highly restricted pace not to exceed 100 vehicles which will make them instantly collectible. David Brown Automotive is a spanking new entry in the automotive industry. The ultimate embellishment of British craftsmanship adds to the Speedback GT’s charismatic appeal. Just look at it…it begs to be driven!

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In any field of endeavor, progress can be defined by the introduction of a product which establishes a new benchmark. The Speedback GT will set new standards within the automotive industry. It is built with accumulated knowledge and 21st century technology resulting in a motorcar of extraordinary quality. Now…add to this, the mastery of custom crafted bodywork – the result is superlative, rarely achieved in today’s mass-produced…I want it yesterday world.

David Brown Automotive is redefining the ultra-luxury supercar. There is nothing more distinctive than a coachbuilt motorcar. Being highly bespoke transforms an automobile into the ultimate in exclusivity and supremacy…”your” car can be as unique as your own fingerprints. Speedback GT is the pinnacle of individuality; no two automobiles will ever be alike. Each creation will reflect the requisites of its owner – 

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Once upon a time, clients desired something more than an “out of the box” automobile. It was the job of the coachbuilder to produce a completely unique motorcar of distinction with character. These creations are some of the most unique and beautiful automobiles in the world.

The client would purchase a rolling chassis for the car of their choice and have it delivered to the coachbuilder for custom bodywork. HJ Mulliner, Park Ward, Pininfarina, and Bertone are just a few of the world’s most eminent artisans who created automotive masterpieces. David Brown Automotive is reviving the art, thus escaping mass-production mediocrity, carving its own niche in the world of limited edition motorcars.

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In today’s market, most automobile manufacturers focus on production numbers…and how to maximize profit with the intent of making more yet offering much less. David has the right idea. Speedback GT has a certain “je ne sais quoi” which captivates the astute automobile connoisseur.

Since every Speedback GT is custom crafted and built to order, clients may track the progress of their car via their own dedicated personal ‘eportal’. It’s updated with not only the progress of the build but also includes images of the work in process. Handcrafted automobiles are completely individualized with a more personal touch…

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The Speedback GT exudes timeless elegance. Its sensual curves and sultry good looks is not the result from a blinding flash of inspiration. Alan Mobberley, former chief designer for Jaguar/Land Rover has designed a sophisticated thoroughbred of exceptional beauty and grace, capturing the essence of the 1960s.

In fact, it’s the retrospective appeal which augments the contemporary design that makes the Speedback GT the grand tourer par excellence. Per Alan: “Our challenge was to create a contemporary GT with the heart and soul of a classic…” I say: mission accomplished…his interpretation of a retro supercar is notorious! One could say…the neoclassic Speedback GT is a culmination of Aston Martin glamour, Ferrari mystique, and Maserati allure, with its own avant-garde élan –

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Speedback GT’s beauty is based upon a rigid, structurally advanced pillarless monocoque. This type of one-piece construction is not only strong but is also lightweight. Its handcrafted bodyshell is brought to life from a clay mock-up. The models are scanned generating accurate renditions.

The computer fine tunes the aerodynamics and engineers the structure. The body panels are designed from photo etched patterns for perfection. Every component of the Speedback GT has been fully engineered, machined, and tested to exacting standards.

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The outer surfaces of the bodyshell are shaped completely by hand. Computer-controlled milling machines form “bucks” which enable the craftsmen to build the bodywork. More than 2,500 hours alone are clocked per vehicle just for crafting the bodyshell.

These talented artisans using traditional hand-beating and hand-rolling techniques on an English wheel gives the body panels their shape. The body panels are made from aluminium sheets blended seamlessly together before being attached to the car’s aluminium inner substructure.

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Over 120 hours are clocked on each car’s paintwork. The flawless finish requires prep work smoothing the bodyshell before the primer coats are applied. Each layer of hand-applied primer, paint, and lacquer is continually measured for depth ensuring the application is even and consistent.

The finish is polished until a mirror-like reflection appears. The entire process is meticulously scrutinized by accomplished body & paint technicians for the Speedback GT’s perfection – The chrome “dazzles” with depth not as a mere superficial shine because a thin layer of copper is applied before the chrome plating.

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Speedback GT boasts a highly bespoke cabin offering the epitome of British handcrafting. Its opulent woodwork is patiently expedited by Nantwich Veneers Ltd. of South Cheshire in the UK. An impressive array of the finest veneers will make each vehicle uniquely one of a kind.

The client may choose from a number of exquisite veneer patterns including exotic Walnut Crotch, the elegance of Angel-Step American Walnut Burl, jazzy Tamo Ash, and a stunning Dyed Figured Sycamore. The warmth of handcrafted veneers adds character and prestige. It’s artfully integrated into the contours of the dash flowing gracefully around into the door panels. The steering wheel is crafted with the same wood pattern with metallic accents for an additional touch of class to this elegant grand tourer.

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Speedback GT’s exclusivity is further enhanced. Semi-aniline hides augments the opulence of the cabin. Naturally tanned drum dyed leather creates an aromatic ambiance. It’s hand-cut, hand-sewn, and hand-fitted by talented British leather crafters which will make it extra appealing…to age like your favorite leather jacket. Each Speedback GT is a masterpiece of contemporary automotive art.

David Brown automotive uses a process called direct metal laser sintering to fabricate the cabin brightwork trim. This is achieved by melting and layering nickel with an industrial laser. The Speedback GT has a classic simplicity making it an extremely tasteful grand tourer for the 21st century.

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A truly unique feature is the tailgate which opens out as a picnic seat. The lift back hinges upward and a valence drops down into a horizontal position as that of the Range Rover. This type of embellishment is reminiscent of the Harold Radford Countryman crafted to suit the rural lifestyles of the landed gentry. 

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Underneath the resplendent retro styling is a sophisticated network of technology. It’s the perfect combination of brains and brawn. The dynamics of the Speedback GT are based upon the alloy platform of the Jaguar XKR. Its prodigious power is derived from the Jaguar 5.0 litre 32-valve supercharged DOHC AJ-V8 engine which cranks 503 hp (ECE) @ 6,000 rpm with 625 Nm of peak torque @ 2,500 rpm. Longitudinal acceleration is rated as 0-60 mph in just 4.6 seconds with a top speed in the 155 mph range.

The engine is mated to a 6-speed ZF sequential shift automatic transmission. Speedback GT is not the biggest nor the fastest grand tourer and is not designed as such. It will focus on high quality and exquisite hand finishing. Speedback GT is an elegant grand tourer…understated and fundamentally conservative. David Brown believes in quality as it once was. It’s a genuine and enduring satisfaction, valuable…beautiful now and for years to come. Speedback GT is the birth of a legend…and a benchmark of excellence.

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Every now and again a car comes along that not only tickles your fancy but also excites your soul. Speedback GT is that car. It looks as though it drove right off the set of a James Bond flick. It is the brainchild of David Brown. He knows exactly what the true connoisseur wants: a classic handcrafted sporting grand tourer designed for today’s world.

While other automobile manufacturers are building clones with shoe-boxy wedge look designs…David Brown Automotive has restored esoteric automobile style and grace, with the emphasis on bespoke precision build quality. The all-new Speedback GT is a renaissance where technology reunites tradition for the 21st century. It is not only the quintessential supercar…it is one class act –

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For more information on the Speedback GT go to: http://www.davidbrownautomotive.com

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Special thanks to Hannah Burgess at Torque Agency Group LTD.

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…welcome to Greg’s World

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…”Sweet dreams ’til sunbeams find you, sweet dreams that leave all worries behind you – but in your dreams whatever they be – dream a little dream of me…”

Custom Continental MK II: Mark of Excellence

Posted in Classic American Marques, Grande Marque, Lincoln, Notoriously Outrageous, The Bold and the Beautiful Lincolns, The Continental Life with tags , , , , , , , on July 4, 2016 by 99MilesPerHour

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Growing up there were cars I dubbed as favorites…when they would appear, they made me smile. Those were such happy times, so long ago…how I wondered where they’d gone. But they’re back again…just like a long-lost friend – all the cars I loved so well. It’s yesterday once more with John Torrie’s custom 1957 Continental MK II. The formidable Continental MK II is my all-time favorite classic car.

The Continental MK II is a timeless beauty that was built for only two models years exclusively by the Continental Division of the Ford Motor Company. No, the MK II is NOT a Lincoln – it’s a “Continental” – I thought I would throw this in to dispel ambiguity. Here’s a dream with a little bit of fantasy. This custom 1957 Continental MK II is a contemporary rendition of a time-honored classic. Now this is what I call NotoriousLuxury…

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The “Mark of Excellence” is handcrafted by John Torrie Jr. and John Torrie Sr. They built the classic custom in a single car garage…no, this isn’t a typo. This one-of-a-kind beauty was featured in “Rod & Custom” Magazine as the spotlight vehicle. It began its life as a stock 1957 Continental MK II. The car retains its basic silhouette and flowing lines…capturing a rare serendipitous eloquence.

After being sliced, diced, chopped, and lowered, the MK II takes on a totally unique appearance. The custom Continental MK II is absolutely stunning from any angle. The amazing aspect of this beautiful car is the fact that it is as modern as it is classic. Look deep into its timeless styling and you can see the original design. From the aggressive front end cosmetic ensemble to the dramatic signature Continental rear deck lid, the Torries synthesized the best of both worlds seamlessly…in a rudely-elegant manner –

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The custom Continental MK II is finished in flawless “Corvette Atomic Orange” base coats. It’s the clear coats that adds depth to all of the contours and sweeping lines which forces the eyes to roam the entire car in a single appraisal.  The startling contrast between the shocking orange finish and the classic wide whitewall tires is highlighted by the outrageous 100-spoke chrome aluminum wheels. The custom Continental MK II is a successful confluence of old world charm and contemporary panache –

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The car’s avant-garde transformation is augmented by a lower profile. The roof is chopped 2” which makes the body appear even larger than it is. A modest height correction to the stock platform gives it dynamic road-hugging appeal. The car is lowered using Fatman Fabrications 2 ½” dropped spindles with Firestone dampers to replace the coil springs to the front suspension.

This swap allows disc brakes to replace the drum type. The rear suspension is altered using de-arched leaves.  The rear drum brakes are retained.  Monroe gas shock absorbers assist ride height at all four wheels allowing it to be adjusted for driving or lowered to “strike a pose” when she just sits and wants to look pretty!

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There is no unnecessary bling to discount its luxurious beauty. The restrained use of ornamentation is tasteful and sophisticated. Most of the stock MK II accents are shaved away…including the door handles. The front end styling boasts Frenched-in headlamps, custom grille, and lower bumper roll pan finished to match the body color. The upper portion of the bumper retains a stock appearance sans bumper guards. The blacked-out grille work is highlighted by a single chrome horizontal bar.

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The startling transformation to the rear of the custom Continental MK II is built upon the “ghost” of the stock version. The Torries kept the basic overall design in mind filling in the taillamps and transferring them to the former exhaust ports in the rear bumper…sweet huh? The iconic ersatz Continental spare tire design remains intact less ornamentation.

The rear bumper was redesigned with a body color roll pan to offset the chromed upper portion tastefully. The custom Continental MK II has all of the elegance of the original presented in sheer understatement that oozes class. Too bad the minimalist approach wasn’t used back in the 1950s when garish styling and strange protuberances ruled. The 1956-1957 Continental MK II is one of the few exceptions to the rule with its classic Euro-inspired simplicity.

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The custom Continental MK II’s old world charm influences its resto-mod interior. Sumptuous white leather covers the sofa-like seating. The classic simplicity of the sew style ends the center seams with single button tufting. It’s just as tastefully crafted as the original version. A unique center console design continues up into the rear seats, in a contrasting orange to compliment the exterior. The understated elegance is what captures the attention…everything flows in sync with the rest of the cabin – the car is very luxurious…

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The Torries captured tasteful contemporary elegance

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Under its massive 70” long hood lurks a re-built stock version of Lincoln’s V8 engine. It’s a potent 6.0 litre 368 CID 16-valve naturally aspirated OHV V8 equipped with a 4-bbl carburetor. The Torries sound-tuned the engine to a sexy baritone by using a custom exhaust system with Cherry Bombs. The mighty 6.0 litre “Y-block” V8 for the original 1956 version produces 285 hp @ 4,600 rpm with 545 Nm of peak torque @ 3,000 rpm.  Longitudinal acceleration is rated as 0-60 mph in 11 seconds with a top speed in the 120 mph range. It can do the ¼ mile @ 80 mph in 18 seconds.

The 1957 version is a tad bit more powerful with the same 6.0 litre V8 which now produces 300 hp @ 4,800 rpm with 563 Nm of peak torque @ 3,000 rpm. Longitudinal acceleration for this version is rated as 0-60 mph in 10.3 seconds with a top speed in the 119 mph range, completing the ¼ mile @ 80 mph in 17.5 seconds. Both engines are mated to Lincoln’s 3-speed automatic Turbo-Drive Cruise-O-Matic transmission.

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The opulent Continental MK II was a trend-setter with its classic elegance…the $10,000 price tag gave it pre-eminence few automobiles could achieve. The 1956-1957 original was designed to be one of the finest handcrafted automobiles in the world. Quality, fit, and finish were paramount. The exclusive Continental Division crafted the car with a rigid 7-point quality control regimen.

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The Continental was to Ford as Lexus is to Toyota. The stunning land yacht was one of the heaviest automobiles built for the day at 4,825 pounds. It was so comprehensively equipped, the only option available at the time was air conditioning which added another 365 pounds. The Continental MK II has the luxury length of 218.5”, rides upon a long 126” wheelbase and is a massive 77.5” wide.

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The classic 1956-1957 Continental MK II was built completely by hand exclusively by the now defunct Continental Division of the Ford Motor Company. Again…it’s not a Lincoln, it’s a Continental. This supreme achievement in motoring was built for only two years. The Continental Division existed only two years as well.

The elite Continental MK II was the image car for the Ford Motor Company. They actually lost money on each car produced because of the MK II’s extensive handcrafting. The classic simplicity and understated elegance was far ahead of its time when the other luxury cars from this genre were sporting gaudy designs with tons of chrome and towering tailfins.

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Custom cars are the ultimate expression of individuality. Anything from mild to wild takes the onlooker on a visual journey escaping the mass-production status quo. This type of automotive abstract art was popular for vintage vehicles from the 1930s, 1940s, 1950s, and 1960s…when cars were real! The designers had something to work with. The most eminent custom car designers include Gene Winfield, Ed “Big Daddy” Roth, George Barris, Thom Taylor, and Boyd Coddington.

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I don’t have any information regarding this radical contemporary custom. This is a 1979 Lincoln Continental MK V. Look closely at the front end ensemble, the custom grille and modified bumper. “Bumperettes” were popular in custom cars from the 1940s & 1950s. Every customizer has a style, it all starts as an idea…look at the results. If anyone knows anything about this stunning custom Continental MK V PLEASE let me know. I am dedicated to bring you anything that is notoriously outrageous. This is the NotoriousLuxury mission…

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This custom 1979 Continental MK V is rudely elegant

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…slammed right into the ground with authority

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…Notoriously outrageous

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…a slammed, down-right nasty Series Sixty-Two ragtop

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Here’s the 4th of July in a custom F-100 pickup

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This custom “Big-M” leaves ya weak in the knees…

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Here’s a mild custom 1955 Crown Victoria

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1979 Coupe deVille custom “LeCabriolet” ragtop

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An ultra-rare Continental MK II convertible

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Contemporary automobiles are designed to cleave the air efficiently. Altering today’s cars could create potentially dangerous situations. These wedge-shaped designs are specifically created to battle turbulence and cross winds. The front end styling includes features to enhance stability and reduce uplift. The rear of the car utilizes diffuser assemblies designed to create downforce. Removal of these essential design features could render today’s cars airborne at certain high speeds with the right combination of wind shear and loss of downforce.

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Special thanks to Daniel Schmitt at: http://www.schmitt.com

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I grew up admiring custom cars especially when Detroit, Michigan was “The Motor City!” The one of a kind automotive masterpieces are abstract art in motion. The custom 1957 Continental MK II handcrafted by the Torries, John Jr. and John Sr. is a “Mark of Excellence.” Frenched-in headlamps, chopped roofline, custom roll pans and valances replacing chrome bumper assemblies gives the car its own unique persona. The overall silhouette is lower augmenting the rogue character of the rudely-elegant design.

The 1956 and 1957 Continental MK II were handcrafted to be among the world’s finest luxury automobiles. These eminent Flagships are built by the Continental Division of the Ford Motor Company which was only in existence for the 1956 and 1957 model years. The Continental MK II is a classic example of American automotive history. It’s yesterday once more, thanks to the Torries! From its aggressive front end ensemble to the ersatz spare tire design…the custom Continental MK II is an exemplary contemporary rendition of a time-honored classic. NotoriousLuxury salutes the Torries, John Jr, and John Sr. for their “Mark of Excellence.”

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The Crewe Collection: Rolls Royce Corniche V

Posted in Rolls Royce: The Crewe Collection with tags , , , , , , , , , on May 24, 2016 by 99MilesPerHour

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The Rolls Royce Corniche “breaks the fourth wall” mesmerizing the audience with an eloquence few luxury cars share…           Greg Morgan, NotoriousLuxury – 

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True…money cannot buy happiness…but it can buy an ultra-luxurious convertible like this to cruise right up and park beside it! The finale to the Rolls Royce legend at Crewe is epitomized by the magnificent Corniche coachbuilt drophead coupé. No other open grand touring motorcar in the world shares the panache…and all the savoir-faire as the Rolls Royce Corniche. There is no more impressive manner in which to arrive. It augments the poised dignity which is the hallmark of every Rolls Royce motorcar.  Its power and prestige are exceeded only by its beauty.

The Corniche is the single most immediately identifiable Rolls Royce in the history of the brand. It is also the last Rolls Royce to motor out of the historic Crewe facility in the UK…it’s a true masterpiece from the master craftsmen. The Rolls Royce Corniche established new standards of refinement…elegance…and sophistication, raising the bar of success to a higher level where few motorcars can compete. As a status symbol, there can be no more impressive introduction to your lifestyle. The Corniche is one of the most successful and longest running production series in Rolls Royce history.

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The elite sophistication of the Corniche makes it the most avant-garde series of all Rolls Royce motorcars. Mulliner Park Ward Silver Shadow fixedhead and drophead two-door coupé models were renamed “Corniche” in 1971. It’s dramatic…it’s distinctive…it’s the definitive luxury coupé built in the European grand touring tradition. The Corniche is luxurious beyond description. This is one of the most significant models in Rolls Royce history. The company was on the brink of financial disaster. The Corniche came to the rescue.

It was so popular, each subsequent model year had a waiting list. As soon as they were out of theatre the buyer could sell it for far more than they paid for it. Production for the fixedhead coupé ran until 1984 while the drophead coupé continued until 1995. The Corniche drophead coupé was revamped in 2000 as Series V and was the last Rolls Royce to motor out of Crewe on August 30, 2002 precluding the illustrious heritage of this esteemed motorcar. The last Rolls Royce Corniche was retained by Crewe for historic purposes. The Rolls Royce Corniche is still the car of the rich and famous…its glamour never tarnished. It will always retain its exclusivity as the undisputed quintessential status symbol.  

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The Corniche is the celebrity among Rolls Royce motorcars. There is a mystique with a two-door Rolls Royce because they are completely hand-built at an extremely restricted pace. The expertise of Mulliner Park Ward was exemplified with the Corniche series I-IV. Mulliner Park Ward closed its doors at their Hythe Road location at Willesden, London UK in 1991. Production was relocated in-house to the Crewe facility.  It took anywhere from six to eight months to hand-build these ultra-exclusive motorcars. Mulliner remained at Crewe as the personal commissioning department for the new Bentley brand. They are no longer a bespoke coachbuilder. Mulliner is an exclusive trim level for Bentley motorcars.

The Rolls Royce Corniche is completely bespoke in every aspect reflecting its owner’s requirements. It became an instant collectible the moment it left the assembly hall. No matter what year…either fixedhead or drophead coupé…the exotic Rolls Royce Corniche will always be the absolute pinnacle of luxury and elegance. The Corniche is the essence of Rolls Royce. “The quality will remain long after the price has been forgotten” is the famous marketing slogan and is never more apparent than with the formidable Rolls Royce Corniche – 

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A two-door saloon or convertible coupé is a very special Rolls Royce creation. When the brand comes to mind it’s usually as a four-door saloon. The two-door Rolls Royce is coachbuilt in the classic tradition. It isn’t merely a sedan minus two-doors. The Corniche is designed as a two-door coupé; its architecture is unique and shaped entirely by hand. A two-door Rolls Royce is the ultimate in exclusivity and supremacy in a motorcar. Each Rolls Royce Corniche is a true masterwork…each is a one-of-a-kind treasure of automotive art.

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A Corniche is a unique fusion of coachbuilt elegance and an individual hallmark of Rolls Royce quality with the emphasis on superb distinction. The artisans at Crewe are renowned for extraordinary handcrafting. This is evident in the fit and finish. For example…every body seam is invisible, panels are lined up meticulously…every shut line is as perfect as possible.

No shortcuts are taken – in the production of a Rolls Royce motorcar, there is no room for compromise. Craftsmanship is the operative word that best sums up the ultimate embellishment of British coachcrafting. This is why every Rolls Royce is a virtual masterpiece which grows in loveliness and value – 

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The Corniche V has a secret…it is the only Rolls Royce built on a Bentley platform. It was usually the other way around…“Big Ben” was always built on a Rolls Royce foundation. Corniche Series I-IV are based upon the highly successful Rolls Royce Silver Shadow. The Corniche V inherits its look from the glamorous Rolls Royce Silver Seraph, but shares very little with it mechanically.

The Bentley Azure provides the basic structure. The body design was ideal to accept the extra torque from the turbocharged V8 engine. The Corniche V, as with all open tourers, is built with a lower center of gravity which is very important to a topless automobile. Integral rigidity is paramount for safety. 

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“Big Ben” is also utterly luxurious

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The front engine rear-wheel drive Corniche V delivers spirited performance. This elegant machine is powered by the legendary Rolls Royce 6.75 litre 16-valve 412 CID turbocharged alloy pushrod V8. The engine is mated to a GM 4-speed automatic transmission with electric gear selection. Its silky-smooth operation has completely imperceptible gear changes. It is equipped with a digital engine management system with electronic port fuel injection. Tap the accelerator pedal to discover, this is more than just a pretty car.

The engine cranks out 325 hp @ 4,000 rpm packing a prolific punch with an astounding 738 Nm of peak torque @ 2,300 rpm. Longitudinal acceleration is rated as 0-60 mph in just 8 seconds, 0-100 mph in 22 seconds with a top speed in the 133-135 mph range. These figures are exceptional considering how heavy the Corniche V is…after all, it is built for luxury not drag racing. How could you show off your classy Corniche convertible at speeds exceeding 200 mph anyway? I’ll put it this way…it would take a dangerously high dose of Xanax not to enjoy the exhilarating open air performance of the Corniche V. It is the ultimate European open grand tourer.

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The Corniche V is exquisitely handcrafted in the grand Roll Royce tradition. The sumptuously upholstered cabin is the stuff dreams are made of. A Rolls Royce interior could be compared to a mobile version of a guest suite at the Ritz-Carlton…the Corniche V is no exception. The leather is hand-cut, hand-stitched, and hand-fitted by Connolly Brothers. The Corniche V is one of the last automobiles to benefit the TLC by this eminent leather crafter.  Connolly Brothers were in business from 1878 until the company ceased operations in 2002.

The lounge-style seats are fluted and contoured to cradle the body comfortably. Luxurious handcrafted burr walnut veneers and plush Wilton 100% wool carpets adds an air of exclusivity. Classic luxury touches include organ-stop ventilation controls, chrome plated accents, and analog instrumentation. Everything in the Corniche V is power assisted…all one has to do is steer and operate the pedals.

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The power, fully automatic folding fabric roof stows inward in its own locker to create a trim appearance. The roof in the raised position resembles a hardtop coupé inside. A wool headliner conceals all hardware and insulation. The top opens and closes swiftly at the touch of a button with no intervention required.

The fifth generation Corniche had a hefty base price starting at $359,000 USD. Only 374 were built during its tenure from 2000 until 2002. This luxurious land yacht has a base weight of 6,836 pounds. It has the luxury length of 212.8″, is 80.7″ wide and rides upon a long 120.5″ wheelbase.

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If you have ever driven a Rolls Royce, or just as a passenger…you immediately notice that this is no ordinary automobile. It’s unlike any motorcar you have ever experienced. The Spirit of Ecstasy out in front of you completes the sensation of soaring…gliding effortlessly. Boulevard travel intrusion is negligible. The Corniche V negotiates the pavement with a uniquely regal authority. The road management system includes a four-wheel independent suspension with adaptive ride control.

The “thinking” suspension automatically calibrates itself intuitively. Its electronic self-leveling system is augmented by electronic stability and damping controls. Four-wheel power assisted anti-lock disc brakes are ventilated for rapid heat dissipation to provide safe, fade-free operation. The dual hydraulic master cylinder is designed for independent front and rear braking systems. Should one system fail, each wheel will still be halted individually. This sophisticated network comes together to refine the exclusive Rolls Royce magic carpet ride.

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The Rolls Royce Corniche is the most prized motorcar of the 20th and 21st century. It’s an enviable combination of sporting characteristics, notorious luxury, and extraordinary comfort. It remains in the spotlight as the ultimate grand touring automobile. The Corniche is the celebrity among Rolls Royce motorcars. It augments the lifestyles of the rich and the famous. The Corniche began its tenure in 1971 as a coachbuilt motorcar by Mulliner Park Ward available as a two-door fixedhead coupé and a two-door drophead coupé. Its evolution spanned five distinctive series.

The Corniche V is the last Rolls Royce to motor out of the legendary Crewe facility on August 30, 2002. Corniche Series I-IV are based upon the Rolls Royce Silver Shadow. The Corniche Series V inherits its look from the Rolls Royce Silver Seraph. Corniche Series V is the only Rolls Royce model built upon a Bentley platform powered by a turbocharged V8 engine. All two-door Rolls Royce coupé models are handcrafted and built at a highly restricted pace. The elite Corniche models take their place in automotive history as one of the longest and most successful production runs in the history of the brand. The Crewe built Rolls Royce remains the pride of the UK…and the sheer envy of the entire world –

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Special Thanks to Daniel Schmitt Classic Cars: http://www.schmitt.com, Rodd Sala at Park Ward Motors Museum: http://www.parkwardmotorsmuseum.com, and Balmoral UK: http://www.balmoraluk.com, These are three of the most eminent caretakers of the brand in the industry. For all of your special interest automobile needs whether it be sales or service, or even restoration, I highly recommend them. Tell ’em Greg sent you!

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The pride of the UK…and the envy of the entire world

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The Crewe Collection: The Silver Seraph

Posted in Rolls Royce: The Crewe Collection with tags , , , , , , , on April 24, 2016 by 99MilesPerHour

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“Love all, trust a few…do wrong to none”    William Shakespeare –

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The last Rolls Royce models built at the historic Crewe facility in the UK precludes an illustrious heritage in ultra-luxury motoring. It is the finale to the dedication and the labor of love from the artisans who created automotive masterpieces. These men and women did what machines cannot replicate…by the experienced hand and the skillful eye. The talent and expertise they utilized was inherited through generations. This was knowledge that on the job training programs cannot provide. 

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The dedicated tinsmiths, cabinet makers, sheet metal workers, seamstresses, and engineers worked in harmony to handcraft motorcars of the highest quality. These artisans would not compromise their craft…nor would they mitigate their talent. The Crewe built Rolls Royce is a legacy to be cherished.

The highly bespoke superlatives created at Crewe will always be remembered for exemplary craftsmanship. The last of the impeccably crafted Rolls Royce models are the Silver Seraph and the Corniche V. Part I of this tribute is dedicated to the Silver Seraph saloon. Part II will follow in a separate tribute as a farewell to the formidable Corniche series.

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The Silver Seraph’s presence is quietly authoritative. It is the contemporary rendition of a time-honored classic. The exclusive world of Rolls Royce became even more so…the Silver Seraph, as with all Rolls Royce motorcars presents an elegant understatement. Nothing is designed to render it redundant. In this harried mass-produced world, designs change so fast, many of the competitor’s offerings are outmoded before they reach the end of the assembly line while in theatre.

A Rolls Royce is a thing of beauty which becomes lovelier and more valuable as it ages…like fine art. The Silver Seraph combines technology, new levels of comfort, and dynamic ability with all that has been tried, tested, and true. It’s an exciting and innovative expression of traditional enduring Rolls Royce principles.

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The elegant Silver Seraph saloon was handcrafted at Crewe from 1998 until 2002 and only 1,570 were built. They are one of the most expensive regular production four-door saloons to motor out of Crewe at a hefty $220,695. It continued the Rolls Royce dynasty with an eminent tradition of excellence. The Silver Seraph redefined Rolls Royce virtues building upon its illustrious heritage evolving into a totally new, completely individualized motorcar of distinction.

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The Silver Seraph’s clean contemporary architecture remains timeless…yet classic. The aerodynamic construction features an all steel monocoque design with high torsional rigidity. Its all-new design is 65% stiffer than previous models in order to compensate for the increased torque-thrust from the mighty V12 powerplant. The construction incorporates 6,500 spot welds. It has impact-absorbing body sections front and rear. Color keyed front and rear bumpers resist minor impact. It is the second Rolls Royce to incorporate aerodynamics in its design.

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The Silver Spirit and Silver Spur introduced entirely new body lines designed to cleave the air efficiently as no previous model ever had before. The Silver Seraph built upon these principles to become even more aerodynamically efficient. Its sculpted fluidity of form sweeps from nose to tail in one continuous appraisal.

The lower waistrail of the architecture ends at both extremes with just a hint of the Rolls Royce Silver Cloud. The contoured front wings are reminiscent of the Silver Shadow. There are no dangerous protuberances anywhere around the bodyshell as introduced by the Silver Spirit. A Rolls Royce motorcar is the result of evolution…not just the whim of a stylist’s pencil –

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The elegant Silver Seraph is the first contemporary Rolls Royce to be powered by a V12 engine since the 1939 Rolls Royce Phantom. BMW hand-built the engine making the Silver Seraph a thoroughbred; it’s highly unique among its predecessors. The potent 5.4 litre 24-valve SOHC V12 engine has a crankshaft running in seven main bearings with 12 counterweights to increase operational smoothness.

This light alloy engine delivers 322 hp @ 5,000 rpm with 490 Nm of peak torque @ 3,900 rpm. Longitudinal acceleration is rated as 0-60 mph in just 6.9 seconds with a top speed in the 140 mph range. The engine is mated to a 5-speed ZF automatic transmission which includes electric gear actuation and adaptive shift management. 

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The Silver Seraph has a sophisticated electronic network masterminded by the Bosch Motronic 5.2.1 engine management system which maintains all functions optimizing overall operational efficiency. The system is equipped with electronic fuel injection and electronic throttle control to ensure effortless transfer of power under all driving conditions. Microprocessors constantly monitor data regarding engine, transmission, steering, brakes, and suspension.

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Electronic intelligence enables this highly intuitive saloon to identify different driving styles adapting itself accordingly. For examplen; an accelerometer determines if the vehicle is ascending or descending an incline. It sends data to the transmission to hold a lower gear for acceleration or engine braking as required. Engine torque is decreased at the precise point of gear shifting providing imperceptible progression from one gear to the next.

In-city operation at slower speeds, allow softer earlier upshifts to provide greater fuel economy aiding overall operational refinement. Electronics govern the braking system, steering, automatic stability control, adaptive ride control, and the electronic leveling system. Rolls Royce had finally caught up with the rest of the automotive industry in technology. This made the best car in the world even better…

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The Rolls Royce Silver Seraph is a large front engine rear-wheel drive saloon. It has the luxury length of 212.2” and is 76” wide riding upon a long 122.7” wheelbase. It has a double wishbone independent front and rear suspension. Its computer controlled adaptive hydraulic damping system recalibrates itself within 1/100th of a second. Electronic level control adjusts to compensate for uneven pavement regardless of load to keep the Silver Seraph at optimum ride height maintaining its poise; it even adjusts the headlamps to be perfectly aimed at all times.

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Its excellent ride quality is due in no small part to a perfect 50/50 weight distribution. Automatic Stability Control (ASC) reduces engine torque via sensors located at each wheel to keep this luxury saloon on an even keel regardless of road conditions. This system may be disabled by the driver when performance without intervention is desired.

The rear wheels are set-up to brake simultaneously aiding stability when traction becomes an issue. The power boost braking system is equipped with a 4-channel anti-lock feature and hydraulic servo. Its 4-wheel disc brakes are ventilated to dissipate heat rapidly for safe, fade-free operation at all times.

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“A Rolls Royce…is a Rolls Royce.” Luxury is not an afterthought. The Silver Seraph is crafted with a cabin fashioned with the traditional elegance associated with the brand. There’s no bling…no useless bells and whistles…nor anything that would render it redundant in a short time like many so-called luxury cars.

The designer’s mission is to create an ambiance of relaxed control. The Silver Seraph features the formidable Rolls Royce “heads-up” seating. These are the most exclusive seats in the industry. The front seats are placed higher to give an excellent view of the world ahead. The rear seats are also positioned slightly higher than regular luxury cars to provide a greater view.

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The cabin is luxuriously embellished continuing the grand Rolls Royce tradition…the meticulous hand-finishing makes the difference. No other ultra-luxury automobile can match the elegance of a Rolls Royce motorcar.

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The deeply padded and contoured lounge seats are handcrafted using the finest leather available by Connolly Brothers. These elegant lounge seats are scalloped, curved, and fluted with different degrees of resilience. This provides anatomically correct levels of comfort for the shoulders, back, base of spine and thighs.

The front seats have four-way electrically adjustable operation with four memory positions. The electric rake adjustable steering wheel is equipped with an automatic entry/exit feature. All four seats feature dual stage heating and lumbar support. The aroma of the glove-soft leather, the hand-polished veneers, polished metal, and plush carpets gives an air of exclusivity.

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The experienced artisans at Crewe crafted the wood work for the Silver Seraph slowly and patiently, taking days to create. The beautiful unbleached veneers are cut by hand and matched by sight; therefore, the whorls and patterns are unique to each vehicle. The unbleached method enhances the wood’s natural color and grain. Multiple coats of lacquer are applied by hand…air dried, hand-flatted, then polished by hand to an amber glass-like luster. This is the reason why the wood accents in a Rolls Royce gleams with the look of fine home furnishings.

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The Silver Seraph is endowed with myriad amenities for comfort and convenience in the formidable Rolls Royce tradition. Front and rear seats are electrically adjustable. All four doors lock automatically when the engine is running and the transmission is shifted to drive. Headlamps are activated when the windscreen wipers are in the “on” mode. The Rolls Royce navigation system uses global positioning satellites with voice commands and a 6.5″ display screen  located in the top of the instrument panel. It stows away neatly when not in use.

The boot lid has a power feature which includes a button to automatically open it and a special automatic “pull-down” mode to close it. Its cruise control feature is steering wheel mounted for convenience. The six CD auto-changer not only has sound which rivals a concert hall but also includes a remote control for rear seat passengers. The glass is loaded with a ferrous compound to prevent direct sunlight from heating the cabin.

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The fabulous Silver Seraph is designed to take care of itself. Security is paramount with any Rolls Royce. A programmable alarm system will immobilize the engine management system and the starter motor. The transmission locks automatically when it is shifted to “park” and the key is removed from the ignition.

Perimetric sensors monitors the security of the doors, bonnet, and the boot lid; it also includes a “glass-break” feature. The highly sophisticated security system includes central locking and a “dead-lock” feature. A Rolls Royce is the automobile thief’s worse nightmare…

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With every Rolls Royce…form must derive from its fitness of purpose. Every detail must also have its function. As only fitting for a Rolls Royce motorcar, all systems obey, anticipate, and assist…but never dictate. The electronic intelligence enables the entire car to react as a single entity. Per Crewe: “To cover ground swiftly, but never feel hurried. To be distanced from the outside world…yet not isolated from it. To appreciate the fine details of craftsmanship and design…without being distracted by them. These are the qualities that you are entitled to expect of a Rolls Royce motorcar…”

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Personal commissioning and Rolls Royce are one in the same. This is the reason why no two Rolls Royce motorcars will ever be alike. The highly bespoke nature of the Silver Seraph was extended to a near infinite degree by Park Ward coachbuilders at Rolls Royce. They helped to create a completely individual motorcar for the client.

The basics started with 22 water-based colors and 23 hide colors. The proverbial sky was the limit. Park Ward also offered unique paint and hide colors tailored to personal requirements. Each Silver Seraph motorcar is a very, very special creation…they are the last Rolls Royce saloons to be hand-built at the historic Crewe facility.

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The Silver Seraph is a captivating manifestation of Rolls Royce art. It’s an incomparable blend of exemplary craftsmanship, advanced technology, and elegant refinement. From a long line of distinguished predecessors, the Silver Seraph combined the latest technical thinking with legendary Rolls Royce principles resulting in a strikingly individual motorcar of distinction. The Silver Seraph inherits the traditional painstaking attention to the tiniest details continuing the relentless pursuit for perfection by the dedicated artisans at Crewe.  Its timeless beauty will challenge the years gracefully…as with all Rolls Royce motorcars.

The magnificence of this elite Flagship is augmented by its V12 engine which moves it with aplomb. The Silver Seraph is the last four-door saloon to motor out of Crewe ending an illustrious heritage of the traditional handcrafted Roll Royce motorcar. Only 1,570 were built…170 of which are dubbed “The last of the line” with exclusive red Rolls Royce badging to commemorate this historic end of a legend. The exclusivity and supremacy of the Rolls Royce motorcars built at Crewe can never…ever… be replicated. They take their place in automotive history among famous Rolls Royce superlatives –

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Special thanks go out to Rodd Sala at Park Ward Motors Museum: http://www.parkwardmotors.com and Daniel Schmitt Classic Cars: http://www.schmitt.com for the use of these beautiful photographs. For all of your classic car needs whether it be sales or service, I highly recommend these two. They are among the finest caretakers in the industry. Tell them Greg Morgan sent you!

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Here’s a photo tribute to the Crewe-built Rolls Royce

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Rolls Royce Silver Cloud III, the epitome of elegance

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Rolls Royce Silver Cloud III Mulliner Park Ward drophead coupé

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1973 Rolls-Royce Phantom VI drophead coupé by Pietro Frua 

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The opulent Rolls Royce Silver Wraith II saloon

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The rare Bentley Mulsanne “L” long wheelbase saloon

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The rare 1967 Rolls Royce Silver Shadow long wheelbase saloon

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The Crewe Collection: Park Ward Superlatives

Posted in Rolls Royce: The Crewe Collection with tags , , , , , , , , on April 23, 2016 by 99MilesPerHour

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“We know what we are, but know not what we may be”                    William Shakespeare –  

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1963 Rolls Royce Phantom V by Park Ward

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1938 Rolls Royce Phantom III Sedanca deVille by Park Ward

Park Ward is among the world’s most eminent coachbuilders. They were established in 1919 and were located in Willesden of North London. William MacDonald Park and Charles Ward built automobile bodies for a variety of manufacturers. Park Ward partnered with W.O. Bentley during the 1920s. They also did work custom-crafting bodies for Rolls Royce. Eventually, the company focused exclusively on Bentley and Rolls Royce motorcars.

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Park Ward introduced technological advancements to the industry. Their “Silentbloc” rubber bushings absorbed engine noise and vibration as well as road shock. This was especially attractive to luxury brands with their quest for refinement. Park Ward developed patented all-steel body technology that became superlative to the industry.

Rolls Royce purchased interest in Park Ward after taking over Bentley in 1931. By 1933, Rolls Royce obtained patents for a special Park Ward all-steel body for their standard saloons. By 1939 Rolls Royce had acquired the coachbuilding firm in its entirety. In addition to the standard steel saloons, Park Ward created special bespoke coachbuilt bodies.

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In 1961 Park Ward was merged with another Rolls Royce acquisition, HJ Mulliner & Company to become Mulliner Park Ward. This formidable partnership created some of the world’s most beautiful and luxurious bespoke coachcrafting in the entire industry. Most of these automotive masterpieces now reside in personal collections and museums throughout the world.

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Park Ward is synonymous with quality. Each is a masterwork of distinction. The coachbuilder’s reputation in on the line with every vehicle that is created. Not only right after it is out of theatre…but every subsequent year it exists.  And of course, fit & finish is paramount. This principle wasn’t forsaken with Park Ward.

Every custom-crafted vehicle was built as if it were their very own. These artisans would never mitigate their craft nor would they compromise their mission to meet production schedules or sales quotas. Most important…to be associated with Rolls Royce, you must be beyond reproach – you have to be the very best. This is Park Ward…

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1955 Bentley Continental fixedhead coupé by Park Ward

Park Ward had an extensive portfolio of custom-bodied designs for Bentley and Rolls Royce. Two-door fixedhead and drophead coupé models are always coachbuilt with the brand. Rolls Royce motorcars are built primarily as a four-door saloon.

Extra work is involved in such a transformation such as lowering the vehicle’s center of gravity and overall structural reinforcement. Then…there are the aesthetics. Only an experienced coachbuilder can work such a feat of magic successfully. Park Ward’s coachbuilding expertise was infinite. Whatever the client wanted in an ultra-luxury motorcar…Park Ward could provide.

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1955 Bentley Continental fixedhead UK version cabin

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1955 Bentley Continental drophead coupé by Park Ward

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1955 Rolls Royce Silver Wraith drophead coupé by Park Ward

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1963 Rolls Royce Phantom V by Park Ward

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The notorious Rolls Royce Phantom formal limousines were available in Phantom V and Phantom VI series as the last of the coachbuilt breed. Mulliner Park Ward, James Young, and Park Ward versions will always remain the epitome of luxury and elegance, coachbuilt in the grand Rolls Royce tradition. These formal limousines are not a mere stretch or a double-cut; they are designed and crafted as limousines of distinction.

Many of these limousines are still in service…any properly maintained Rolls Royce motorcar will outlast its owner. Her Royal Majesty Queen Elizabeth has a special fleet augmented by these revered motorcars. A Rolls Royce limousine enhances any special occasion…the respect and admiration afforded this supreme achievement in motoring is astounding. No other formal saloon in the world is held in such esteem as the Rolls Royce Phantom V and Phantom VI series.

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Distinctive forward opening rear coach doors are a hallmark of Park Ward for the Phantom series.

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The Rolls Royce Park Ward Limousine and the Rolls Royce Silver Spur Park Ward Limousines are elegant hand-built motorcars that not only offer a 24” extended wheelbase but also a raised roofline by 2” adding more headroom. There are also Park Ward Touring Limousines based upon the Silver Spur saloon. These are very rare and very expensive Rolls Royce formal saloons.

These highly bespoke motorcars were built to the exacting requirements of the client. The official Touring Limousines were built from 1991 through 1999. Two body-styles were available. One version was lengthened at the rear “C” pillars with fixed opera windows. Another style was lengthened at the “B” pillars between the front and rear doors. Both versions have altered rooflines for increased headroom.

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A Rolls Royce limited edition is a dream…with a little bit of fantasy. These dramatic motorcars all take their illustrious positions in automotive history. Each highly bespoke creation is built at a highly restricted pace to retain its exclusivity. One such eminent motorcar is the magnificent Rolls Royce Silver Seraph Park Ward Touring Saloon.

It has all the panache and exclusivity of a true masterpiece…and is built out of a tradition of excellence. The Silver Seraph Park Ward is the ultimate expression of contemporary coachbuilding and personal commissioning for its day. Rolls Royce engineers have always preferred Park Ward bodies on their prototype cars which is due in no small part to their superior build quality. 

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Sophistication augments the Park Ward in its relentless quest for sheer elegance, luxury, and distinction. The cabin seats four in the epitome of splendor. All four exclusively hand-tailored lounge seats are heated, cooled, and are electrically adjustable providing prodigious assuagement from mundane routines. An extended central console conveniently houses a control panel for rear seat passengers to operate special features and to interpose the seating. The additional legroom allows the installation of special audio, visual, and communication equipment including a hard drive for computer and peripherals to interface with the home or office for the executive who must work while traveling.

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The Park Ward is created following the protocol of the eminent Touring Saloons which proceeded it. These eloquent road-going extended wheelbase saloons provide refined handling characteristics with the notorious ride quality and comfort long associated with the brand. The Silver Seraph Park Ward synthesizes the better of two worlds: all the attributes of a world-class touring saloon with the legendary opulence of a Rolls Royce motorcar. This fabulous motorcar is among the last hand-built Rolls Royce models to motor out of Crewe. Rolls Royce saloons have always been augmented by an extended wheelbase model to compliment the standard saloon.

The long wheelbase versions emphasize rear seat comfort with extra legroom. Usually, these formidable saloons provide 4” of extra room where it counts…the Park Ward adds an ample 10” in overall cabin space. Both front and rear doors are increased in size to anonymously incorporate the extra inches to superbly balance and blend the addition into the architecture gracefully. The discreet refinement isn’t immediately apparent to the untrained eye. A Rolls Royce never screams its existence…it merely whispers its presence. There are only 127 Park Ward Touring Saloons built from 2001 until 2002 when Rolls Royce production ceased at Crewe.

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Whatever one desired in an ultra-luxury motorcar…Park Ward could provide. Exemplary fit and finish are hallmarks of this eminent coachbuilder. Each custom-crafted vehicle was hand-built as if it were their very own. These automotive masterworks were built out of a tradition of excellence at a highly restricted pace to retain exclusivity. No two Rolls Royce motorcars will ever be alike…coachbuilt versions are the ultimate expressions of the best car in the world.

Rolls Royce engineers have always preferred Park Ward bodies on their prototype vehicles because of their superior build quality. These dramatic one of a kind motorcars all take their illustrious positions in automotive history as part of the legendary heritage of the Crewe facility in the UK. Park Ward and Crewe left an indelible impression upon the automotive industry and will live on in the hearts of connoisseurs world-wide. These are two essential factors that made these special Rolls Royce motorcars…the pride of the UK, and the envy of the entire world –

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The Crewe Collection: Rolls Royce Silver Spirit & The Silver Spur

Posted in Rolls Royce: The Crewe Collection with tags , , , , , , , , on March 30, 2016 by 99MilesPerHour

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“Neither a borrower nor a lender be; For loan oft loses both itself and friend, and borrowing dulls the edge of husbandry…”             William Shakespeare – 

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Hand crafting and Rolls Royce are synonymous with the Crewe legend. Artisans did what machines could not replicate…slowly, patiently, by the gifted hand and the talented eye. These dedicated men and women inherited skills that were handed down through the generations. This is the reason why the eloquent Rolls Royces that motored out of Crewe were the finest handcrafted motorcars in the world. These artisans kept the vision of Sir Charles Stewart Rolls and Sir Frederick Henry Royce as impetus to their mission.

The Crewe built Rolls Royce is a strikingly individual motorcar…modern yet timeless. There is no more avant-garde manner in which to travel in an ultra-luxury motorcar than a Rolls Royce. Two such masterpieces are the Rolls Royce Silver Spirit and its long wheelbase variant Silver Spur. They are the first Rolls Royce motorcars to bear aerodynamic architecture. From their classic radiator grilles with the iconic Spirit of Ecstasy mascot to their sleek body lines designed for the new world…the Silver Spirit and Silver Spur introduced an exciting new genre of luxury motoring.

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The Silver Spirit with USA specification headlamps

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The handcrafted Silver Spirit and Silver Spur were built to the highest standards in the true tradition of excellence as their illustrious predecessors. Sir Frederick Henry Royce stated: “Strive for perfection in everything you do. Take the best that exists and make it better. When it does not exist, design it. Accept nothing nearly right or good enough.”

The artisans  at the legendary Crewe facility in the UK lived by this famous credo creating automotive works of art such as the world-famous Rolls Royce Silver Cloud…the notorious Rolls Royce Phantom limousines…and of course, the elegant Silver Shadow. The Rolls Royce Silver Spirit and Silver Spur built upon the principles set forth by these stunning, luxurious motorcars of esteem. After all, it wasn’t easy to improve upon the best motorcar in the world – 

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Long…low-slung, and distinguished…the Silver Spirit and the Silver Spur are every inch a Rolls Royce. They continued the reputation for fine hand crafting and reliability that has become known and accepted world-wide. They are the new breed Rolls Royce…the Rolls Royce for today’s world.

It may appear to be all-new but some things never change with a Rolls Royce built at Crewe. Every square inch of these illustrious new motorcars reflect the dedication and painstaking attention to detail – not to mention the pride each craftsman took in their craft. 

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1987 Rolls Royce Silver Spirit saloon

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The Rolls Royce Silver Spirit and Silver Spur were handcrafted at Crewe from 1981 until 1999. The design, as with all Rolls Royce motorcars took planning, research and testing. Eight years combined with lessons learned from previous models brought about the all-new model.

Rolls Royce motorcars are derived from evolution: measures that are tried, tested, and only those with proven results. The four-door five seat saloon is built of integral steel construction with aluminium alloy doors, bonnet, and boot lid. It is fitted with impact absorbing front and rear bumpers capped with polyurethane inserts to resist minor scuffing.

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The architecture is contemporary yet classic. The larger expanse of glass makes the vehicle appear larger. Its modular lamp clusters for head and tail lamps wrap around giving the car a modern look to challenge the years gracefully. It has a lower waist rail with a lithe athletic design. The sleek aerodynamic architecture battles crosswinds to manage stability more efficiently. The Silver Spirit is the first Rolls Royce motorcar to have an aerodynamic design.

It’s also the first Rolls Royce to use a retractable Spirit of Ecstasy mascot; it disappears into the radiator grille when it is tampered with. The Silver Spirit retains the legendary fit and finish continuing the exemplary craftsmanship and attention to detail that made the brand famous. Its fresh new design hints at its heritage; the front wings reflect those of the Silver Cloud, and the long low silhouette is reminiscent of the Silver Shadow. The Spirit of Ecstasy once again adorns an all-new Rolls Royce creation of excellence. The brand’s relentless pursuit of perfection is evident.

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The Silver Spirit and Silver Spur has sumptuous leather trim handcrafted by Connolly Brothers in the grand Rolls Royce tradition. Connolly Brothers is a distinguished British company founded in 1878.They did leather crafting for high-end automobile manufacturers such as Jaguar, Aston Martin, Maserati, and Ferrari. Connolly Brothers did all leather work for Rolls Royce and Bentley motorcars built at Crewe.

Only one out of 500 hides were good enough for Rolls Royce. Eight perfectly matched hides were hand-cut and hand-stitched to absolute perfection. The same high quality leather was used to trim the plush Wilton carpets. With proper care these fine leather upholstered interiors look as good today as they did when they motored out of Crewe. It’s a shame that all good things must come to an end – 2002 was the swan song for Connolly Leather…and the last hand-built Rolls Royce left the assembly line at Crewe on August 30, 2002.

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Note the luxurious expanded veneer trim in the Silver Spur

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Beautiful burr walnut veneers were built with the expertise that isn’t learned overnight by apprenticeship programs – but through experience gained from the knowledge handed down by craftsmen who were purveyors of the craft. It takes up to eight slivers of wood patiently crafted to make these exquisite veneer panels.  The artisans create a design for each Silver Spirit and Silver Spur; no two cars will ever share an identical pattern.

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Each piece is mirror-matched to reflect the opposite side as in fine European furniture. The veneers are hand-lacquered and hand-polished to an amber luster that shines like glass and is that strong; a careless guest could stub out a cigarette on it without damage. The quality, fit and finish demonstrates the dedication to quality. This is what sets the Crewe built Rolls Royce apart from other fine luxury motorcars.

That plush Wilton carpet under foot rivals that of fine homes. It too is crafted for excellence. The Wilton is a style of carpet. This fine 100% wool carpet is created on the Brussels Jacquard loom. These exclusive face-to-face looms weave two carpet textures at a time achieving a plush velvet end result. Only the finest virgin wool is selected for this intricate process. This is another design feature that sets Rolls Royce motorcars in another league…the Crewe built Rolls Royce is handcrafted like no other.

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The Silver Spur is the formal saloon. It is slightly larger than the Silver Spirit which is 207.8″ long, 74″ wide, and rides upon a long 120.5″ wheelbase. The Silver Spur is 211.8″ long, 74″ wide, and rides upon a longer 124″ wheelbase. The extra 4″ are incorporated into the rear passenger compartment providing more legroom.

It enables communication equipment to be installed to turn the Silver Spur into a rolling boardroom. Being the longer of the two saloons, the Silver Spur may be chauffeur driven for special occasions. It can be your personal limousine. Smooth, silent, and responsive, the Rolls Royce Silver Spur continued the grand tradition the brand made famous.

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1991 Rolls Royce Silver Spur II UK version

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The prodigious power expected of the Spirit of Ecstasy is exemplified with the Silver Spirit and Silver Spur saloons. Under the hood is the potent 6.75 litre 16-valve 412 CID naturally aspirated V8 engine. Its redesigned hardened steel crankshaft runs in five larger main bearings. The engine is constructed with a high silicon content aluminium alloy cylinder block, its aluminium alloy cylinder heads have cast iron wet liners for durability.

New engine mounts provide even quieter operation. It’s equipped with electronic ignition and the US versions have a Bosch K Jetronic continuous fuel injection system with a single Pierburg electric fuel pump. It has a stainless-steel exhaust system and catalytic converter. Fuel injection gives the cars more spirited performance with increased fuel economy. The engine cranks 245 hp @ 4,500 rpm with 540 Nm of peak torque @ 2,500 rpm.

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The engine is mated to the GM THM 400 3-speed automatic transmission with torque converter and an electric gear range selector. Beginning the 1992 model year the GM 4L80E 4-speed automatic transmission with overdrive replaced the 3-speed version. Overdrive makes the engine more economical; a clutch which locks out the torque converter allows the engine to run at a lower rpm rate.

Take these ultra-luxurious saloons out on the road. They are remarkably smooth, responsive…and silent. Their four-wheel independent suspension offers a superb ride impervious to road conditions. An ultra-sensitive ride height control is designed to keep the cars at the perfect level regardless of load or road imperfections. Power assisted rotary valve rack and pinion steering is light and positive. This highly sophisticated network is designed to guarantee predictable behavior under all driving conditions and is completely imperceptible to noise and vibration.

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Four-wheel power assisted disc brakes provide safe, fade-free operation. A dual hydraulic master cylinder is designed to operate as two independent front and rear braking systems. Should one system fail each wheel will still be halted individually. All four wheels have large 11″ diameter discs. The front discs are ventilated for rapid heat dissipation.

The ride was further enhanced beginning the 1990 model year for the Series II saloons. Adaptive damping was introduced. This computer controlled network automatically adjusts the shock absorbers as soft, normal, and firm within 1/100th of a second. The computer monitors speed, throttle position, braking, and acceleration adjusting each shock absorber as necessary.

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Rolls Royce Silver Dawn

The Silver Spirit and Silver Spur are also available as the Rolls Royce Flying Spur, Silver Dawn, Silver Spur Park Ward limousine, as well as the Bentley Eight and Bentley Mulsanne. These contemporary classics are modestly priced in today’s market offering attractive opportunities for the Rolls Royce enthusiast. Remember…a Rolls Royce never becomes a used car – it becomes a classic.

Take into consideration the appreciation potential. The Silver Cloud II was around $15,000 new in the 1960s…and they are priced in today’s market into five and six figures! And…lest we forget the Silver Clouds fashioned into the fabulous Mulliner Park Ward drophead coupés…and the magnificent Rolls Royce Phantom V and VI handcrafted limousines by James Young, HJ Mulliner and Park Ward.

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The Rolls Royce Silver Dawn is a special edition of the Silver Spur Series IV. It was built from 1994 until 1998. It was available first in the US markets in 1994, then the UK and the rest of the world. Only 237 Silver Dawns were built making it a potential collector’s piece.

The Silver Dawn is based upon the long wheelbase variant of the Silver Spirit. The Silver Seraph wasn’t selling in North American markets very well. Rolls Royce built a number of Silver Spur Series IV models especially for this market. This was the final revision for the Silver Spirit/Silver Spur production series with the last Silver Spirit built for the 1997 model year. The long wheelbase platform was retained through 1998.

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The Silver Dawn has the same rugged stressed-steel monocoque construction with aluminium alloy bonnet, doors, and boot lid as its Silver Spur sister model. It also shares the same underpinnings and running gear. The Silver Dawn rides upon a long 124.5” wheelbase. It is 211.8” in length and 74.3” in width. The Silver Dawn also shared the Silver Spur Series IV body colored integrated front and rear bumpers. It took the eagle-eye to detect the exterior difference between the two models. The only exterior variation was the rear trunk badge.

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Electronic Traction Assistance provides stability and optimum traction for the Silver Dawn. Heated rear seats are standard. The Silver Dawn’s cabin uses the same natural grained leather by Connolly Brothers and hand-polished veneers as in all Rolls Royce saloons. Hand tufted wool carpets with mouton rugs are standard as well for this highly bespoke luxury saloon. All of Silver Spur’s standard equipment is also included on the Silver Dawn.

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The Rolls Royce Silver Dawn is suited for both formal business use with a chauffeur or for the owner/driver who prefers to savor this masterful motorcar for himself. The Silver Dawn combined the latest technology and the luxurious appointments traditionally associated with the brand. Excellence is the norm…integrity is the guiding principle. This supreme achievement in motoring cossets its passengers within an elegance no other motorcar in its league could offer…

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The styling of the Silver Dawn is contemporary and aerodynamically efficient. It retains the traditional elegance and poised dignity associated with all Rolls Royce motorcars. The Rolls Royce Silver Dawn was positioned to not only continue the undaunted reputation established by its predecessors but to set even higher standards of motoring excellence to be the epitome of luxury.

Effortless V8 power, imperceptible gear changes, and the patented Rolls Royce ride are combined with exemplary fit & finish to create the Silver Dawn luxury saloon. With a mere 237 built, its exclusivity will result in positive appreciation in its value during the coming years. The Silver Dawn is every inch a Rolls Royce-

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A hydraulic self-leveling system keeps the Silver Dawn at optimum ride height regardless of load. Gas springs supplement the rear coil springs and are sensitive to load. It automatically adjusts the suspension to maintain the superb Rolls Royce ride quality…as with all Rolls Royce motorcars. Luxury and elegance are never an after thought with the Spirit of Ecstasy regardless of the model. This is what keeps the Rolls Royce motorcar pre-eminent in the world of ultra luxury automobiles.

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The Silver Spur was also available as the Springfield Edition for the 1996 model year. It was built exclusively for the US markets as a 75th Anniversary tribute to the Springfield, Massachusetts factory when the first Rolls Royce was hand-built there in 1921; the plant was in operation until 1931.

These exclusive saloons were available in five tu-tone color coordinated combinations. They represent the coachbuilt body styles that were available at the Springfield factory. These reflect the days gone by when a Rolls Royce motorcar was completely bespoke…the motorized chassis was the only entity delivered to the coachbuilders. A completely customized vehicle reflecting the requisites of its owner was the result. 

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Only 27 were built making them highly collectible…in fact, only 360 Silver Spur long wheelbase saloons were built for the entire production run in 1996. The Buckingham (black/grey), The Pickwick (black/green), The Canterbury (black/blue), The Mayfair (black/maroon), and the Stratford (cream/white) were the choices for this exclusive 75th Anniversary limited edition.

Signature features apart from the opulent tu-tone exterior finish includes a very special Chesterfield sew-style with hand button tufting for the upholstery, headlining, door armrests and individual leather throw pillows. Heated seats, power adjustable rear seats, and custom handcrafted Madrona wood with cherry cross-banded veneers have patterns unique to each motorcar. 

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Elegant button tufting unlike any other model…

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A 75th Anniversary Madrona wood veneer plaque with inscription is affixed to the front center console. Special Mulliner Park Ward door sill tread plates with “Springfield Edition” alert passengers to the fact this isn’t an “ordinary” Rolls Royce by all means. The client received an artist’s rendering of the car signed by one of its designers with an inscription which includes the owner’s name, town, city, or state and the car’s delivery date. It came unframed, however; it could have been framed with the same Madrona wood veneer with cherry cross-banding as the interior trim. A Rolls Royce limited edition makes the special world of Rolls Royce…even more so – 

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A distinctive closed-in limousine style rear window treatment affords more privacy to rear seat passengers and lends a sophisticated elegance to its refined luxury.

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Rolls Royce is the only true ultra-luxury super saloon that never went through an existential identity crisis. The Spirit of Ecstasy has always been the quintessential status symbol…the absolute pinnacle of opulence…the best motorcar in the world became a legend it its own time. The Silver Spirit and Silver Spur were the latest chapter in success continuing the eloquent Rolls Royce tradition. 

The standard saloon is the Silver Spirit, the Silver Spur is the limited edition long wheelbase saloon suitable to be chauffeured for special occasions. They are both powered by the Rolls Royce 6.75 litre V8 engine giving each the type of spirited performance that isn’t usually associated with luxury saloons in its class. Their precise fit and finish is due in no small part to the painstaking measures of their exemplary handcrafting at the historic Crewe facility in the UK.

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The Silver Spirit and the Silver Spur are contemporary classics within realistic limits. Remember the Silver Cloud started out in the $15,000 to $20,000+ neighborhood for their day…and now they command six figures on the auction block. The Rolls Royce Silver Spirit and Silver Spur await their turn as coveted classics…don’t miss out on the opportunity to own tomorrow’s classics today.

The Rolls Royce Silver Spirit replaced the highly successful Silver Shadow series. It is designed for the contemporary world in a trim, new style. The Silver Spirit heralds a new era in the history of Rolls Royce. It’s a modern motorcar with enhanced comfort and convenience and is immediately recognized as a classic design in the Rolls Royce tradition.

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The Rolls Royce Silver Spirit UK version

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The Silver Spirit MK I was built from 1980 to 1989. MK II was built from 1989 until 1993, MK III built from 1994 until 1995, and the MK IV built from 1996 until 1997. The 1997 model year was the finale for the Silver Spirit. The more popular Silver Spur was built until 1999. The clean new look is meant to attract younger buyers. The legend becomes a lifestyle…

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The legendary Crewe facility in the UK handcrafted the finest motorcars in the world…it will live on in the hearts of connoisseurs forever. They built the pride of the UK that became the envy of the entire world…

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