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Where's the information on my 1980 Rolls-Royce?

I recently purchased a very nice 1980 Rolls Royce Silver Spirit, RHD, here in the US. I know the 1980 was the first model year for the Silver Spirit and I've been able to find all kinds of information on the Model 1 going forward from 1981 through 1989. What I can't find is any information on the 1980. Several folks on the forum were able to give me a range on the value of the car from reasonably good to basically not worth anything. I've checked NADA and they don't even list the Spirit. I'm interested in how many were made for the first year of this new model, what kind of reviews the initial car received and anything else that might be important.

I'd really appreciate any information you can provide.

Thanks,
britishiron
Patrick McHugh

Asked on 21 October 2013 by britishiron

Answered by Honest John
I certainly don't have this data to hand, but I can't imagine it being too hard to find if you trawl the books. The best people to help are the friendly folk at the Rolls-Royce Owners Club (www.rroc.org/), who will be able to help you. There's a contact form on the website, but like many owners' clubs, they might be slow to answer.

In addition it's worth noting that the Silver Spirit had its first public showing at the British Motor Show in October 1980, and it went on sale immediately afterwards. So you're looking at a rare car, with production (of cars to the public) lasting a mere two months or so. Being a very early model probably does place a premium on it - reckon on around 10 per cent.

Keith Adams
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