Sinking into the creamy leather back seat of a Rolls Royce, Rob Evans searches for a pair of picnic tables.
The principal of online auctioneers Allbids Fyshwick, Rob finds a clue in the Silver Spur model’s two seats in front of him. He gently unfolds two small tables – the picnic tables – with varnished timber tops. Gleaming in the well preserved 1988 car, each table has space for a flute of champagne and perhaps some water crackers and cheese.
Welcome to the interior of this elegant lady, a grand motor vehicle created by aristocrat showman Charles Rolls and his partner, engineering maestro Henry Royce. The Silver Spur is for sale at Allbids Fyshwick. The days on the market are ticking down. The interest, awe and sheer motoring joy are rising.
A Spirit of Ecstasy emblem crafted by sculptor Charles Robinson Sykes protrudes from the bonnet. Rob confirms the silver emblem is retractable. He describes the car as magnificent. Closing any of its doors emits a crisp crunch, confirming its quality.
Cruise control, power mirrors and automatic air-conditioning came as standard, remarkable features in 1988.
Imported from the United Kingdom and stored in a Tuggeranong garage for 10 years, its elderly owner has passed away. The estate executors have enlisted Allbids to sell the Silver Spur. An excited Allbids’ mechanic replaced its fuel pump, installed a new battery and the ink-blue V8 burbled into life. It has a mere 56,000 kilometres on the speedometer.
From Ferraris to old Fords, Allbids has sold them all, but this is the first time a Rolls Royce has sat in the showroom, gracious among antiques assembled nearby from prominent estates, awaiting sale.
Rob says visitors who clap their eyes on the iconic car for the first time smile excitedly: ‘‘Oh wow!’ a lovely old Rolls Royce, wouldn’t it be nice to be sitting in the back of that and being driven around like you are in an armchair?”
Worth $360,000 new, the Silver Spur is now affordable, and conjures a motor vehicle purring across the iron and granite Windsor Bridge over the Thames River.
“A lot of people have said, ‘I’ve always dreamed of owning one’,” Rob says.
“Here is an opportunity to buy one where it is not going to cost you an arm and a leg. Bidding is at $20,000 at the moment, which would be an absolute bargain,” Rob says.
Bidding closes on November 8. Allbids is receiving interest across Canberra and southern NSW. The buyer will in all likelihood take it on as a project, polishing it to an even glossier finish, and driving it only on weekends.
Rob says the new owner will need a large garage, for this legendary motor vehicle is not for parking at the Woden shops.
“We want to create an auction urgency, we are working for the vendor, but here is an opportunity for a bargain, it is a win/win,” Rob says.
Click here to bid.