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Sunday, March 04, 2012

Rear Window

Forget about the great Jimmy Stewart movie of the same name...
 
 
 
(Poster from  www.filmaffinity.com )
 
This is just as exciting...
 
I had often wondered why the Silver Spur models (the 'LWB' Silver Spirit) did not have a smaller rear window similar to the Silver Wraith II and Silver Shadow LWB cars.
 
Here's the standard Silver Shadow/T series glass:
 
 
Now the LWB with it's Everflex covered roof and smaller glass:
 
 
 
The Spur simply had the (longer) Everflex roof with regular glass, which just doesn't seem to stand out:
 
 
But one of my own 1981 London street shots shows something different:
 
 
 
Until now (thanks to Rodd Sala pointing this out) I hadn't caught on to the fact that early Silver Spurs did in fact have a smaller window.
 
There is one of these rare cars currently on Ebay .
 
Look at that rear glass. It's not quite as small as the Shadow LWB but it is very noticeable:
 
 
 
 
 
It really does look better this way.
To me, this is a rare car and I hope that whoever finally gets their hands on realises it too.
 
Does anyone out there know how many Spurs had this?
 
(Posted by David Irvine- and aside from one of mine, photos by Rodd with the exception of the last one by Ebay seller Bestcreditrepairman)
 
 
 
 
 

3 Comments:

At 4:42 am, Anonymous N. Craig Bryant said...

A variety of the modern cars had smaller rear windows. The later Silver Spurs such as the 'Springfield Edition' Spurs, almost all of the Hooper bodied Spirits, Spurs, and Bentley Turbo R cars had reduced rear windows. And finally the Silver Seraph 'Park Ward' cars as well as the Bentley Arnage RL's. So there were a great many more cars than are mentioned.

N. Craig Bryant, Santa Barbara, CA
roycru@yahoo.com

 
At 4:56 am, Anonymous N. Craig Bryant said...

Addenda:

Also, no mention is made of the fact that there were Silver Shadow long wheelbase cars which, like the Silver Spur, came WITHOUT the reduced rear window and Everflex covered roof.

N. Craig Bryant, Santa Barbara, CA
roycru@yahoo.com

 
At 9:36 am, Blogger Irvine said...

We are talking about EARLY Silver Spurs here...

 

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