Yes, I do own the road actually - 27th July, 2018

It’s the size of an ocean liner, has a 6.8 litre engine that runs on the sweat and tears of the great unwashed and is quite difficult to park. But none of this matters as you’ll have a driver to deal with the tricky stuff while you sit in the back seat plotting another corporate takeover whilst savouring a very fine single malt whisky. 

Most older luxury cars are a dime a dozen and when they reach 10-15 years of age you are fooling nobody that your car is anything more than a money pit with leather seats. But this is not the case with an old Roller. This early 80s throwback is neither stylish nor modern but it is imposing and it stands for just one thing: I’m filthy rich, get out of my way.

But you don’t have to be filthy rich to own to buy this 1982 Silver Spirit, although keeping it ship shape could be another story. That said, this car has been maintained to a very high standard and was being used as a daily driver until very recently. It also recently cruised from Invercargill to Auckland - presumably taking in the sights of our county’s many petrol stations along the way. 

Here’s the thing, the price of looking like a billionaire or a successful gangster has never been cheaper with a price tag of just $23,999. It’s hard to see any downsides in owning this luxury behemoth. Sure the huge engine will be thirsty and maintenance will be costly. And then there’s the risk of jealous poor people vandalising the paintwork. But surely this is a small price to pay for a car that gives the illusion of wealth and power that’s pretty hard to see through for all but the truly wealthy and powerful.

Rolls Royce ownership is an exclusive club. You’ll need to act fast to gain entry. More details here.

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