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This Is the Cheapest Rolls-Royce on Autotrader -- at Just $8,995

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author photo by Doug DeMuro January 2017

Readers of Oversteer, I present to you the single cheapest Rolls-Royce on all of Autotrader. It's a 1984 Silver Spirit, and it's for sale at Econo Automotive Center in Whittier, California, near Los Angeles, for $8,995. Yes, you read that right: under nine grand. For a Rolls-Royce.

For a better way to put that in perspective, Econo Automotive Center has in their inventory a 2007 Acura TSX with 109,000 miles that's more expensive than this Rolls-Royce.

So, what happened to make this Silver Spirit so cheap? Simple: It's a used Rolls-Royce. They all get this cheap. And there are several reasons why I think this is.

The first reason is, of course, the upkeep costs. Used-car shoppers approach their purchases much differently than new-car shoppers, in the sense that they're rarely willing to pay a premium for equipment, luxury or newness, but they're happy to spend more for reliability and durability. While this Rolls has equipment and luxury in spades, it's a bit deficient in terms of reliability -- and this isn't exactly the kind of car you work on in your garage.

There's also the styling. When Rolls-Royce debuts a new car, its intent is to capture the best styling trends of the day, and that means these cars can look outdated when their styling trends go out of fashion. That's certainly the case with the Silver Spirit, which began production in 1980 and capitalized on the boxy design trends of the time. While it may look like the most expensive boxy car on the road, today's shoppers want angles, and the Silver Spirit doesn't have them.

Of course, there are probably other factors here, too, like overall age (it's 32 years old) and mileage (nearly 85,000, which is a lot for a Rolls-Royce). But whatever the reason this Silver Spirit is so cheap, it is. And if you're a fearless mechanic who wants to drive around in something unusual, this will probably draw a lot more stares than a Nissan Versa.

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