NOTE: This vehicle is part of the AACA Museum permanent collection; however, it is currently not on view due to a large number of vehicles we currently have on loan from private collections for our featured summer exhibits. It will be available for view on dates when we offer a “Behind the Scenes” experience. These are currently scheduled for June 17, 18, July 22 and October 5 & 6, 2017. Hours vary – contact us for details.
An Anonymous collector has donated a 1986 Rolls Royce Silver Spur factory Limousine which was once owned by famed music icon, the late Whitney Houston. Houston, one of the most successful singers of all time and often referred to as “The Rolls-Royce of soul voices”, purchased this car through her publishing company Nippy, Inc. and used it extensively for her daily activities. Among the cars features is a division window, TV/VCR, and a wet bar with crystal glasses.
In 1980, Rolls-Royce introduced two new cars to their line-up: The Silver Spirit and the long-wheelbase version Silver Spur. Although the bodies were completely new, the chassis was essentially identical to the previous Silver Shadow but with a new self-leveling suspension. The factory offered even longer limousine versions of the Silver Spur such as this car. The base price of this vehicle was $198,000 in 1986 and it was produced with a 6,750 cc V8 engine by Rolls-Royce Motors Ltd. of Crewe, England.
This Rolls-Royce takes its place in the AACA Museum along with several other vehicles with a celebrity heritage that are part of the Museum’s permanent displays: Betty White’s 1977 Cadillac Seville, The Lakeland Bus used in the award winning Forrest Gump Movie, and several vehicles used in the filming of The Good Shepherd and the series Boardwalk Empire.