The new book ‘The Spirit of the Age’ is available for sale

The Definitive History of the Rolls-Royce Silver Spirit, Silver Spur, Bentley Mulsanne, Turbo R and Derivatives.

Nubes Argentea is pleased to announce publishing of the new book ‘The Spirit of the Age’ of the Great Model Series. This definitive book covers the story of the Rolls-Royce and Bentley four-door saloons built from 1980 to 1998, also known as SZ series. Written by Davide Bassoli following five years of research, ‘The Spirit of the Age’ provides a complete description of the four series of the Silver Spirit and Silver Spur, with reported all the modifications.

Also covered in this book are the Mulsanne, the Mulsanne Turbo, the Turbo R, the Eight, the Mulsanne S, the Touring Limousine, the Brooklands, the Flying Spur, the Turbo S, the Silver Dawn, the Silver Spur with division, the Park Ward, and the final editions.

The book describes the absolute quality pursued during the building in Crewe of these cars, which was the basis of the success of the SZ series, and includes specific chapters about the turbocharged Bentley versions, the special editions, and the Hooper and Jankel conversions.

The features of the book include:

Standard edition

  • 262 pages
  • 360 colour pictures, many of them previously unreleased
  • 24 drawings, 19 tables
  • A colour folding cut-away of the Silver Spirit
  • Historical section for each SZ series
  • A dedicated chapter about the SZ series colour range with reproduced 51 paint samples and 40 leather and cloth samples
  • A chapter about the bespoke extras
  • A chapter about the special editions
  • A chapter about the Hooper and Jankel conversions
  • A market analysis of the SZ series
  • Dimensions 320 x 243 mm (12¾ x 9 in.)
  • ISBN  9788894456714
  • Clothbound limited edition of 500 copies with slipcase at a cost of €. 190.00
  • Leatherbound limited edition of 15 copies with slipcase at a cost of €. 400.00

A signed copy by the Author of this book in clothbound or leatherbound may be obtained direct from the Publisher contacting the email address The despatch of the first copies will begin by the next week.


Cost for p&p for delivery by DHL express courier (in 24/48h) are as follows:

Europe €. 25.00

Great Britain and USA €. 30.00

Rest of the world €. 40.00

Davide Bassoli
Author and Publisher

Nubes Argentea