Welcome to Down On The Street, where we admire old vehicles found parked on the streets of the Island That Rust Forgot: Alameda, California. Today's isn't particularly old, but it is our first Roller!

I found this car parked about where I shot the 1932 Ford Model B and the Cressida Pizza Deliverator (apologies for the crappy camera-phone photos, but you use the camera you've got when you catch a car like this). It's obviously a driver, showing some signs of wear and tear. A vinyl top in 1991?

The Silver Spur II was the long-wheelbase version of the Silver Spirit, and it came with a built-in cellular telephone! The list price on this car was $159,000, or about $250K in 2009 dollars; these days, you can get a clean example for around 20 grand. Power comes from the venerable Rolls-Royce 412-cubic-inch V8, an engine family that has been in production since 1959.

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