Business: Classy Chassis

When money is no object

Most of the auto ads this year feature no-nonsense comparisons of m.p.g. ratings and maintenance costs. But shameless luxury is still available to the unabashed motoring materialist. As Ford and Chrysler executives last week nervously waited for buyer response to such new, fuel-efficient small cars as the Ford Escort and Dodge Aries, automotive big spenders could anticipate the arrival of two lavish examples of conspicuous consumption on wheels.

At Rolls-Royce, new meaning has been given to the term carriage trade. The venerable British firm last week showed off its new 1981 model, the Silver Spirit, which runs headlong...

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