Lot 301 - 1998 Rolls-Royce Silver Seraph
|Odometer reading||19,581 miles|
|Estimate||£42,000 - £48,000|
|Result||Sold - £44,500|
The Rolls-Royce Silver Seraph was first unveiled on 3rd March, 1998 at the Geneva Motor Show. It replaced the Silver Spur which ended production in 1997. All Seraphs were hand-built at the Rolls-Royce factory in Crewe, England, which stopped making Rolls-Royce models in 2002 but continued with Bentley. The car had a base price of £155,175 in the UK and was powered by a 5.4 litre aluminium alloy BMW V12 engine, making it the first twelve-cylinder Rolls-Royce since the 1939 Phantom III. Standard electronics included digital engine management, adaptive ride control and anti-lock brakes. Aside from the radiator grille, badges and wheels, the Rolls-Royce was externally identical to the contemporary Bentley Arnage, sharing both its platform and bodyshell. Inside, the Rolls-Royce Silver Seraph and the Bentley Arnage were similar but quite distinct from one another. In the Seraph, the gear selector was column-mounted and the gauges followed a traditional Rolls-Royce layout (for example, there was no tachometer). In both cars, the seats and dashboard were upholstered in Connolly leather, with dashboard trim and folding picnic trays for rear passengers and glossy burr walnut veneer.
Supplied originally on 1st August, 1998 by H. R. Owen, this Silver Seraph has had only two former keepers and covered a mere 19,581 miles throughout its 19 years on British roads. To be expected from such a well loved member of the family, this Rolls-Royce presents in fabulous condition, the amethyst paintwork is unmarked as is the magnolia interior. With heated leather seats, lambswool rugs and picnic tables to the rear, this is exquisite in its appearance and comfort. Supplied with a V5C registration document together with a full years MoT test certificate, the original handbooks and a collection of invoices confirming the low mileage; a Rolls-Royce Silver Seraph is a rare car, to find one in such a delightful colour combination and superb condition is becoming increasingly difficult.
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