Lot 297 - 1999 Rolls-Royce Silver Seraph
|Odometer reading||3,283 miles|
|Estimate||£58,000 - £70,000|
- Only 3,283 miles from new
- In exceptional condition
- Delightful colour combination
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.
This stunning Silver Seraph has only covered 3,283 miles since being first registered on 21st April 1999 and as such is in superb condition. The Black Sapphire paintwork is unmarked and the Cotswold leather trim looks and even smells like new, this really is a Rolls-Royce of the highest order. When you open the door the deep rich ample woodwork is in abundance and the seats are exceedingly comfortable. Taking into account these were amongst the last Rolls-Royces to be built at Crewe, collectors and enthusiasts alike have now recognised these cars as fine investments. The 5379cc V12 engine operates smoothly and efficiently, offering brisk performance. Supplied originally in Northern Ireland, the car spent some years in storage and has clearly been used very sparingly. Supplied with a V5C registration document, a current MoT test certificate and the original service books, this surely must be one of the finest Rolls-Royce Silver Seraphs available anywhere in the world today.
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