Lot 226 - 1999 Rolls-Royce Silver Seraph
|Odometer reading||75,300 miles|
|Estimate||£23,000 - £28,000|
|Result||Sold - £28,280|
- Full service history
- Very well maintained
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.
The last owner of this lovely 1999 Rolls-Royce Silver Seraph was Lady Jean Loveridge, who purchased the car in 2007. Her husband was John Warren Loveridge, famous politician, businessman, sculptor, painter and poet. The car is finished in Fountain Blue with parchment leather seats piped in blue, blue leather dash top and steering wheel. This Silver Seraph has a full service history contained in three service books, the last service was carried out by the Chelsea Workshop in September 2018, Chelsea Workshop also replaced the air conditioning compressor, rear air springs and fitted a new windscreen. The speedo head was replaced when the car had covered about 30,000 miles which indicates that the car has covered just over 100,000 miles in total. With its lovely colour and interior combination, this Rolls-Royce is supplied with a V5C registration document, an MoT test certificate which expires in May 2020 and the complete handbook pack which contains the three service record books. This Silver Seraph represents everything that gave Rolls-Royce its worldwide reputation for luxury and mechanical excellence.
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