Lot 180 - 1998 Rolls-Royce Silver Seraph ‘Ex Sir Bobby Robson’
|Odometer reading||77,222 miles|
|Estimate||£23,000 - £28,000|
|Result||Sold - £26,036|
- Owned by the late Sir Bobby Robson
- Well presented example
- Desirable colour combination
Unveiled in March 1998, the Silver Seraph replaced the Silver Spur. All Seraphs were handbuilt 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 and, 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 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 and glossy burr walnut veneer and featured folding picnic trays for rear passengers.
This wonderful example showing a mere 77,222 miles on the odometer is presented in the desirable colour combination of silver over a red leather interior. Purchased by ‘the gentleman of British football’, the late Sir Bobby Robson some years ago, the Silver Seraph was his pride and joy and was used regularly. The current vendor reports that the Rolls-Royce is in very good order throughout and drives superbly. Offered with a UK V5C registration document and a current MoT test certificate the Seraph comes to the market with a sensible reserve price and a very interesting history. Ready to be enjoyed by a new custodian.
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