Lot 230 - 2000 Rolls-Royce Silver Seraph
|Odometer reading||43,000 miles|
|Result||Sold - £27,160|
Unveiled in March 1998, the Silver Seraph replaced the Silver Spur. 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 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 superb, later example of this truly luxurious model is presented in probably the best colour combination of Fountain Blue metallic with a cream leather interior. It also has the white indicator lenses, front and rear parking sensors and 100mm extra leg room in the rear. The car has had four owners from new and the mileage is genuine, this is backed up by evidence of regular servicing by Bentley specialists (11 services altogether) with a service being carried out in May 2022 at 40,287 miles and more recently the present owner has spent circa £6000 with Edd Watson and Son specialists where it was serviced which entailed the brakes were replaced, nipples and tubing to brakes, oil filter changes and all fluids. The underneath of the car was cleaned and waxed, also the bodywork was cleaned and coated (£750). The car’s interior is in excellent condition and it comes with four very good Avon whitewall tyres, and satellite navigation. It also has carpet footrests to the rear, adjustable steering column/wheel, air conditioning, in car entertainment (radio/CD autochanger), seat lumber support and heated seats front and rear.
Interested parties should note that the private registration plate is to be retained by the vendor and a new, age-related registration issued instead. A new V5 registration document has been applied for with the DVLA which may not arrive by the time of the auction.
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