1999 Rolls-Royce Silver Seraph
Introduced to a public eagerly awaiting the latest innovations from Crewe’s finest in 1998, they were far from disappointed. Apart from the odd switch or handle here or there, this was a whole new car. With Rolls/Bentley company entanglements with Volkswagen and BMW, the Silver Spur’s successor’s greatest departure from tradition was the utilization of the range-topping 750i powerplant from BMW. A 5.4 -liter 60º V12 producing 322bhp, it was mated to the 5-speed ZF Automatic Transmission for a smooth, tractable and supremely reliable power train.
Cosmetically, the car was a little less of a radical change from the Spur, with nicely smoothed edges for a far more modern look. Designed during Vickers’ ownership of Rolls-Royce, but with heavy influence from BMW, the Silver Seraph’s body – now fully galvanized – used significantly fewer panels than that of the Silver Spirit and took less time to make, while achieving a 65% stiffer result than its predecessor. Build quality was also better than before, now produced in Vickers’ £200 million new body plant – the Seraph being the first model built on a moving assembly line. The car also featured suspension conceived by Lotus, Bosch electronics, and design and engineering input from various other motor industry specialists. To be one of the 1,570 Silver Seraphs owners you would have to pay the local dealer a little over $220,000!
The car on offer here has been in the same ownership since new. The black on black car has covered a mere 60,000 miles in the last 20 years but was always garaged and meticulously serviced and cared for. The condition of the car inside and out is exemplary with little wear to the paint, chrome and interior surfaces of leather and wood veneer. The options list includes wood panels on the doors, sunroof, and 6 CD changer. And it reportedly drives as well as the looks indicate.