1999 Rolls-Royce Silver Seraph For Sale In London (RHD)
- One of the ‘finest’ examples available
- Just 3,545 miles
- Maintained regardless of expense
- The last of the Crewe built Roll-Royce motor cars
- Finished in the most beautiful colour combination
Whenever a new Rolls-Royce appears, it is the manner in which tradition is weighed against innovation that most intrigues the public, and the Silver Seraph’s introduction in 1998 was no exception. There was certainly no lack of new components in the new car; exterior door handles and the occasional switch excepted, nothing was carried over from its Silver Spur predecessor. The most significant break with tradition was, of course, the adoption of BMW engines, the Seraph’s power unit being the 5.3-litre, 60-degree V12 of the range-topping 750i, its engine management system appropriately re-configured for the heavier Rolls-Royce. The ZF five-speed automatic gearbox is likewise sourced from the 750i, and once again its electronics, which control shift points, was reprogrammed to suit the different application.
Changes to the body seemed less radical but were no less interesting. While the styling represented a conscious attempt to recall the looks of the Silver Cloud, its method of construction broke new ground for Rolls-Royce in several ways. Part of parent company Vickers’ £200 million project investment was spent on new body plant, the Seraph being the first model built on a moving assembly line. The body itself – now fully galvanised – used significantly fewer panels than that of the Silver Spirit and took less time to make, while contriving to be 65% stiffer than its predecessor’s. Build quality was by all accounts even better than before. Apart from the BMW engine and ZF gearbox, the Seraph also featured suspension conceived by Lotus, Bosch electronics, and design and engineering input from various other motor industry specialists.
Our wonderful Silver Seraph is finished in it’s original gleaming Black Sapphire pearl metallic coachwork with single Magnolia fine coach lines and Magnolia Connolly hide interior accented by French navy piping, top roll and carpets. To complete the feel of absolute luxury the car is also fitted with sumptuous Lambswool over rugs. Beautifully figured Burr walnut woodwork adorns the dashboard and door cappings. Chrome plated wheel finishers and correct Avon white wall tyres complete the regal presence of this exquisite example.
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