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The Graham Hull-penned Silver Seraph was a clear statement of Rolls-Royce's intention to reclaim the coveted title of the producer of “The Best Car in the World”. Following a long gestation period, it was eventually only made for four years, from 1998 to 2002 and replaced the Silver Spur, which ended production in 1997. All Seraphs were hand-built at the factory in Crewe which stopped assembling Rolls-Royce models in 2002 but continued with Bentley. The Seraph was powered by a 5.4-litre, aluminium-alloy, BMW M73 V12 engine making it the first twelve-cylinder Rolls-Royce since the 1939 Phantom III. The transmission was a 5-speed automatic and standard electronics included digital engine management, adaptive ride control, and anti-lock brakes. The car had a base price of £155,175 in the UK at the time and just 1,570 Seraphs slipped quietly out of the Crewe gates during that four-year period.
This lovely Seraph is finished in the most remarkable colour of Amethyst. From a distance it appears to be the traditional and respectable Rolls-Royce hue of Midnight Blue almost Black, however, step a little closer and, as the Sun reflects off the substantial flanks of this striking motor car, you are rewarded with a kaleidoscope of colours moving from deep blue through mauve, purple, even red mica, subtle but simply stunning. The sumptuous interior is classic RR and features 'Cotswold' leather seating piped in Indigo, Burr Elm cross-banded veneers, Navy Blue carpet and Lambswool over-rugs throughout. The steering wheel is a work of art with circular Burr Elm veneer and Navy Blue leather and, arguably, is worth the car's asking price on its own.
Naturally, these luxurious motor cars are comprehensively equipped but one additional factory option was to have a pop-up screen with a reversing camera which is indeed fitted to this car, however, our vendor has just spent around £5,000 with a marque specialist having the pop-up screen modified to house the most recent, top of the range, Garmin touch-screen Sat Nav with an updated rearview camera as well as front and rear parking sensors.
Serviced meticulously throughout its life by Rolls-Royce specialists P&A Wood, the odometer was changed under warranty at just over 8,200 miles, and given the currently displayed mileage, indicates that this car has travelled only 21,000 miles during its 21-year life.
The finest motor car in the world? Who knows, but it was the first Rolls built under BMW ownership and is all the better for it. The Seraph, particularly in this spectacular colour combination, makes a statement without saying a word. Letting your heart rule your head has rarely been so rewarding.