After testing the new Rolls-Royce Phantom, I have fallen in love with the brand. A Rolls from any era just seems to be one of the finest luxury cars available. These cars when new were not only the best luxury cars available, they were also the most expensive.
The solution would be a used Rolls-Royce, which after a few years depreciates quite steeply. At some point in the deprecation curve, the specific model levels off and stays pretty even in the market.
This is the best time to buy one of these cars as the depreciation is over and you could even to see the car increase in value over time.
The Silver Seraph is an interesting car built during an interesting time. Rolls and Bentley were for sale, with both BMW and Volkswagen looking to buy them.
What ended up happening is that VW bought the Bentley/Rolls factory in Crewe, England, for hundreds of millions of dollars and thought they had purchased the Rolls-Royce brand as well. As it turns out, while they got the factory, BMW actually bought the Rolls-Royce name for somewhere around $50 million.
The Silver Seraph is unique in that it was built just after this was sorted out, and as a result was the last Rolls-Royce model to be built in the Crewe factory, which by then was owned by VW. Yet the car was actually powered by a V12 engine from BMW.
This Silver Seraph has the benefit of being a second-year model. In 2000, the car received a number of upgrades, such as a built-in GPS system and parking assist, and a rear seating compartment with more room. A number of first-year problems also were worked out, making the 2000 Seraph a reliable car if cared for properly.
Another bonus with the Silver Seraph is its strong performance. According to contemporary road-test data, the car that weighs more than 3 tons, can cover 0-60 in 7.1 seconds and reach a top speed of 140 mph. Not bad for an uber luxury car of the era. Rolls-Royce would have called it “adequate.”
This Silver Seraph looks like one that has been well cared for. Not surprising since the base cost of a Seraph in 2000 was $219,000, with many costing $250k or more, depending on options.
The seller states that the car has covered only 59,000 miles from new, and from the ad it sounds like a single-owner car.
Before buying any one of these cars, you should first have it inspected by a Rolls-Royce/Bentley specialist, and inquire if the seller has service records for the car.
With only 1,570 total Silver Seraph cars built and in a nice color combination, this one could well be an excellent buy at the asking price of $38,900. It is certainly so when you learn that the original owner paid $220,00 for the car when it was new.
To view this listing on ClassicCars.com, see Pick of the Day.