2001 Rolls-Royce Park
One of only 127 extended wheelbase Silver Seraph-based models produced with extra rear leg room; only 67,300 miles from new; V12 power; superb example and 1 of just 24 in RHD - exceedingly rare opportunity
When the Silver Seraph was launched in 1998, the most significant break with tradition was, of course, the adoption of BMW engines, the Seraph's power unit being the powerful and whisper silent 5.3-litre, 60-degree V12, its engine management system appropriately reconfigured for the heavier Rolls-Royce. The ZF five-speed automatic gearbox is likewise sourced from the range topping BMW 750i.
Premiered at the 2000 Geneva Motor Show and introduced for the 2001 model year, the extended-wheelbase version of the Silver Seraph took its name from Rolls-Royce's in-house coachbuilder, Park Ward, which had been wholly owned since 1939.
The Park Ward had 10" (250mm) added between its front and rear doors, increasing the legroom for passengers. The Silver Seraph ceased production in 2002 when manufacture of all Rolls-Royce motor cars ended at the historic Crewe factory, by which time only 127 of the LWB Park Ward variant had been produced with just 24 of those in right-hand drive, of which this beautiful example is one.
Costing over £220,000 when new, this right-hand drive car was supplied new to Japan in 2001 and subsequently directly imported by a Rolls-Royce collector and UK-registered in December 2020.
The Seraph’s history file includes service history by supplying Rolls-Royce main dealer, Cornes of Tokyo, indicating the services carried out in addition to a recent service and conversion to MPH by a noted Rolls-Royce specialist costing £1,445 in July of this year including replacement driver information panel. The odometer shows just 67,338 miles with our sole UK owner covering only a handful since import (108,056Km at import – 67,142 miles). The current MOT is valid until 4th December 2021 with no advisories recorded.
Limited-production Rolls-Royce have always commanded a premium in the market and a long-wheel base modern Rolls is exceptionally rare and is worth serious consideration by collectors and enthusiasts alike.
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