Stonking V12 Seraph sold new in Japan; believed to be a former Yakuza
car with extensive spec showing just 43,000 miles
Dating from November 2002 this magnificent Rolls Royce Silver Seraph looks like it may have led an interesting life in Japan, from where it came to our vendor, a Rolls Club member and enthusiast, who sought it out having heard about the car.
We gather the car belonged to the infamous Yakuza in Japan, the car still bearing some known insignia, and being extremely well optioned too, our vendor had to have it.
Finished in gleaming dark blue with black leather interior piped red, and matching red R-R embossed emblems in the head rests, we also find extended walnut trim throughout, including the exquisite timbered steering wheel, electric heated front memory seats and electric heated rear seats too with lambswool carpets in Oxblood to match the piping with fitment of luxurious burr walnut picnic tables for rear passengers.
We also note the presence of the optional sunroof, an extended Alpine sound system in copper colour, fitted navigation (in Japanese, which thinks we are in Tokyo), and a couple of other hidden digital devices as pictured.
The car presents beautifully with but a few minor marks to the body as pictured and a wonderful interior and instantly powerful engine and shows just 42,776 miles having been converted on import to the UK in December 2020.
Under the majestic bonnet, we find the BMW-sourced 5.4 litre M73TUB54 V12 engine driving the rear wheels via five speed ZF column selected automatic transmission giving a top speed of 140mph, with the car’s base price starting at £155,175 at launch in 1999.
The history file includes the V5C showing one UK owner (our vendor), the owner’s pack and Japanese service book with no stamps although we do have two Japanese service sheets showing 9,116Km and then 37,843Km respectively. We also note inclusion of one past MOT plus the current, valid until October 2023 showing just two minor advisories for tyre wear and slight misting to a rear shock absorber.
Ready to be enjoyed and driven to the sale from South Wales, these Seraphs offer a different angle to that of the similar Bentley Arnage with a different power train, plusher finish, more relaxed gait and with just 1,570 built, rarity too.
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