2002 ROLLS-ROYCE Silver Seraph

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2002 ROLLS-ROYCE Silver Seraph


Whenever a new Rolls-Royce appears, it is the manner in which tradition is balanced 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, with almost nothing carried over from its Silver Spur predecessor.

The most significant change was the adoption of BMW engines, the Seraph's power unit being the 5.3-litre, 60-degree V12 of the range-topping 750i.

The Silver Seraph became the first V12 Rolls-Royce since the pre-war Phantom III.

The ZF five-speed automatic gearbox was likewise sourced from the 750i.

Changes to the body seemed less radical but were no less interesting. The styling represented a conscious attempt to recall the looks of the Silver Cloud, with a level of build quality that was higher than ever.

Just 1,676 hand-assembled cars were made during the Seraph’s short four-year production run from 1998 to 2002, when this car was manufactured.

The Vehicle

This car is offered from outside of the European Union. It has been imported under temporary admission customs bond and is therefore subject to Dutch import tax (9%) on top of the winning bid price. Cars less than 30 years old will pay 10% Dutch import tax plus 21% VAT on the hammer. If exporting immediately to another country, then tax/duty will only be paid in that country.

The winning bidder will pay €500 customs charge on top of the ‘hammer’ price.

The winning bidder will receive a receipt for the final hammer value, as their proof of purchase.

This vehicle has been on static display in the Middle East for a number of years and the only history or paperwork available is displayed in the photo gallery. In all cases the papers shown are photocopies unless otherwise stated. We do not have the original paperwork.

We have not tried to start or drive the car, and cannot vouch for its mechanical viability or functionality. The car is not registered anywhere.

It will require engine work and full recommissioning prior to road use and is sold ‘as seen’.

As CARS Europe BV is the guarantor of all customs duties and taxes for vehicles within Dutch customs bond, the car cannot be released until full payment received.

All storage charges (€30 + local VAT per day commencing from the sixth day following the auction end) must be paid in full prior to the vehicle’s collection or onward transportation. Collection and viewings are strictly by appointment only.

Please send an email to the storage centre to ensure vehicle(s) are ready at time of collection. Photographic ID will be required at time of collection. If a third party is collecting for you, then written authorisation is required in advance from you and photographic ID of the third party is required at the time of collection.

CARS Europe BV will contact you after the balance payment is received to confirm onward transport requirements. For enquiries about import tax and shipping contact Madam Joanna Herlihy, +31 (0) 252 682 526, +44 7483 433912, joanna@carseurope.net.

VIN: SCALA62E02CX08151.

Odometer Reading: 30,164 kms.

In common with many vehicles from the vendor’s collection, this LHD auto 2002 car comes with no history or service records.

With the proviso that we haven’t tried to start or drive this car and can therefore only comment on its cosmetic condition, we think this Silver Seraph is an excellent example of a very fine, hand-built luxury vehicle from a manufacturer whose name is synonymous with quality, exclusivity and prestige.

It is in good overall condition and appears to be entirely authentic and original. It will need work on the engine and steering especially.

We know that it entered a private collection of static display cars in 2019.

On the Outside

The light green metallic paintwork is in impressive overall condition and has plenty of shine and lustre to it.

The bodywork is free of any significant dents, bumps or creases that we can see.

The panel gaps and shut lines are consistent, even and a tribute to the skills of the people who built this car.

The chrome work is very good, as are the lights, badging and most of the trim.

There are a few light scratches on top of the grille next to the Spirit of Ecstasy.

There is a tiny dink in the bodywork above the headlamps on the passenger side, some scratches and scuffs around the front number plate holder, and a scratch on the rear passenger-side wing.

There is a small patch of bubbling and flaking evident at the top of the rear driver’s-side door.

The wheels appear to be in good order.

the drivers side wing mirror seems to have had the polarising fluid leak out, there is a picture in the photo gallery.

On the Inside

The interior is every bit as sumptuous and luxurious as you’d hope to find in a Rolls-Royce.

With pale green/grey leather upholstery and green carpets and trim details, it presents very attractively.

The leather seats, front and back, show only minimal creasing.

There are some marks on the backrest of the driver’s seat, but they look as if they should yield to a cloth and some soapy water.

The carpets and mats are in good condition, as is the headlining.

The magnificent wood veneers on the dashboard, centre console, door cappings, picnic tables and inserts are rich and glossy. There are a couple of scratches and scuffs on the centre console.

We can’t make any claims about the full functionality of switches, knobs, levers, toggles, buttons, dials or other electrics as we haven’t tried to drive the vehicle.


The bonnet doesn't want to open easily. And the engine has some plugs disconnected and the ECU looks to be in the wrong place.

The steering column moves, so this will need to be addressed also.

The undersides appear to have a good overall, with possibly some light damage to the front underside.

The plastic engine cover is cracked and missing the lower bracket so it's not currently attached properly.

History Highlights

The car doesn’t come with any history or service record.

Any paperwork we have is photographed and displayed in the photo gallery. We do not have anything else.

What We Think

Apart from one or two very minor cosmetic issues, this car seems to be in very good condition and appears to have been well looked after and preserved.

Provided that the engine and mechanicals are as good as the rest of it, this car should reward its next owner with years of very classy motoring pleasure.

We’re confident to offer this car for auction with an estimate of €25,000 - €35,000.

Viewing is always encouraged, and this particular car is located in a bonded warehouse near Amsterdam, to arrange an appointment please use the Contact Seller button at the top of the listing. Feel free to ask any questions or make observations in the comments section below, or try our ‘Frequently Asked Questions’.

Bidders MUST ensure they are aware of the registration situation of a car in auction, and whether it will be possible to export/register a vehicle in their country BEFORE they bid.

All vehicles MUST BE COLLECTED WITHIN 7-DAYS of the auction end. Storage fees of £180 + VAT apply (per week) thereafter without exception.

If needed, Footman James classic car insurance and Classic Concierge offer storage can offer you options, plus we have a list of contacts who can help with transport and shipping both domestic and international.  

BORING, but IMPORTANT: Please note that whilst we at The Market always aim to offer the most descriptive and transparent auction listings available, we cannot claim they are perfect analyses of any of the vehicles for sale. We offer far greater opportunity for bidders to view, or arrange inspections for each vehicle thoroughly prior to bidding than traditional auctions, and we always encourage bidders to take advantage of this. We do take a good look at those vehicles which are delivered to our premises for sale, but this only results in our unbiased personal observations, not those of a qualified inspector or other professional, or the result of a long test drive.

Also, localised paint repairs are common with collectable and classic cars and if they have been professionally carried out then they may be impossible to detect, even if we see the car in person. So, unless we state otherwise, please assume that any vehicle could have had remedial bodywork at some point in its life.

Additionally, please note that most of the videos on our site have been recorded using basic cameras which often result in 'average' sound quality; in particular, engines and exhausts notes can sound a little different to how they are in reality.

Please note that this is sold as seen (Caveat Emptor) and that, as is normal for used goods bought at auction, a return policy does not apply. See our FAQs for more info, and feel free to inspect any vehicle as much as you wish.

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  • Location: Amsterdam, Netherlands
  • Seller Type: Private
  • Odometer Reading: 30164 kms
  • Chassis Number: SCALA62E02CX08151
  • Gearbox: Auto
  • Steering position: Left-hand drive
  • Estimated Price: €25,000 - €35,000

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