Still a Stunner: 1999 Rolls Royce Silver Seraph – SOLD!

Sep 2021 | Craigslist ClassiFINDS, Free For All Friday

October 14, 2021 Update – We confirmed the seller of this “Classifind” deleted their listing, so we’re now able to call this one “SOLD!” While this one got away, please reach out either by email or call us directly if you’d like to be informed when we come across something similar.

Used luxury cars are a risky buy no matter how you slice them. And, the more luxury and features you add, the harder it becomes to justify the status points you’ll earn by driving a classy rig with routine four-figure repair bills. But what if you could find one that had been loved since new, like this handsome 1999 Rolls Royce Silver Seraph originally listed in September 2021 on Craigslist in Bellmore, New York, with all books and records and an asking price of $37,000.   Comparing this price against the NADA Price Guide confirms this private seller has his Silver Seraph priced below the “Low” retail of $50,500 – is it a bargain or a money pit?

When the Silver Seraph was introduced, it was a milestone change for the storied brand. Years of the refreshing design language that stretched back to the early 1980s gave way to a completely new look, with smooth body lines and features like clear signal lenses to give the stodgy brand a much-needed new lease on life. The old guard standards still applied, with lavish accommodations and a powertrain that continued to deliver 0-60 times far quicker than anything this heavy had a right to do. The Rolls Royce was able to achieve this impressive blend of performance thanks to a major adjustment to the recipe with the incorporation of a BMW-derived powerplant, based on the 5.5 liter V12 from the BMW 750i sedan. The engine was paired to a five-speed automatic, helping the Silver Seraph achieve a 0-60 time of under seven seconds.

The MotorWeek Retro Review YouTube provides a detailed review of the 1999 Silver Seraph when new:

The seller’s car is clearly a used example, with wear evident throughout the interior on the leather seating surfaces. Age-related creases, some discoloration, and wear-and-tear to the armrest all tell the tale of this being a used car. Mileage isn’t exactly low, either, at 83,000, but that’s not always a bad thing in the case of cars that were maintained; in fact, one could argue it’s better to find a potentially risky car that hasn’t been locked up with 12,000 miles on the clock. And, if the seller’s claim about a robust paper trail of maintenance records and documentation are true, you may find that every major issue has proactively been addressed. With four new tires and all the luxury features one could ask for, this Silver Seraph is ready for more road-trip time if the seller’s claims are correct. Would you take a chance on a used-up flagship like this?

Here’s the seller’s description:

“1999 Rolls Royce Silver Seraph v12
83.000 miles 2-owner garage kept
all service records & books
Fully equipped 4-new tires very well maintained Mechanically very reliable
Run’s and drives excellent
Sunroof navigation rear tables
Clean title $37,000 Serious inquiries only
NO EMAILS call or text only.

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