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Autotrader Find: 1999 Rolls-Royce Silver Seraph With 157,000 Miles

Who says Rolls-Royces can’t be used as daily drivers? While most Rolls owners preserve their cars for special occasions, the previous owners of this particular 1999 Rolls-Royce Silver Seraph drove it and drove it and drove it and drove it — to the point where it’s the highest-mileage Rolls currently listed for sale on Autotrader, with 157,000 miles from new.

Now, 157,000 miles may not seem like a lot for a 20-year-old car, but it’s an impressive amount for a Rolls-Royce for a few reasons. One is the fact that, indeed, many Rolls owners save their cars for special occasions and don’t use them daily. Then there’s the cost of ownership: these are expensive to fuel, expensive to maintain and expensive to repair when they break, with a small network of dealerships, few mechanics who are skilled with working on them, and pricey parts.

And yet, none of that was daunting to the prior owners of this car. Unfortunately, the VIN doesn’t appear in this ad, so we can’t see how many owners this Silver Seraph has had, or how the mileage has been added — but the exterior and interior pictures seem to be pretty representative of nice condition and a careful prior owner or owners. The Silver Seraph has always been a handsome, understated car, and it remains that way 20 years after it came out.

If you’re interested, this Silver Seraph is offered in Odessa, Florida, in the Tampa Bay Area, and it’s listed for $19,999, making it one of the least expensive Rolls-Royce models on Autotrader — all due to the mileage, no doubt.

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  1. I’d totally rock something like this, Big BMW fan so this would be right up my alley, Never understood the special occasion vehicle though, If I was rich enough I’d either drive it or be driven in it depending on my mood, I’d be the type to hire a driver just to have him/her sit in the passenger seat or rear seat lol.

  2. The Silver Seraph really isn’t that bad mechanically, it used the BMW M73 V12 along with the ZF 5HP30 transmission, both of which are fairly stout and easy to buy parts for. I had a car with the same exact drivetrain (1995 750il) and I found it to be surprisingly cheap to maintain (DIY, of course). Unlike the BMW V8’s of the time which had a lovely tendency to destroy their timing chain guides, the V12’s had no real flaws since they were essentially two SOHC inline 6’s mashed together.

  3. I knew RR and Bentley were related under BMW’s ownership during the 90’s, but now I see this car is basically a badge-engineered version of the Bentley Arnage that Doug reviewed recently. I’m thankful both brands are each to their own now. This sort of practices is just ridiculous at this price point.

  4. Hey Doug, the VIN is SCALA61E7XCX01089.  It has a full dealer service history from Braman in Miami and two Dimmit locations near Tampa.  Also, it has a clean title – albeit with a Lien.

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Doug Demuro
Doug DeMuro writes articles and makes videos, mainly about cars. Doug was born in Denver, Colorado, and received an economics degree from Emory University in Atlanta. After graduation, Doug spent three years working for Porsche Cars North America. Eventually, he quit his job to become a writer, largely because it meant that he no longer had to wear pants. Doug’s work has been featured in a... Read More about Doug Demuro

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