Rolls-Royce / Phantom / sedan
TRADITIONALISTS may lament the fact Rolls-Royce is now owned by BMW, which
became custodian of the marque in July, 1998.
But the fact is that without
German influence the famous British automotive nameplate would likely have
slipped into automotive irrelevance and the title of "world’s best car" would
probably belong to yet another German saloon.
Almost one hundred years after
Englishman Charles Rolls and engineer Henry Royce hatched a plan to produce the
world’s finest motor cars (on May 4, 1904), Rolls-Royce is still the epitome of
automotive luxury and engineering excellence.
For proof, one need look no
further than the million-dollar 2004 Phantom saloon, just two of which call
Model release dates: January 2003 - November 2012
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It took Rolls Royce 18 years to replace the Silver Spirit with the 1998 Silver
Seraph, but it was only available locally for under five years.
use many BMW drivetrain and mechanical components by its former owners Vickers
before BMW's takeover, the Silver Seraph was powered by a modified BMW
5.4-litre V12 engine allied to a five-speed automatic transmission producing
Only two Silver Seraph models were ever officially imported to
Australia - the "regular" model and the "Last Of The Line Series" of July 2001.
Discontinued in December 2002, it marked the final Crewe-built Rolls Royce.
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