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Rolls-Royce marks end of an era at Crewe with Silver Seraph

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Rolls-Royce and Bentley Motor Cars have announced details of the last in the family of the Silver Seraph to celebrate 97 years of Rolls production and to mark 55 years of manufacturing at Crewe.

It will also mark the last model to be produced by the world's most distinguished car brand before ownership passes from BMW to Volkswagen at the end of 2002 and Rolls production ceases at Crewe.

Only 170 of the landmark cars (pictured below) will be built. The exterior features a 'duo-tone' paint scheme in the style of the Rolls-Royce Silver Cloud 1, the first Rolls to be both engineered and built at Crewe.

The wheels have the Spirit of Ecstasy on the centre cap and all badging - on the radiator shell, boot and rear quarter panels - is finished in red, in the style of pre-1933 models.

On the front lower quarter panel, set against a Union Jack is a badge reading, 'Rolls-Royce Motor Cars, Crewe, England'.

Rosewood Burr veneer is used throughout, on the inlay to the Spirit of Ecstasy, the waistrails, door panels, seat switch surrounds and the steering wheel.

Tony Gott, Rolls-Royce and Bentley Motor Cars' chief executive, said: "As a final confirmation of our unique combination of competence and customer ethos and for those customers who wish to make this fitting end to production of Rolls-Royce cars at Crewe even more rare, we are delighted to take the specification beyond our production offer through the bespoke skills of the team at Crewe."

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