The best car in the world? That, so many people would have you believe, will be the Rolls Royce. Car manufacturers definitely don't come any more prestigious than Rolls Royce and few automotive emblems speak of class and elegance as effortlessly as The Spirit of Ecstasy sitting atop the imposing bonnet of one of the marque's luxurious conveyances.
| Ghost (26%)
| Phantom (20%)
| Wraith (18%)
| Silver Dawn (12%)
| Silver Spirit (8%)
| Silver Shadow (8%)
| Corniche (6%)
Popular body styles: | Saloon (50%) | Coupe (23%) | Convertible (17%) | Hatchback (3%)
Transmissions: | Automatic (89%) | Manual (11%)
Fuel types: | Petrol (100%)
Engines: | 6200cc (5%) | 6600cc (50%) | 6700cc (20%) | 6800cc (12%)
Popular colors: | Grey | Green | Gold | Brown | Blue
Brand new Rollers tend to be the preserve of multi-millionaires and the aristocracy but pre-owned examples can be surprisingly affordable. Just because you can afford to buy a used Rolls Royce, however, does that mean you should? There's no doubt that a Rolls Royce can prove to be fiendishly expensive to run but these are handmade cars built more to be passed down as family heirlooms than traded on after a few years of pleasure. They don't tend to wear out. The modern Rolls Royce is the Phantom, launched in 2003 and equipped with a 6.7-litre V12 engine. It's the size of a suburban semi and feels like the drawing room of a stately home when you're ensconced in the rear. Used models are about but the car cost over a quarter of a million quid when new and it isn't what most would term an affordable second hand car yet. More reasonably priced used car alternatives include the Silver Seraph launched in 1998, the Corniche convertible that emerged in 2000 and the Silver Spirit/Silver Spur which served from 1980 to 1998 through its three generations. Second hand Rolls Royce models aren't hard to come by but you'll pay for the privilege of owning a vehicle from one of the world's great car brands.
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