Rolls-Royce Park Ward Origins
The Rolls-Royce Park Ward sedan was essentially just a Rolls-Royce Silver Seraph with an extended wheelbase. With an extra 10 inches added onto its already 10-foot-plus length, the 127 manufactured Park Wards retained the five-passenger seating capacity, powertrain, and long list of consumer amenities that only a name like Rolls-Royce could provide.
The history behind the Park Ward name comes from William M. Park and Charles W. Ward, both of whom collaborated on creating a British coach-builders business in 1919. The duo teamed up early on with Bentley and Rolls-Royce. They would remain in the realm of high-luxury automobiles even after Rolls merged in 1961 with another notable British coach builder, H.J. Mulliner and Company, which became Park Mulliner Ward, a coach building name with a history that pre-dates the American Revolution. About the Rolls-Royce Park Ward
Some of the many qualities that Rolls-Royce is known for are the automotive namesake that pre-dates the world’s first car, a smooth ride, and sticker prices that go far beyond what the average can shopper can afford.
When the Seraph first showed its one-of-a-kind grille to the auto world more than a decade ago in 1998, Rolls-Royce hailed the vehicle as "the most technically advanced and refined machine ever made by Rolls-Royce Motor Cars." The factory in Crewe, England, buckled under the pressure and re-introduced the Park Ward for the 2002 model year with 10 inches more to sit back, stretch out, and relax in unmatched style.
As a guarantee, buyers of the Park Wards were given their choice of configurations. Rolls-Royce offered the exclusive with 27 exterior color selections and only the finest-quality wood, leather, and lamb’s wool carpeting for the interior cabin. Additional luxury features included optional refrigerator, bureau, and a whole host of vanity mirrors. Rolls-Royce Park Ward Features
Fitted with an engine identical to that of the Rolls-Royce Seraph, the Park Ward limo model was powered by a five-speed automatic 5.4-liter aluminum alloy BMW V-12 engine that generated 322 hp and 361 lb-ft of torque. As the first 12-cylinder Rolls-Royce since the 1939 Phantom 3, the Park Ward was capable of zipping from zero to 60 mph in just over seven seconds, attaining a top speed of 140 mph. Estimated EPA puts the Park ward at 11/15 mpg city/highway, not that those who can afford this car typically need to concern themselves with the price of gas.
Available in one trim, the Park Ward comes standard with rear and double wishbone suspension. An adaptive computer-monitored hydraulic damping system was designed to keep the keep the four-door-6,000-pound behemoth from teetering on sharp corners. To further manage the Park Ward’s imposing bulk, it also comes fitted with automatic ride height control with headlamp leveling and load compensation.
Interior cabin features worthy of note include power adjustable front and rear seats, navigation system, a six-CD changer with remote controls, front and rear temperature control system with various filter options, and a park-distance control feature. The Rolls-Royce Park Ward also comes with picnic tables built into the back of the front seat.
The 2002 Park Ward begins at $225,000.Rolls-Royce Park Ward Evolution
The Park Ward is a 10-inch extended wheelbase limosene version of the Rolls-Royce Silver Seraph and was only available for 2001 to 2002. In addition to the Serpah, the Park Ward also took some of its elements from another Rolls model: the well-known Silver Spur line.
The Silver Spur, which was made from 1980 to 1998, was a longer wheel-based version of the Silver Spirit. It came in four unique versions as it was marked with Roman numerals: I, II, III, and IV. By the time Rolls-Royce reached number four in the Spur lineage, the English-based auto-manufacturer introduced a limo version with a 24-inch extended wheelbase, known as the Rolls-Royce Park Ward Limousine or the Silver Spur Touring Limousine.
Powered by a 6.75-liter V-8 engine, the four-speed automatic Rolls-Royce Mark IV Park Ward Limousine could reach a top speed of approximately 125 mph. With the buyer option of being armor-plated for protection, the car also came with additional amenities: intercom system, rear moon roof, and a cocktail cabinet with crystal decanters and goblets. Unfortantely, the Rolls-Royce Park Ward Limousine would come to an end after four years in 1999.