With nearly every Phantom across the globe, 90% of Wraith and 80% of Ghost family motor cars commissioned by customers with some element of Bespoke design, we present five most outstanding bespoke Rolls-Royce models of 2014.
1. Rolls-Royce Phantom Drophead Coupé Waterspeed Collection
Designed to celebrate Sir Malcolm Campbell’s act of setting a new world water-speed record on Lake Maggiore in 1937, the Waterspeed Collection echoed the cutting-edge technology employed in the construction of his Bluebird K3 craft. Sir Campbell is famous for setting world speed records on land and on water at various times during the 1920s and 1930s using vehicles named Blue Bird.
The finest contemporary materials were used to furnish Waterspeed Collection. While brushed steel complemented the exclusively developed ‘Maggiore’ Blue colour scheme, hand-crafted Abachi wood inlays created the aura of a boat effortlessly gliding through water at pace. The exterior coachline and laser etchings inside the car brought Campbell’s ‘Bluebird’ motif back to life.
Interestingly, for the first time in Rolls-Royce history, the engine was painted the same colour as the exterior of the car, to create a visually striking homage to the power behind Campbell’s records. The Phantom Drophead Coupé’s traditional teak decking to the rear made way for brushed steel.
Another reference to Campbell’s craft was made with a new interpretation of Rolls-Royce’s famous ‘power reserve’ dial. As the driver presses on, the dial moves backwards towards a yellow and blue zone, echoing K3 ‘going into the blue’ at maximum engine revolutions.
The glovebox contained a direct tribute with a hand-embroidered panel expressing the records Campbell achieved at Lake Maggiore, Lake Helwel and Coniston Water in K3 and K4.
2. Rolls-Royce Phantom Metropolitan Car
The Phantom Metropolitan Collection is among the outstanding bespoke Rolls-Royce models of 2014. An exquisite homage to the world’s great metropolises, it is the result of the most complex application of marquetry ever undertaken by Rolls-Royce. The processes of hand-cutting, colouring, shaping and applying are so complex that it took an ace wood craftsperson several days to create these unique objects d’art.
When opened, Phantom’s signature picnic tables offer occupants an elevated view of the city, created with 500 individual wood veneer pieces. Upon closing the tables, one’s view when travelling in the rear of a Phantom is reflected.
Going beyond Phantom’s many wood surfaces, the Aetherius Grey leather colour was created to echo the colours of the modern city whilst 6,800 two-tone stitches to the central rear seat flutes depicted an abstract image of a skyscraper. A bespoke clock extended the theme to the front of the car. It has a rotating bezel expressing 24 of the great cities of the world and their time zones.
3. The Suhail Collection
The Suhail Collection is the first ever Bespoke Collection that encompasses the marque’s entire family of motor cars. It is named after one of the brightest constellations in the sky, Suhail, whose light is believed to have inspired the 10th Century Arabic mathematician, astronomer and physicist Ibn al-Haitham. British-Iraqi physicist, Jim Al-Khalili, considered Al-Haitham to be the “first true scientist,” and amongst other achievements, Al-Haitham was the first scientist to realise that light enters the eye rather than leaving it. The Suhail constellation has inspired the collection that celebrates Al-Haitham’s influence on Eastern and Western science.
Several elegant touches have been added to the Rolls-Royce Phantom, Phantom Coupé, Ghost and Wraith to bring alive the spirit of the Suhail constellation in this collection. The exterior sparkles in a unique moonstone pearl colour, evoking the colour of the stars at night. A Suhail star emblem completes a Turchese Blue coachline inspired by the colour of the night sky when Suhail is visible.
The striking colour scheme continues in the interiors with elegantly combined Cremé Light leather with Turchese accents, framed by a Navy Blue instrument panel top and carpets. Suhail star emblems are worked into the marquetry on the Ash Burr wood fascia, whilst a Starlight Headliner in the Phantom and Wraith models allows the owner their own personal moment of stargazing. Finally, the Bespoke clock, colour matched to the interior, depicts the Suhail Ursa Minor and Major constellation on the clock face.
4. Rolls-Royce Pinnacle Travel Phantom
This extraordinary motor car is also among the outstanding bespoke Rolls-Royce models of 2014 and was made in response to the growing interest in luxury travel, especially in China. The Rolls-Royce Pinnacle Travel Phantom offered a luxuriant colour palette, opulent, sumptuous materials and complex, beautifully hand-crafted marquetry that evoked the glamour of the golden age of travelling on luxurious cross-continental trains.
The richness of the Pinnacle Travel Phantom’s main two-tone exterior colour scheme hinted at the luxury awaiting the traveller inside. A unique coach line adorned with an abstract motif of a streamlined train travelling at speed, invited the passenger for a journey of discovery.
This luxurious colour scheme continued inside with a sartorial Morello Red and Seashell leather combination for seats, roofliner, pillars and door cards plus specifically developed Morello Red lambswool floor mats. Another motif in Smoke Grey thread evoked luxury travel whilst the piece de la resistance was 230 individual pieces of marquetry, painstakingly hand-laid to create a striking motif of a cross-continental train speeding across a landscape with plumes of steam left in its wake. The same hand-made motif is painstakingly replicated on the door cards through 24,633 individual stitches.
5. Maharaja Phantom Drophead Coupé
The most recent of the outstanding bespoke Rolls-Royce models of 2014, the Maharaja Phantom Drophead Coupé is inspired by the Golden Age of the Rajas. This stunning car was conceptualised and handcrafted in honour of India’s long history with the super-luxury marque.
It featured a host of subtle touches to the Rolls-Royce Phantom Coupé that brought the Golden Age of the Rajas alive. Read about this car here.
Rolls-Royce regularly collaborates with its customers to create custom variations of their models. Check out the configurator on their site, which allows you to create a virtual custom car and then contact a dealer to make your dream car a reality.