It has been more than 100 years since the Rolls Royce Motor Car us serving the wealthy and influential people with a vehicle which is not just a transportation source, but a way of living, reflecting the lifestyle of such people. Made in Goodwood, England, the luxury marque has taken to the customer delight to another level by offering bespoke collection, and so much is the demand for the bespoke RRs, that every other car leaving the Goodwood plant is a bespoke collection.
We have seen many beautiful cars over the years, tastefully customized according to the customer's needs. 2016 was yet another glorious year for the company, as they managed to sell more than 4000 cars in a year, the most number ever since its inception 113 years ago. More than 50% of these luxury sedans were the bespoke collection and Rolls Royce was generous enough to release a list of their favourite bespoke launches from 2016.
“Rolls-Royce patrons live in a world beyond material acquisition, indeed they seek to commission, curate and collect. This is why they come to houses like Rolls-Royce to commission deeply personal luxury items, knowing this will be executed at the hands of the world’s most skilled artisans. In commissioning these extraordinary objects in close collaboration with our designers they create a timeless legacy, often profoundly inspired by the most important moments in their lives,” said Torsten Müller-Otvös, Chief Cxecutive, Rolls-Royce Motor Cars.
Here's some of the most beautiful and exquisite bespoke Rolls-Royce launched in 2016!
Phantom Zenith Collection
Rolls -Royce has announced to put a full stop in the production of its most famous Phantom sedan and naturally, connoisseurs and collectors were eager to commission some stunning examples before the seventh generation Phantom takes a break. Rolls Royce invited its patrons to commission 25 examples of the phantom coupé and phantom drophead coupé and every possible comfort was considered.
The rear-split tailgate was extended to include a crafted glass-shelf to serve champagne, poured from the bottles stored in a champagne fridge, that can house two bottles and eight Rolls-Royce glasses. The central fascia houses a removable polished aluminium case, with laser engraved unique identification number and beautiful application of English Blacking – a technique associated with fine gun-making.
The Peace and Glory Phantom
To honor the seventh generation Phantom extended wheelbase model, an entrepreneur from China commissioned one of the last bespoke models. The rear cabin was the area in focus here and a lot of personal touches, as required by the owner were provided. For instance, the rear centre console was exquisitely replicated in the pattern of a tiger fur. Apart from this, the custom made Phantom LWB gets some unique interior fittings, subtle gold coachline and motifs on the madeira red exterior.
The whole theme of the Phantom cabin is based on a two-tone design of moccasin and fawn brown leather, and is highlighted with multiple personalized motifs stitched into the hide and laid into the veneer, all by hand. White instrument dials, consort red steering wheel rim - all echo the breadth of colour palette at the disposal of the marque’s patrons for creating bespoke collection.
The ‘Blue Magpie’ Phantom Drophead Coupé
Buyers from the far east have a beautiful eye towards creating a bespoke Rolls Royce, and this entry is from Taiwan. The drophead coupe commissioned by a Taiwanese national beautifully displays the cultural emblems and bespoke features of regional significance. The exterior of the Phantom gets a silverlake finish with an andalusian white treatment on the bonnet and an engraved spirit of ecstasy in gold.
There's a lot of gold hints used for bespoke twin coachlines and the pinstripes on the wheel centres. Inside, the headrests gets a Blue Magpie embroidery - a bird native of Taiwan, while mother of pearl inlays sits within the veneers, instrument dials, clock and control knobs. Even the floor of the car’s luggage compartment gets the uniquely finished white maple inserts made of teak.
Mr Fux’s Pebble Beach Dawn
No matter how far you go to customize your Rolls Royce, you can't match a certain collector from the U.S named Michael Fux. His taste and love for Rolls Royce bespoke cars is on another planet and this year too, he decided to get himself a unique Rolls Royce Dwan, which he was handed at the Pebble Beach Concour d'Elegance.
The very gentleman got a unique paint registered in his name - Fux Blue - which will remain reserved for his exclusive use. The exterior shade looks stunning and is complemented by a blue hood in the same tone. The rear deck gets a contrasty arctic white shade, which are carried forward to the fittings inside the cabin too. Steering wheel, instrument panel cowling and interior veneers are also clothed in artic white, creating a truly unique and contemporary aesthetic.
Rolls-Royce Inspired By The Greats
By far the most enchanting name to be commissioned - Rolls Royce Inspired By The Greats is a stunning bespoke Ghost designed for a dealer in the Middle East. The Ghost reflects the passions that serve as the inspiration for a stunning collection of motor cars and celebrates the work of the great classical composers.
This ghost gets a monochromatic exterior design, and a striking coachline that incorporates the clef-like motif. The motif can be seen on the clock too, laid into the wood and stitched into the headrests. Barrel oak veneer dashboard panel, with a ‘folded back’ design that reveals dark ebony woodwork beneath, inscribed using the art of marquetry with the exact musical notation from the patrons favourite piece is a the USP of this bespoke Ghost.
A Nautical Dawn For Pebble Beach
One of the most remembered and glorified pieces from the gone year is the Nautical Dawn delivered to a Floridian lady and delivered at the 2016 Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance. The Rolls Royce Dawn was designed to take inspiration from the high-performance yachts, hence the name - The Nautical.
The Dawn is finished in a two-tone shade of arctic white with a midnight sapphire windscreen surround and bonnet. The convertible is designed to mimic the appearance of a superyacht, and gets a teak rear deck and ‘canadel’ teak interior panels. A cabin clock inspired by the patron’s favourite watch a treadplate showing the four international maritime signal flags that spell out ‘dawn’, are some of the design cues for the Nautica.