Rolls-Royce Phantom

Rolls-Royce Phantom

It’s not often that a car sells for $850,000 and gets considered one of the biggest bargains in automotive history. But if the car in question is the famed “Star of India” – it’s a one-off 1934 Rolls Royce Phantom II 40/50 HP Continental All-Weather Convertible – then you kind of understand why that selling price is ridiculously cheap for this car.

You see, this car is one of the rarest vehicles in the world, which gained notoriety when the Maharaja of Rajkot had it built with some pretty fancy coachwork made by Thrupp and Maberley and finished with saffron ochre and polished aluminum wings.

About a year ago, the car was on sale for an eye-popping €10 million – that’s about $14 million based on current exchange rates. After making its way to a number of auctions, the rare Rolls Royce was finally snagged for a ‘paltry’ $850,000 by an Indian man who – get this – turned out to be one Mandhatasinh Jadeja, a former prince of Rajkot and an actual grandson of the Maharajah. Turns out, Jadeja brought the “Star of India” Rolls Royce as a present to his father on his 75th birthday, effectively bringing the multi-million dollar Rolls Royce back to the family for the first time since the Maharajah sold it back in 1968.

We don’t have $850,000, but if we did and we found out that we could scoop up this car for that amount, we’d be running to the bank faster than a wasted teenager making a beeline for the bathroom. That’s how much of a bargain that price tag is. Of course, the fact that it ended up with its rightful owner does sort of bring a small tear to our eye, albeit a manly tear.

Source: Jameslist

Luxury vehicles like the Rolls Royce Phantom rarely ever need any additional tweaking and modding because, well, these types of vehicles are pretty fantastic as soon as they roll off the production line. That’s the beauty of being called a luxury vehicle, any customer will be extremely pleased with the work done solely by the car’s manufacturer. That being said, it doesn’t stop tuners such as Wald International from taking models such as the Bentley Continental Flying Spur , the Mercedes E-Class , and the aforementioned Phantom and applying their sick Black Bison package.

The Rolls Royce Phantom SPORTS LINE Black Bison Edition will debut at the 2011 Tokyo Auto Salon and will only feature exterior changes as seen on previous Black Bison models. Wald International has only revealed its first image of the Phantom so far, but from this image we can see that it will get redesigned front bumpers, new headlamps with LED lights, and new side skirts. We can only imagine that the rear of the vehicle will also receive some modifications as the Black Bison Bentley and Mercedes both received new rear spoilers and a new exhaust system. New wheels are also a given for this package.

We doubt that the Rolls Royce Phantom SPORTS LINE Black Bison Edition will be getting any attention to the interior of the vehicle or the engine, as this is not customary for this package, but you never know. More details will be revealed for this package in early January 2011, so stay tuned!

Source: Wald International

When you’re a Grammy award-winning R&B artist and producer, you can consider yourself part of the upper echelon of musicians all over the world, and as such, there are a certain number of perks you can enjoy that the rest of the world can only dream of having.

For T-Pain, a man that pretty much has everything in life, splurging on luxury cars is as easy as making music for as good a musician he is – as evidenced by the countless number of awards he’s bagged. But he’s not only an excellent musician, he’s also a certified car enthusiast. So for a man who’s got more cars than the rest of the world, the important question becomes which one is his crown jewel?
The answer, people of the world, is this 2009 Rolls Royce Phantom Drop Head .

If it’s not enough that he’s in the possession of one of the rarest Rolls Royce models in the world, T-Pain is also part-owner of the tuning house, Auto Extremes. Put one and one together and you have what every gearhead on the planet wishes they could have.

Full story and video of T-Pain talking about his ride after the jump

Source: Auto Extreme

Roll Royce came at this year’ Paris Auto Show with five bespoke models. First of them is Phantom EWB in Bespoke Gunmetal metallic that features: full natural leather grain, black seat piping, veneered cupholder lid, mother-of-pearl inserts to door cappings, Rolls-Royce inlay in all headrests, silver full metal fascia, milled drinks holder for coolbox, veneered table backs – theater, white clock face centers to MTC controller and instrument panel.

There is also aPhantom Drophead Coupé in Carrara White metallic that features: single coachline in Hotspur Red, painted wheel centres, steering wheel spokes in crossbanded elm cluster, veneered front cupholder lid, lambswool floor mats, white instrument dials, silver bezel white clock face.

The third bespoke model is a Phantom Coupe in Syrah Red metallic that features twin coachline in black, black starlight headliner, silver bezel black clock face, contrast RR to seat inserts, black carbon fibre veneer, cupholder lid and steering wheel spokes and piano black veneered interior cappings.

The fourth models is Ghost in Bespoke Ghost Silver 100 featuring single coachline in creme light, black stained ash veneer and black contrast stitching. And finally there is a Ghost in Bespoke Midnight Sapphire that features seat piping in fleet blue and spirit of Ecstasy inlay to door cappings.

Press release after the jump.

Abu Dhabi is not the only country to get special edition Rolls Royce Phantoms , the UK has also received a special Drophead Coupe that celebrates Pebble Beach’s 60th anniversary.

The new 60th Anniversary Special Edition will be distinguished by a Stillwater Blue exterior paint that was chosen as a tribute to Stillwater Cove on the Monterey Peninsula. It will also receive a navy blue soft top lined with cashmere and a Crème Light leather interior. The interior of the Phantom will also get wood fittings outfitted in cross-banded Santos Pallisander veneer and a silver pinstripe inlay. The luxury doesn’t end there though. Other quality materials include hand-crafted oiled teak decking found in the roof cover and luggage compartment. The teak extends over to the picnic deck that comes with a set of crystal flutes.

"This 60th Anniversary Special Edition is the embodiment of our Bespoke capabilities in Goodwood," explains Torsten Müller-Ötvös, "It demonstrates the ability of our designers and artisans to create something absolutely appropriate for an occasion and ultimately, something exceptional to cherish forever."

Press release after the jump.

Rolls Royce has unveiled two special edition Phantoms for its Abu Dhabi customers, each of them inspired by the city’s rich culture and natural landscape.

The four-door version takes its inspiration from the Baynunah region of western Abu Dhabi, UAE. The exterior shares the same beige and brown shades as found in the sand dunes of the region while the interior takes those same colors to enrich the beauty of the cabin.

The Coupe version was inspired by the Shaheen which is the region’s famous falcon. The exterior is a marquise-white color while the twin coach line stands out in Tudor red. The exterior is matched up with a red and Seashell leather interior that also features a brass falcon inlay and falcon embroidered head-rests. These headrests are special in their own right because they lay claim to 11 thread colors that comprise of 21,011 stitches per headrest.

Along with these two special editions for the Abu Dhabi area is the Bespoke Programme. This program is a service offered to Rolls-Royce clients for that allows them to customize their Rolls Royce beyond that of the traditional option list.

Press release after the jump.

You think that just because you have an exotic vehicle, you can do just about anything you want with it and not get reprimanded? Well, try having that attitude in London and let’s see how long it’ll take for you to eat your words.

In what is becoming a city where no exotic cars are safe, we have yet another exotic vehicle being given the yellow disc treatment in London. No word on why this Rolls Royce Phantom Drophead was clamped, but if you’ve been paying attention for the past few weeks or so, this is the third time that an exotic has found itself in trouble with the British police.

About a month ago, a similar clamping incident occurred with a Koenigsegg CCXR and a Lamborghini Murcielago LP670-4 Super Veloce with both exotics being given the clamped treatment. Then about a week ago, a pink Murcielago LP670-4 Super Veloce was stopped over by the police for revving on the streets. That’s right. Revving on the streets.

Now, we have this beautiful Rolls Royce Drophead getting the equivalent of being handcuffed.

It’s certainly a tough time to be an exotic car in London these days.

It’s true that weddings are, without question, one of the most important days in every girl’s life. On the other hand, if you’re the groom, the only thing that concerns you on your wedding day is how big of a hole the entire festivity has put in your bank account. Of course, if money isn’t a question, then weddings can still be as memorable for the men as they make it out to be and you only need to look at this Chinese wedding to prove it. This particular wedding had quite an automotive entourage, featuring 12 - yes, you read that right - Lamborghinis , including three Murcielago LP670-4 Super Veloce , two Murcielago LP640 , five Gallardo LP560-4 , and one Gallardo LP550-2 Valentino Balboni Edition.
And, yeah, there were also two Rolls Royce Phantoms in the mix, but they certainly look more like afterthoughts when lined up against all those those Lamborghinis. Whoever thought that day would come where a Phantom - two, no less - would be the featured marquee vehicle on a wedding?

But, apparently, that’s how this wedding rolls.

Source: GT Spirit

We wish we could come out with a reasonable explanation as to what this special-edition Rolls Royce Centurion - it’s the exact same one, actually - is doing sitting on a railway sidewalk. Unfortunately, we have neither explanations nor justifications; only speculations that this car may have been left out to dry by it’s owner - a Russian of some sort, we heard.

The car is actually a Rolls Royce Phantom that has been fully modded with an exclusive Centurion bodykit, upping its value to somewhere in the neighborhood of $450,000. That’s a lot for a car that’s now collecting snow and counts worn out tires and chopped wood among its companions.

From what we’ve also heard, this seemingly abandoned Rolls was once the property of a celebrity from Las Vegas, who then sold the car to a Russian buyer a few years ago, only to end up at the most unlikeliest of places. Poor Rolls, indeed.

If you haven’t gotten around to watching Iron Man 2, we suggest you do so at the soonest possible time. Not only was it awesome in every sense of the word, but it’s also the only movie - as far as we can remember - that actually got away with destroying not just one Rolls Royce Phantom , but two of those luxury cars. Yeah, we can imagine the brand’s founders rolling around in their graves right now.

This is an especially bitter pill to swallow given that a) each car costs a staggering $438,000, and b) Rolls Royce Phantoms are built by hand from the ground up. Just imagine if you were one of those people who spend your nights burning the midnight oil to build a Phantom and some movie just ends up destroying it, including one that was literally cut to pieces, for entertainment purposes.

You wouldn’t feel too good either.

Photo credit: Jerry Garrett

Source: Wheels

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