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Everything is better in threes, so they say.

Okay, we may or may not have made that up, but at least someone seems to agree with us because British automaker Rolls Royce went to the 2012 Paris Motor Show with not one, not two, but three special edition "Art Deco" models - much to our excitement.

The three special edition models are based on pretty much the entire line-up of models Rolls has under its disposal: the flagship Phantom , the inimitable Ghost , and the topless Phantom Drophead Coupe.

The last of the troika, the Phantom Drophead Coupe, is arguably the freshest of the bunch, not only because it’s dropping swag like it’s hot, but because the car’s matching Light Blue exterior and interior makes us want to take this baby out for a ride out on the road with the wind blowing through our hair.

Add the specially designed Mother of Pearl trim detailing in the interior and you have a uniquely finished luxury convertible that not only catches enough attention to last a lifetime, but more importantly looks good in doing so.

By the way, having a 6.75-liter V12 engine that produces 453 horsepower and 531 lb/ft of torque with a 5.7-second 0-60 mph time and a top speed of 149 mph?

That helps too.

The second of the three "Art Deco Special Edition" models British luxury automaker Rolls Royce is bringing to the 2012 Paris Motor Show was a unique take on the Ghost .

As if the Ghost isn’t unique enough by itself, Rolls Royce is taking a whole new approach with this one, dressing it up in a two-tone Jubilee Silver and Cobalt Blue exterior finish. Inside, the fine and fresh interior enhancements include a blindingly white leather interior with contrasting blue accents, a full wood dashboard, and last but certainly not least, bespoke marquetry adorning trim pieces that you can find throughout the cabin.

Under the hood, no modifications were given to this expected-to-be rare as rare can be Ghost Art Deco Special Edition. Be that as it may, the luxury sedan’s 6.6-liter twin-turbo V12 engine with 563 horsepower, a 0-62 mph time of 4.7 seconds, and a top speed of 155 mph, is still plenty impressive in our book.

Finally, pricing for the Ghost Art Deco Special Edition has yet to be announced, although as a unique, special edition model, expect it to cost more than just a shiny penny if it does hit the production block.

British automaker Rolls-Royce will be bringing three special edition models to the 2012 Paris Motor Show , all while paying tribute to the 1925 Paris Exposition, which was the site for the birth of the phrase ’Art Deco.’

The first of these models is for the Rolls-Royce Phantom . Considered the flagship model of the British luxury car brand, the Phantom Art Deco Special Edition has been treated to a bevy of bespoke enhancements, highlighted by a fresh interior that has been dressed with an Arctic White leather treatment and contrasting black accents. On top of that, the interior also gets added goodies like hand-finished stainless steel inlays on the drawers, door cappings, and rear picnic tables.

More than just a showpiece model, the Phantom Art Deco Special Edition is Rolls-Royce’s way of giving customers a peg on what a custom art deco car should look like. The British automaker is even taking it a step further by giving its customers an opportunity to build their own custom art deco cars, with the modifications on the three special edition models serving as inspiration.

As far as the Phantom is concerned, its engine remains intact, which means that you can expect a 6.7-liter V12 engine that produces 453 horsepower and 531 lb/ft of torque to go with a 0-60 mph time of just 5.7 seconds and a top speed of 149 mph.

The phrase "one-off" has been popularly used in the auto industry these days with plenty of automakers building one-off models for their popular line of vehicles.

The latest to do so is British luxury car maker Rolls Royce . Sure, they’re not known for one-off customizations like this one, but for a special client in Qatar, they went the extra mile, building a unique Rolls Royce Ghost with a two-tone English White and Ensign Red finish. The Ensign Red color, in particular, appears to be something Rolls Royce cooked up in their shops, accounting for a great chunk of the luxury car’s characterized phrase of one-off exclusivity.

Inside, there are also plenty of upgrades, highlighted by an interior trim that’s unmistakably Rolls-Royce: Seashell with Consort Red leather and an Elm Cluster veneer. Adding touches of panache to the leather and veneer, Rolls also added Consort Red accents that extend all the way to the dashboard, the steering wheel, and even the lower section of the floor.

For a one-off model, Rolls Royce did this Ghost some justice. Some people may be flippish on it, but from our end, it looks pretty good.

Heck, it’s even better when you account for its 6.6-liter twin-turbo V12 engine with 563 horsepower, a 0-62 mph time of 4.7 seconds, and a top speed of 155 mph.

Jay Leno had a ton of fun at the 2012 Pebble Beach Concours, taking in all of the luxury vehicles in attendance, including all of the concepts revealed. In the last episode of Jay Leno’s Garage show, Leno took his time reviewing the Lamborghini Sesto Elemento and the Urus Concepts, but his new episode focuses more on the other concepts presented at the show.

Leno got an up-close look at Infiniti’s fully electric Emerg-E , as well as the latest concept coupes from Rolls-Royce Bespoke and Mercedes-Benz. The first concept to be reviewed is the Emerge-E, which received less than stellar marks. Next, Leno takes a look at the Mercedes-Benz Concept Style Coupe which will be unveiled in production form sometime next year. His final concept to review was the Rolls-Royce Phantom Coupe Aviator Collection which is also set to be put into limited production.


Rolls-Royce is breaking new company ground with the launch of its latest app , which has been designed to help you find used Rolls-Royce models without so much of a hassle.

The app is called the Provenance Pre-owned Stock Locator and follows the Provenance app that Rolls-Royce launched last year for its certified pre-owned vehicle program. Among the features of the PPSL app include easy-to-navigate search filters, as well as a feature that allows users to be able to make direct auto comparisons.

The app works in such a way that users can search for certain Rolls-Royce models in a specific country. From there, they can specify the exact model depending on a number of variables, including the car’s model, age, mileage, budget, or color.

For all the neat features of the app, it does have one caveat. The app will only cater to the highest grade models, which will be determined by a team of factory-trained technicians, who, in turn, will subject the car to a comprehensive road test before grading them.

The PPSL app can be accessed on the company’s official homepage and is available for the iPad, PCs, Macs, and most smartphones.


“Quail: A Motorsport Gathering” is one of those events that always inspires special edition vehicles, most of which are bespoke – one-off production – vehicles. We already got a good look at BMW and Zagato’s beautiful creation and now we have Rolls-Royce getting in on the bespoke fun with a one-off Ghost. Rolls Royce displayed this custom Ghost at The Quail: A Motorstport Gathering to show what its Bespoke division is capable of.

This 2013 Ghost Extended Wheelbase is decked out with the official flower of California, the Orange Poppy, in various places in the car. The exterior of this Ghost bears a Carrara White and Mazarine Blue two-tone paint job with a Mandarin Orange stripe separating the two colors. This flawless paint job sits atop the Ghost’s hefty body with a glass-like finish.

The suicide doors open up to expose a mirror-like polished scuff plate that you likely wouldn’t want to touch, except with a soft cloth. This scuff plate dons the aforementioned poppy flower, which is seen throughout this beautiful car, and a "Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance 2012" stamp.

The seats feature the same poppy flower embroidered on the headrests. They are covered with seashell and navy blue leather with navy blue piping to set them off. The two-tone coloring proceeds onto the dashboard to keep the effect going. A cross-banded walnut burr veneer is inserted in the dashboard and boasts a navy blue clock in the center of it.

The rear seats are ventilated to keep your passengers cool and boast a massage feature to keep them relaxed too. There is also rear theater entertainment and a coolbox to help keep drinks nice and chilled.

We’re not too sure what’s in store under the hood of the 2013 Ghost "The Quail: A Motorstport Gathering" Edition’s hood, but we’re pretty sure it is the same 6.6-liter V-12 powerplant found in the 2012 Ghost that pumps out 563 horsepower at 5,250 rpm and 575 pound-feet of torque at 1,500 rpm.

In conclusion, we like this one-off Ghost, though it is one of the less exciting ones this year.

Click past the jump to read Rolls-Royce’s official presser.


They’re not as rare as the Olympic Edition Phantom Drophead Coupes we featured earlier, but this special edition Phantom Coupe Aviator is no less mouth-watering than its brethren.

Built as a celebratory model to company’s co-founder Charles Stewart Rolls and the 1930s Supermarine S6B racing seaplane, the Rolls-Royce Phantom Coupe Aviator Edition comes with a unique Aviator Grey paint finish that’s contrasted by a matte bonnet, a matte window, matte grill surrounds, and plenty of airplane inspirations.

Meanwhile, the interior of this limited-run Phantom Coupe has been dressed with a lower fascia veneered in mahogany, polished stainless steel veneer ‘onlays’ with bullet-shaped ends, and leather floor mats. There’s also a Thommen aviation-grade clock with blood orange needle tips while a metal foil upper fascia is complemented by matte black dials on the power reserve, speedometer, and fuel gauges. Then there’s the transmission tunnel, which has been dressed in its own unique way, courtesy of anodized aluminum with exposed torx fixings and swage lines.

Rolls-Royce CEO Torsten Müller-Ötvös explained the rationale behind building the limited edition Phantom Coupe. "Our founding forefather Charles Stewart Rolls was a pioneer who pushed the boundaries of motoring and aviation to the limit," he said.

“With our exclusive Phantom Coupé Aviator Collection we celebrate this great British hero, presenting a car which hints at experiments in early flight married to the best engineering, modern design and exquisitely crafted materials."

The Rolls Royce Phantom Coupé Aviator Edition is scheduled to make its debut at the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance before it hits the market at a limited edition number of just 35 models.

With the 2012 London Olympics closing with a tremendous bang over the weekend, the ceremonies pretty much celebrated everything that is British. If we’re talking about the term "British" in the context of the auto industry, you won’t find anything more British than Rolls-Royce.

Having said that, the British automaker was front and center during the closing ceremonies of the Olympics, particularly three models of the 2013 Drophead Coupe , which was the transport-of-choice for artists Jessie J, Tinie Tempah, and Taio Cruz during their collaborative performance titled ’A Symphony of British Music.’

More importantly, the three Drophead Coupes sported newly-designed badges for the first time in the company’s 108-year history. These new badges were designed by the Rolls-Royce Bespoke Design Team and replaced the traditional double R-R for the first time since the company started in 1904.

"I am delighted that Rolls-Royce Motor Cars was invited to take part in celebrating the success of the Games and it is appropriate that we should recognise this occasion with a fitting tribute," said Torsten Müller-Ötvös, Rolls-Royce’s Chief Executive, in a press release.

"These unique cars were hand built at the Home of Rolls-Royce at Goodwood by our dedicated and passionate workforce and the whole team can take great pride in their part in making history for our company."

Each of the three models were finished in an English White paint with the company’s iconic Spirit of Ecstacy dressed in the Union Flag sitting elegantly on the grille badge. Meanwhile, the self-righting wheel centers have been scripted with the words ‘London 2012’ and surrounded by the Olympic motto, ‘Citius, Altius, Fortius.’ Translated to English, it means "Faster, Higher, Stronger." Inside, the steering wheel center of the luxury car comes with a traditional laurel wreath and torch.

From there, the cars also have unique tread plates with badges identifying each model of their model designation. Only three units of this special edition model have been built. Can you say ’ultra-exclusive’?


The famous Goodwood Festival of Speed started today and a very cool Ghost Extended Wheelbase will be used as the Race Director’s car for this year’s show. Next to it, a second Rolls-Royce press car, a Phantom Saloon Series II in beautiful blue velvet sparkle, will also take to the hill.

The Pace Car is finished in a very cool midnight sapphire combined with a silver satin bonnet. As usual the interior is hand-built and features sumptuous hand stitched leathers in creme light and navy blue.

The car is powered by a V12 direct-injection engine mated to an eight speed automatic transmission. To an impressive 563 HP, the Pace Car Ghost is ready to take the hill from 0 to 60 mph in just 5 seconds. Only when needed of course.

The model also comes with double-wishbone front suspension, a multi-link rear suspension and an intelligent, four cornered air-suspension system and electronic variable damping.


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