When the paint is as expensive as the car...

While the existing Phantom is on its way out, with a redesigned model to be launched soon, the Ghost is ready to soldier on for a few more years. Introduced in 2010 and updated in 2014, the full-size sedan will be around at least until 2018. Most likely, Rolls-Royce won’t bother to release another facelift, but we will see plenty of Bespoke-made versions, just like the unique Ghost Elegance that the British automaker launched just in time for the 2017 Geneva Motor Show.

Created for an unnamed owner that "exudes unapologetic luxury and grandeur" (whatever this is supposed to mean...), the Ghost Elegance is just like any other Bespoke model, featuring custom paint with thin stripes on the outside and two-tone upholstery on the inside. However, unlike any other production car so far, it is finished in a paint created from diamonds. Yup, you read that right. And what’s more, Rolls-Royce crushed no fewer than 1,000 diamonds to create enough paint for about half a Ghost.

Named Diamond Stardust, this is arguably the most luxurious and expensive paint to ever grace a production car. A bit flamboyant if you ask me, but it definitely takes automotive paint to the next level.

Continue reading to learn more about the Rolls-Royce Ghost Extended Wheelbase Elegance.

What makes the Rolls-Royce Ghost Extended Wheelbase Elegance special

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Although not the type of color that stands out, the Diamond Stardust paint is obviously the main feature of the car.

Although not the type of color that stands out, the Diamond Stardust paint is obviously the main feature of the car. Essentially a dark gray with metal-like flakes, this bespoke paint is impressive not by means of hue, but by the special process it was created with.

Specifically, the 1,000 diamonds used in the paint first went through extensive testing to ensure their radiance when used in a paint. The company says it spent two months to achieve the perfect result by examining the dimensions of the precious stones with the use of a high-powered microscope. "The density and strength of the diamonds created a challenge for the team to produce an easy marriage with the clear paint and its ability to spread gracefully over a surface, leaving the diamonds undetectable to the touch," said Rolls Royce in a statement.

This process eventually resulted in the creation of a very fine diamond powder which was then mixed into the paint. Additionally, a new and unique paint process was developed, including an extra final layer of lacquer to protect the diamond particles during the hand-polishing process.

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A new and unique paint process was developed, including an extra final layer of lacquer to protect the diamond particles.

Although the first official photos aren’t very revealing, Rolls-Royce says that the paint finish "glistens like no other." To be honest, I’m not that impressed, but I’m taking the company’s word for the uniqueness of the paint until I see photos from more than one angle and under different lighting conditions.

Special paint aside, the lower body is finished in a lighter grey highlighted by Mugello Red and Black lines. The thin stripes adorn the Ghost’s beltine, but, unlike other Rolls-Royces, can also be seen just above the side skirts. Finally, the two-tone, 21-inch wheels have hand-painted, Mugello Red pinstripes.

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Although there are no diamonds inside the cabin, the cockpit was inspired by by early luxury cars.

As we’ve come to expect from Bespoke-made Ghosts, the interior received even more attention. Although there are no diamonds inside the cabin, the cockpit was inspired by by early luxury cars in which the driver and passenger areas were separated by distinct upholstery and trim. While the front section has black leather with red piping on the seats and red stitching on the door panels, the rear seats feature Selby Grey soft leather with Mugello Red stitching. The inner pockets of the rear doors and the front seatbacks sport grey, black, and red tartan. The interior is rounded off by open-pore Tudor Oak veneer and the obligatory Bespoke clock on the dashboard.

There’s no word as to what lurks under the hood, but it must be the massive, 6.6-liter V-12 that’s standard in every Ghost Model. However, Rolls-Royce didn’t say whether the output is the regular 562 horsepower and 575 pound-feet of torque or the 604 horsepower and 620 pound-feet available in the Black Badge and a few other Bespoke models. Whatever the case, the Ghost uses an eight-speed automatic transmission and it should hit 60 mph from a standing start in at least 4.7 seconds. Top speed is rated at 155 mph.

As it is the case with unique models, Rolls-Royce did not release pricing for the Ghost Elegance. A Bespoke model usually retails for more than $300,000 (versus the standard $250,000 sticker), but you might as well add a fortune for the 1,000 diamonds crushed for the special paint.

Press Release

At this year’s Geneva Motor Show, Rolls-Royce will show why it is considered to be the world’s leading luxury house by showcasing the full breadth of its Bespoke capabilities. The facets of Bespoke tailoring, Bespoke engineering and Bespoke jewellery will demonstrate to every connoisseur who commissions a Rolls-Royce that they can count on having their desire for a truly personal motor car, that reflects who they are, fulfilled in the most fitting manner to them. In short, they can be assured that Bespoke is Rolls-Royce.

‘Dawn - Inspired by Fashion’ will, with its Spring/Summer 2017 collection of three colour schemes, show how Bespoke means complementing the fine couture our patrons wear from day to day.

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Wraith Black Badge, a motor car Bespoke-engineered to suit its younger, edgier customers will demonstrate that at Rolls-Royce, Bespoke is anything but skin deep.

And one patron has allowed Rolls-Royce to show the Geneva crowds that only they can “create the unimaginable” by showing the Elegance, the ultimate expression of luxury with the luxury world’s first Diamond paint finish.

Such cars are considered works of art by their collectors and owners, and in homage to this status, Belgian artist, Charles Kaisin, has created a Bespoke sculpture for the Rolls-Royce Art Programme that will adorn the Rolls-Royce stand for the duration of the Geneva Salon.

Elegance

This year, Rolls-Royce brings Elegance to the Geneva International Motor Show, a car inspired by something that cannot be bought, but is innate…style.

The lifestyle of the Rolls-Royce customer is like no other. They are unapologetic in their lifestyle choices and are proud to showcase this to the world. In the words of Coco Chanel, “Elegance is not the prerogative of those who have just escaped from adolescence, but of those who have already taken possession of their future.”

One such connoisseur of luxury has chosen to share their personal vision of elegance with those who attend the Geneva Motor Show this year; the Rolls-Royce Ghost Elegance, the first luxury motor car to be finished in a paint created from diamonds.

Only Rolls-Royce, with the skilled craftspeople who reside in its paintshop, could have created a paint made from 1,000 crushed diamonds. Named ‘Diamond Stardust’, this is the most luxurious and lustrous exterior ever seen on a motor car, and the most expensive paint to grace the body of a Rolls-Royce.

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Commissioned for an individual collector, this unique motor car takes the term Bespoke to the next level.

This exclusive paint was created by the craftspeople at the Home of Rolls-Royce at Goodwood by subjecting 1,000 ethically-sourced diamonds to a special process.

This process saw the diamonds go through extensive testing to ensure their radiance when used in a paint. Goodwood’s Technical Laboratory Leader, Paolo Travaglia, and his team of paint specialists, Rawdon Evernden and Joseph Piotrowski, spent two months of concentrated testing to achieve the perfect result. Examining the dimensions of the precious stones with the use of a high-powered microscope, the team carefully analysed their transmission and reflection of light. The density and strength of the diamonds created a challenge for the team to produce an easy marriage with the clear paint and its ability to spread gracefully over a surface, leaving the diamonds undetectable to the touch.

This process resulted in the creation of a very fine diamond powder which was then mixed into the paint. Additionally, a new and unique paint process was developed, including the application of an extra final layer of lacquer to protect the diamond particles during the hand-polishing process. This process added an extra two days of paint application by hand and a further day of finishing.

Applied to the top section of the car, the paint finish glistens like no other, making this a motor car to be recognised and appreciated. Just like its owner, the car exudes unapologetic luxury and grandeur.

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The final elegant exterior touches to this one off Rolls-Royce Ghost have been applied by master coachline painter, Mark Court, with a squirrel-hair paint brush. The flanks of the motor car are accented with Mugello Red and Black twin coachlines. To enhance the exterior further, the centre of the 21 inch wheels are hand-painted with a Mugello Red pinstripe. Last but not least at the prow of the car, showcased in all her glory, an uplit Spirit of Ecstasy guides this unique Rolls-Royce, and its owner, into the future.

The interior of this unique Rolls-Royce Ghost also communicates the elegant tastes of its owner. Chauffeur and passenger areas are clearly demarcated as in the early days of luxury motoring. The chauffeur’s ‘cockpit’ features black leather seats with accents of Mugello Red stitching on the doors, and piping on the seats. The colour black is continued in the lustrous carpet and lambswool footmats. The detailed fascia of smooth open pore Tudor Oak veneer is also complemented with a Mugello Red single stitch along the top of the dashboard, and finished with a Bespoke clock.

Adorning the rear sanctuary, the lounge seat is contoured with Selby Grey soft leather and also accompanied with Mugello Red stitching and piping. The inner pockets of the rear doors are lined with a favourite material of the owner; a Grey, Black and Red Tartan.

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