Rogert Daltrey’s One-Off Rolls-Royce Wraith "Inspired By Music" Hits The Auction Block
Roger Daltrey may not be on the level of John Lennon or Mick Jagger in the annals of British rock star legends, but The Who frontman is still a legend in his own right. His status as a rock icon is one of the reasons why he was part of the Rolls-Royce Wraith’s “Inspired by Music” tribute. Nine total one-off versions were created, two of which were dedicated to Daltrey and The Who. One of those models, the “Tommy” Edition, recently hit the auction block, pulling in £208,000, or about $270,000 based on current exchange rates.
Like most celebrity cars, proceeds from the sale of the Wraith Inspired by Music Tommy Edition didn’t go to Daltrey’s pockets. Instead, it’s going to the Teenage Cancer Trust, a U.K.-based nonprofit organization that provides specialist support to young people diagnosed with cancer in the U.K. Daltrey is an “honorary patron” of the charity so it’s no surprise that he’d pick the Teenage Cancer Trust as the beneficiary of the auction. In his own words, he said: "Seven young people are diagnosed with cancer every day in the U.K. This car has become an incredible collectors’ item, and it’s gratifying to know that the proceeds of the sale will support such a worthy cause." In the end, the car itself may have sold for less than the £235,416 ($304,700) price of a brand-new Wraith, but don’t get it twisted. $270,000 is still a significant sum for anybody, let alone an organization like the Teenage Cancer Trust that needs all the help it can get to function the way it wants to.
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There was no shortage of absolutely amazing luxury cars in 1930, all of the big names in luxury were still operating, and custom coachbuilt bodies were very much the norm. But even within the realm of these hyper-luxury cars that were built for literal royalty, some were a bit more special than others. In the world of the Rolls-Royce Phantom II, which first debuted in 1929, it was the short-wheelbase Continental models that were the rarest and most coveted. These two-seat versions of the car are the rarest, and also the ones where the coachbuilders really got creative.
Most of the Phantom II bodies were built by the usual coachbuilders that worked with Rolls-Royce on its volume-selling models, these being primarily Mulliner and Park Ward. But for really special models, cars that were being sold to royalty or the extremely rich, the chassis were frequently sent to Barker. That is what happened with this Phantom II Torpedo Sports, which sports an unusual body that was the absolute bleeding edge of design for 1930. This went on top of an all-new Continental chassis that was a complete redesign from the Phantom I. It’s a different sort of car, but very much in a good way.
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The first production Rolls-Royce Dawn that’s earmarked for the US market won’t be going to any of the company’s dealerships in the country. Instead, it will head to the Naples Winter Wine Festival in January 2016, where it will be auctioned off to the highest bidder. Proceeds from the said auction will go directly to the Naples Children & Education Foundation.
The Dawn first broke into the luxury market scene at the 2015 Frankfurt Motor Show in September. Since then, the Wraith’s cabriolet alter-ego has made a lot of waves, thanks in part to its uncompromising attitude towards premium luxury.
For its part, Rolls-Royce is making sure that whoever wins the auction will receive an authentic one-off. This particular Dawn features an exclusive Arctic White paint finish with a matching, Deep Red soft top roof and a red coachline running the length of the car’s sides. Inside, Rolls-Royce used the same Arctic White shade and combined it with a Consort Red contrast on the leather. The Dawn’s front fascia, doors and wrapping onto the back deck all received Santos Palisander Canadel Paneling, which Rolls describes as a “handcrafted finish of open pore Indian Rosewood” to further elevate the model’s one-off and first-production status.
All in all, this particular Rolls Royce Dawn is valued at more than $400,000. The starting bid is set at $335,000, although given its status as the first-production Dawn to hit the US, there’s a good chance it will push past $500,000 without even breaking a sweat.
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Whether you like it or not, most high end automotive manufacturers are driven by the promise of higher profits. In fact, if you have enough money to splash, you could pretty much enter any exotic car headquarters and ask for a completely custom car to be built specifically to your liking.
This has been seen numerous times with the Pagani Zonda, and back in 2008, Rolls Royce even got on board the one-off bandwagon when British collector Roland Hall commissioned a custom Rolls Royce Phantom Drophead Coupe dubbed the Hyperion.
Rolls Royce went all out on this extraordinary piece of art, even getting legendary designer Jason Castriota to head the design team. When it was all said and done, a Rolls Royce constructed solely out of carbon fiber (with the exception of the wooden doors) was created but for some unknown reason, the car was put up for sale just one year later for roughly $6 million.
Since that time, the Hyperion disappeared into the unknown until it recently reappeared for sale at an Abu Dhabi dealership. The asking price is currently being kept secret, but if the car has been treated well over the last few years, then the Hyperion will likely set any prospecting buyers back at least $7 million.
Although we adore the styling of the car, we really cannot see why anyone would pay that much for this relatively simple car. Sure the exterior styling is completely different to stock, but when you’re driving the car, it’ll feel just like any other Phantom Drophead costing less than one-seventh the price.
Nevertheless, we wish the dealership well in finding a new home for this piece of contemporary automotive art.
Rich and famous individuals around the world are known for leading extravagant lifestyles. Motor vehicles are often a way to show the world just how much money you have and one car in particular does this better than almost any other; the Rolls Royce Phantom. These bespoke automobiles have been the most luxurious and expensive items on four wheels since the company was first started. In the early part of the past century, Rolls Royce was often commissioned by heads of state and wealthy tycoons to build one off custom creations to fulfill their various desires. This 1925 Phantom I is perhaps the most indulgent of all being commissioned by the Maharaja of Kota specifically for the purpose of hunting Bengal Tigers.
Today, it would be very odd to think about taking a Rolls Royce on a dirt road, let alone trudging through mud and brush on a big game hunting trip. Those jobs would be best suited for a Land Rover Defender or even a Mercedes G550, but in 1925 Rolls Royce stood for more than just luxury. These were the most mechanically and structurally sound vehicles being produced and thus provided for the greatest reliability of anything around. Not to mention Rolls Royce was willing to do anything a customer desired as long as the price was right.
This car will be auctioned off at the Bonham Quail Lodge sale on August 19, 2011. It has changed hands several times since being discovered in the late 1970’s and has undergone two extensive restorations. Experts predict that this rare Rolls Royce could fetch anywhere from $750,000 to $1,000,000 when it crosses the block.
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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.
High end sports cars and exclusive supercars are always a treat to come across when participating in an auction, but there is a good amount of people that go to these auctions strictly to find themselves standing in front of a classic beauty. For that group of people we bring a 1923 Rolls-Royce Silver Ghost Salamanca. The Ghost will be at the Brooklands auction this Saturday, September 25th and is expected to bring in about £120,000 - £145,000.
This Roll Royce Ghost, Chassis 112 JH, was one of the 1,701 units produced by the Newhaven factory in Springfield, Massachusetts and it features the exquisite Salamanca coachwork style. The history is this vehicle is especially interesting because after stints in California and New York, this vehicle traveled to South Africa where its engine almost got transferred into a boat. After its near death experience, the Ghost proved itself in the South African National Rally where it won first place in 1955 and 1960
Other vehicles scheduled for auction this Saturday are: a 1964 Aston Martin DB5 Convertible (expected to sell for £350,000 - £450,000), a 1965 Ferrari 250GTO Evocazione, a 1933 Singer Nine Le Mans, a 1962 Jaguar E-Type S1 Coupe, and a 1936 Lagonda LG45 Pillarless Sporting Saloon.
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Yes, you read the title right; there is a 1914 Rolls Royce for sale, but this is not just any 1914 Rolls-Royce! This is a royal purple 1914 Rolls-Royce Silver Ghost that just happened to belong to Nicholas II, the last Tsar of Russia. Interested? The car is available for sale in Germany at a price of 5.5 million euro (or around $6.7 million at the current exchange rates).
This vehicle was built as a special order from the War Department in Russia in 1917 and then transferred to the Tsar. After the murder of the imperial family, the Rolls Royce "experienced" an adventurous life, traveling through half the world, including doing a stint in a car museum where it was displayed next to Adolf Hitler’s Mercedes. Finally the car was bought by a car collector in Germany and was hidden from curious eyes!
The Rolls-Royce Silver Ghost was produced from 1906 to 1925, with 6,173 units produced. It was powered by a 7428cc six-cylinder engine that delivered a total of 48 HP at 1200 rpm and was mated to a three-speed gearbox. The car was capable of a top speed of 24 mph.