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It Looks Like North Korea's Kim Jong Un Swapped his Mercedes for a New Rolls-Royce Phantom

It Looks Like North Korea’s Kim Jong Un Swapped his Mercedes for a New Rolls-Royce Phantom

North Korea’s leader knows how to ride in style

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un is known to have a taste for fancy luxury cars, and it appears that his latest ride is none other than a Rolls-Royce Phantom. Kim arrived at his meeting with U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo in the luxury sedan — eagle-eyed observers saw the Rolls-Royce logo on the car’s wheel center caps — prompting speculation that the North Korean president has a new ride to go along with the Mercedes-Maybach Pullman Grand armored limousine that he used during his summit with his South Koran counterpart, Moon Jae-in, earlier this year.

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Top Gear Host Rory Reid Raps His Love for the Rolls-Royce Ghost Series II

Top Gear Host Rory Reid Raps His Love for the Rolls-Royce Ghost Series II

He conveys what our hearts feel yet can’t usually verbalize

Journalist Rory Reid has been in the industry quite a while, but has now risen to A-list status with his new gig on Top Gear BBC. While no one has seen Reid and his fellow cast’s Clarkson, May, and Hammond impressions, we’re betting the revised version of Top Gear will be a smash hit.

Just have a look at this: Reid reciting lyrical poetry about his love affair with the Rolls-Royce Ghost Series II.

Reid’s on-camera performance is awe-inspiring. His words, so eloquently spoke, about the Ghost are combined with cinematic videography that pull you in – allowing you to vividly imagine the texture of the deep-pile carpet between your toes; to see the Spirit of Ecstasy rise from the satin chrome grille; to feel the effortless acceleration from the 6.6-liter V-12.

Reid’s purpose for his rhymes are realized only seconds into the video when he says, “I wax lyrical about every time I spoke, so this time is prose, rhymes and flow, to convey my feelings about a ride this dope.” The lines keep coming with verses like, “I would never dismiss you, I care and miss you;” and “So much in common, we even share initials;” and perhaps our favorite, “One look and I’m trapped and froze, satin chrome, boy it looks like it’s made out of MacBook Pros.”

And when talking about the yards of white leather delicately stretched throughout the cabin, Reid rhymes, “That fashion house did fashion proud when they splashed it round.” Better yet, referring to the 6.6-liter V-12, he says, “I suppose it could choke the environment, but so could your Prius if you chose to recycle it. This will be here forever.” What a rather valid point, Mr. Reid.

The six-minute video is undoubtedly worth the watch. And while we don’t suspect Reid will be rapping about every car he drives on Top Gear, we are definitely impressed with his skills and on-camera presence.

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2012 Rolls-Royce Ghost "Paris Purple" by Fenice Milano

2012 Rolls-Royce Ghost "Paris Purple" by Fenice Milano

Out of the enormous shadows of the 2012 Geneva Motor Show, Italian tuner Fenice Milano is preparing a sick program for the Rolls-Royce Ghost. And if there’s one thing we know about these dudes, the word "bland" is not part of their vocabulary.

Fenice Milano actually dropped the renderings for this particular Ghost called "Paris Purple" with the intent of getting somebody to dig into their pockets and order the custom luxury car. And now that a "very exclusive client" has given the green light to have it ordered, Fenice Milano is set to work on what can only be described as a pretty radical Ghost.

The unique purple paint finish is the first of many eye-catching things you’ll notice on the car, hence the name "Paris Purple." The car is also set to carry carbon wheel rims and 24-karat gold on the bonnet, the window frames, the radiator cowling, and the exhaust pipes. Yep, 24-karat gold on a car. That’s just how Fenice Milano rolls.

And, by the way, that’s just the exterior of the car. Inside, the Ghost also gets a significant make-over, thanks to plenty of leather, carbon, and gold details that we expect will be just as extravagant as that outside.

So who exactly is the celebrity that signed off on this project? Fenice Milano is keeping that a secret for now, but rest assured, we’ll find out who it is sooner rather than later.

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2011 Rolls-Royce Drophead Coupé Bijan Edition

2011 Rolls-Royce Drophead Coupé Bijan Edition

Almost a year ago at the 2010 LA Auto Show, world-renowned designer Bijan Pakzad struck a partnership with British luxury brand Rolls-Royce to design a limited number of rare Rolls-Royce Phantom Drophead Coupes that would be appropriately called the ‘Bijan Edition.’

Unfortunately, the designer was not able to see his work come to life after his unexpected death last April due to a heart attack. Despite his passing on, the Rolls-Royce project continued on and recently, the first of these special edition models was unveiled in front of Bijan’s luxury boutique in Beverly Hills, California.

The luxury Phantom Drophead Coupe, in so many words, has Bijan’s imprint all over it. From the unmistakable bright yellow color of the luxury sedan all the way to the touches of white diamonds embedded in the wood veneer dashboard and the set of crystal glasses tucked in a picnic set in the trunk, the Rolls-Royce Phantom Bijan Edition speaks to the taste and lifestyle of the late, great designer.

While its easy to get mesmerized by the car, it’s also worth noting that this particular Phantom also carries a 6.75-liter V12 engine that produces in excess of 450 horsepower. According to Bijan executives, the plan for the ultra rare Phantom Bijan Edition is to have at least a dozen of them built with each set to be priced from anywhere between $850,000 all the way up to $1.6 million.

Knowing the man and his impeccable taste in cars, there’s a good chance that Bijan Pakzad, wherever he is, is looking down on this car with that million-dollar smile on his face.

Photos courtesy of Dirk A. Photography

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World's biggest James Bond auto collection scheduled for 2012 exhibit

World’s biggest James Bond auto collection scheduled for 2012 exhibit

James Bond may be a fictional character to all of us, but the dashing debonair / awesome secret agent is still an inspiration to all of us. Who wouldn’t want to be in his shoes? He’s got a killer job, he scores the hottest women, and best of all - at least in our case - he drives the fanciest cars.

That last part is such an integral part of the Bond legend that an exhibition is actually being planned to showcase the largest collection of James Bond vehicle to ever be displayed. The whole event is being prepared through the collaborative efforts of the UK’s National Motor Museum, Beaulieu and EON Productions, which is doing the groundwork for the event in preparation for the 50th anniversary of Ian Fleming’s Bond franchise.

Around 50 cars are expected to be included in the exhibit highlighted by the 2008 Aston Martin DBS from Quantum of Solace, the 2002 Jaguar XKR with SFX weapons from Die Another Day, the 1964 Aston Martin DB5 from Goldeneye, and the 1937 Phantom lll Rolls-Royce from Goldfinger.

The exhibit will be held at the National Motor Museum in Beaulieu, United Kingdom and will run the entire length of the 2012 calendar year.

“Following the success of the first Bond cars exhibition staged at Beaulieu in 2001, we are delighted to be working with EON again on this new display, bringing together the world’s largest collection of Bond vehicles, Beaulieu’s Commercial Director, Stephen Munn said.

The exhibit won’t open for another few months, but it’s safe to say that we’ll be dropping by to check it out if we find ourselves in the area next year.

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 Bean's V16-powered Rolls-Royce Phantom

 Bean’s V16-powered Rolls-Royce Phantom

Rowan Atkinson is known by most as the one of the world’s funniest, albeit quirky, men. After all, Mr. Bean hardly needs much of an introduction, but what most people don’t know is that Mr. Bean is also an avid car lover and collector. Move aside, Jay Leno, because Atkinson knows his fair share of automobiles too, and drives them like a pro.

The proof is in the pudding and while dropping in on the gang at BBC’s Top Gear, Mr. Atkinson brought along one of his prized possessions: a very special Rolls-Royce Phantom. We say special because it doesn’t feature the Phantom’s usual 6.75-liter V12 engine, but a unique 9.0-liter V16. According to Atkinson, Rolls Royce designed the Phantom especially for this engine, but changed their mind at the last minute. The V16 engine was hanging around the company’s store until Atkinson - knowing of its existence and history - specifically asked for it to be dropped into a Phantom. The best part is that the V16-powered Phantom will be used for one of Atkinson’s upcoming movies - Johnny English Reborn - set to air in the States on August 18, 2011.

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Prince William and Kate Middleton Ride in Style for their Royal Wedding

Prince William and Kate Middleton Ride in Style for their Royal Wedding

We’ve been keeping a close eye on the vehicles ready to take center stage during one of the decade’s most talked about event. The world seems to have Prince William and Kate Middleton fever, and we’re catching the bug when it comes to the royal carriages housing the guests of honor during one of the most important days of their lives.

The Royal Mews houses one of the oldest and most meticulously cared for carriages in the world. This division is responsible for ground transportation of the Queen and other Royals in England, and Prince William and Kate Middleton will be making good use of several of these carriages and other vehicles in the collection during their royal wedding extravaganza. Separate vehicles will be taken by the Prince and Kate on their way to Westminster Abbey for the ceremony and they will leave together in one of the most famous carriages.

Hit the jump to check out which vehicles will be used for the grand wedding event.

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T-Pain's Rolls Royce Drop Head Phantom

T-Pain’s Rolls Royce Drop Head Phantom

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

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Nicholas Cage in trouble over a pair of unpaid Rolls Royce classics

Nicholas Cage in trouble over a pair of unpaid Rolls Royce classics

There’s no doubt that Nicolas Cage has a pretty nice taste when it comes about cars. Paying for them, though, is another matter altogether.

Back in 2007, Cage signed a 60-month lease agreement with Premier Financial Services for a 1964 Rolls Royce SC III, a car that came with a monthly lease of around $7,663.02. Not content with just one classic parked on his garage, Cage went out four months later and leased something a little more up-to-date: a 2002 Rolls Royce Corniche. The Corniche comes with a monthly lease payment of $3,630.71.

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One of a kind Phantom - KEITH MOON LIVES

One of a kind Phantom - KEITH MOON LIVES

The Rolls Royce Phantom is already out for a couple of years old now, so seeing one on the street may not make you turn your head. But when you see one of this color you will turn for sure.

England hasn’t seen a lilac colored Rolls Royce since the late Keith Moon, drummer for the rock band The Who, used house paint to make his ultra-luxury car stand out. This lilac Phantom in England is rumored to be owned by the Princess of Kuwait.

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David Beckham spotted driving his new Rolls Royce convertible

David Beckham spotted driving his new Rolls Royce convertible

When you are rich, it shows. This midfield Los Angeles Galaxy footballer needs no introduction. His lavish lifestyle has photographers staying up until all hours to grab that one last shot and in this latest picture, he is found cruising around in his fully customized Rolls Royce Phantom Drophead in the streets of Beverly hills accompanied by his three sons.

This Drophead stands on custom-built 24-inch Savini Forged wheels, color-matched exterior trim and Beckham’s “23” seamed onto the seats.

Back in 2004, Rolls-Royce unveiled the 100EX, an experimental drophead built to celebrate its 100th year in this business. In its two world tours, the 100EX received thumbs-ups from customers, and eventually in 2005, the manufacturer declared that a production version would be available by 2007.

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How Stupid

How Stupid

can a British singer and DJ be?
Really stupid.
If brains were required for success, some who have it, wouldn’t.
Story is that Madness’ singer Suggs made a bet with Virgin Radio DJ Chistian O’Connell. The winner was the one who could drink the most pints of Guiness in a week-end. Suggs was sufficiently confident of the outcome to bet his Rolls-Royce on the outcome.
His confidence was misplaced. O’Connell won.
O’Connell then proceeded to drive the car into the pool.
Of course, it was only a (...)

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Denzel Gives Away a Rolls-Royce

Denzel Gives Away a Rolls-Royce

Turns out crime does pay. In fact, it pays a lot.
The movie title is “American Gangster,” and its coming to a theatre near you soon, staring Denzel Washington and Russell Crowe.
Mr. Washington’s character is modeled on one Frank Lucas. Lucas was, in the 1970’s, a Harlem heroin dealer. By Lucas’s own estimation, he was grossing about a million dollars A DAY.
Eventually, the feds sent him to prison – with a 70 year sentence.
So, ever the pragmatic man, Lucas promptly started ratting on (...)

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Kate Moss buys unattractive Rolls-Royce

Kate Moss buys unattractive Rolls-Royce

Kate Moss is a supermodel, well paid to look good in clothes.
Her new-to-her Rolls-Royce is a 1964 Rolls-Royce Silver Cloud II Mulliner-Park Ward “Chinese Eye” Coupe.
It just isn’t an attractive car, particularly when seen from the back. Ms. Moss’s is black. It looks worse in black than in a lighter color. It looks better from the side than from either the front or the back.
The so-called “Chinese Eye” Rolls – and one look at the front, given the sensibilities of the time, tells you how it (...)

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Grey Goose unveiled its customized Phantom

Grey Goose unveiled its customized Phantom

Grey Goose unveiled its new customized 2007s-Rolls-Royce Phantom extended wheelbase, created to kick off a national program to promote social responsibility nationwide. Proceeds from the use of the car was donated to the Entertainment Industry Foundation, which helps raise awareness and funds for important causes.
The cars will be used at high-profile events and around the town, where trained chauffeurs will educate passengers on Grey Goose and to drink responsibly.
This special (...)

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Beyonce got a 1959 Rolls-Royce convertible for her birthday

Beyonce got a 1959 Rolls-Royce convertible for her birthday

Beeing a super star means to be used with all kind of cool stuff. But this time Beyonce got a present she never espected to. Maybe she would dreamed about an ring for her 25th birthday, but her man Jay-Z, probably to take her mind oout of this, got something even better.
Jay-Z took his sweetheart to the Time Warner garage and surprised her with a 1959 Rolls-Royce convertible, said to be worth $1 million. So Beyonce, do you still dream about the ngagement ring when you are driving your car (...)

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