Best Of The Best: Rolls-Royce Phantom Drophead Coupe Special Editions
Ten years is a long time to be in the automotive market, but it’s also a long enough time to be the subject of a few special edition models. That’s the case with the Rolls-Royce Phantom Drophead Coupe, which enjoyed a remarkable run as one of the British luxury brand’s most significant models.
First introduced in 2007, the Phantom Drophead Coupe has received its share of special edition models in the past decade. Some bordered on questionable while others captured our imaginations by not only looking the part of a true special edition – or in some cases, one-off models – but also giving us the kind of feels that special edition models are supposed to do. So ahead of the current-generation Rolls-Royce Phantom Drophead Coupe’s eventual ride into the sunset later this year, we’re paying homage to the hulking two-door luxury convertible by making a list of some of the most memorable special edition versions of this model. From there, tell us what you think of our choices or if we left a specific model out that you think should’ve made the list.
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2016 Rolls-Royce Wraith Regatta by Eddie Sotto
The past few days have given us a treasure trove of special edition Rolls-Royce models, ranging from the Ghost by Vitesse AuDessus and Bengala Automotive Design to the pair of Porto Cervo exclusives for the Dawn and Wraith models by Rolls’ very own Bespoke customer personalization program. Now we give you yet another exclusive, special edition Rolls-Royce courtesy of American experiential designer Eddie Sotto, who once was the Senior Vice President of Concept Design for Walt Disney Imagineering.
Given his experience and pedigree in design and craftsmanship, Sotto sought to find inspiration to create a special edition Wraith that literally lived by its “special edition” label. He found what he needed in the designs of classic wooden motor yachts so he set about giving the Wraith the full yacht treatment. The coupe’s exterior and interior were treated to an imaginative combination of actual mahogany and a variety of wood-paint combos to create a highly personalized bespoke custom job that speaks to the elegance and luxury characteristics that Rolls-Royce is famous for.
The custom work doesn’t come without its gulp-inducing moments. The whole thing costs more than $1 million, donor car included. Do the math and that adds up to around $350,000 for the actual Wraith and over $650,000 for the full-scale Regatta custom treatment. It’s definitely a king’s ransom, but one that comes with the exclusivity of being one of only a few Rolls-Royce Wraiths to have actual mahogany on the roof.
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2016 Rolls-Royce Ghost with Carbon Fiber by Vitesse AuDessus And Bengala
Vitesse AuDessus, a Maryland-based producer of premium aftermarket body components, has teamed up with Europe’s Bengala Automotive Design to create customized aesthetic packages for the existing Roller lineup, including the Phantom (sedan, convertible, and coupe body styles), Wraith, Dawn, and our personal favorite, the full-size Ghost luxury sedan. But we’ve seen countless customization programs for Rolls-Royce vehicles over the years, so what makes this one so special? To put it bluntly – oodles and oodles of carbon fiber.
Of course, these are Rolls-Royces we’re talking about, and as you might expect, not just any carbon fiber will do. Rather, these composite-laden Rollers get a material described as “a compressed carbon matrix,” which, according to the attached press release, is a material that’s a lot like the forged carbon fiber that Callaway Cars and Lamborghini use to create more speed. However, this time around, it’s getting used for looks, not velocity.
“As a designer I was inspired by the mosaic-like motifs and felt that the aesthetic could be elevated,” said Shoghi Saeidnia, Bengala’s owner and design chief, in regard to the carbon material. “I visualized a material with the look of honed granite that would communicate the antithesis of the current perception: opulent luxury as opposed to ascetic utilitarianism.”
So then – did Mr. Saeidnia succeed in his mission? Read on to find out.
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2016 Rolls-Royce Wraith with Carbon Fiber by Bengala and Vitesse AuDessus
Rolls-Royce vehicles are already about as unique as you can get, and yet there are countless programs from various companies to make them stand out from the crowd even more. The most recent program is being offered through a partnership between Euro design house Bengala Automotive and U.S.-based Vitesse AuDessus. The program involves an excessively healthy dose of carbon fiber to go with a new set of optional carbon fiber wheels, all of which is available on all current Rolls-Royce models, including the Rolls-Royce Wraith, Rolls-Royce Dawn, Phantom Coupe and Drophead Coupe, and the Ghost.
The Design Chief and owner of Bengala Automotive – Shoghi Saeidnia – spoke about the new package in a recent press release, saying, “Forged carbon fiber is an extraordinary development for the automotive industry. To the casual observer, the material serves a purely utilitarian purpose. As a designer, I was inspired by the mosaic-like motifs and felt that the aesthetic could be elevated. I visualized a material with the look of honed granite that would communicate the antithesis of the current perception: opulent luxury as opposed to ascetic utilitarianism. The product that Vitesse AuDessus was able to develop exceeded my highest expectations; and, when thinking of the appropriate application for the material’s debut as a luxury finish, no pairing was better suited than the handmade rolling masterpieces by Rolls-Royce.”
So, with that said, I’m here to talk a little bit about the Carbon Fiber package available for the Rolls-Royce Wraith and what it brings to the table. So, with that said, let’s dive on in and take a good look at this truly unique and elegant package.
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2016 Rolls-Royce Bespoke Porto Cervo Dawn
As you’re probably well aware, Rolls-Royce has made a habit of unveiling extravagantly customized variants of it’s already extravagant model lineup under the Bespoke customer personalization program. The latest high-profile creation is a pair of unique motor cars inspired by “the atmosphere and vibrancy of one of the world’s most exclusive and glamorous enclaves; Porto Cervo.” Part of the pair is this emerald green Dawn, a drophead coupe outfitted with a nautical-themed interior, mother of pearl, precious jewels, and white gold.
But this thing didn’t just appear out of thin air. As any artistic person will tell you, proper inspiration is needed to create anything of worth, and to that end, Rolls launched its Summer Studio in Porto Cervo, Italy, last month. The studio hopes to combine “the worlds of fashion, art and design” into a single luxurious social hub for well-to-do clientele, creating the right setting for dreaming up new applications of the Bespoke program.
Renowned British tattoo artist, Mo Coppoletta, was in attendance, and was inspired to create a pair of leather headrests that will be shown along with the two Rollers.
However, the stars of the show are the two cars. Complementing the Dawn is a custom Wraith, completing the pair’s theme, from “Dusk until Dawn.”
So then – what do you get when you combine a $335,000 convertible with unlimited artistic freedom and a hotspot of the fabulously wealthy? Read on for the details.
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