A couple of months ago, Rolls-Royce Motor Cars announced that it will put an end to the production of the current- seventh generation of Phantom. The production of the seventh generation of Phantom started in Goodwood, over thirteen years ago on January 1, 2003. The Phantom lineup expanded with glamorous additions that joined in regularly. The Extended Wheelbase Phantom was followed by the luxurious open-top Phantom Drophead Coupé in 2007 and the Phantom Coupé, Grand Tourer came in by 2008.
Finally, the lifespan of the 7th Gen Phantom is reaching closing stages with the last Phantom Coupés and Drophead Coupés rolling out of Goodwin. These examples will not be replaced by the maker. To commemorate the exit of the two, the maker has crafted a bespoke collection – the Phantom Zenith Collection. The collection will represent some of the very last Phantom Drophead Coupé and Phantom Coupé motor cars ever to be built and serve as true collectors’ pieces. It will comprise of 50 examples that have already been commissioned by connoisseur customers who will add them to some of the world’s most significant luxury collections, safe in the knowledge that their numbers will never grow and their value will never be eroded by proliferation. Well, this is not the end. The eighth generation Phantom limousine, based on an all-new aluminium architecture, is on the way that will underpin all future Rolls-Royce motor cars.
To create one of the most astounding collection, the design team dedicated themselves to understand the Phantom Drophead Coupé and Phantom Coupé and every possible detail was considered. Phantom Zenith Collection customers were invited to complete their collection in the finest style with the addition of a special bespoke version of the Rolls-Royce Picnic Hamper, created to add a touch of glamour to a day’s touring. The hamper will be personalised further to match the materials and colour palette of the customer.
On opening the coach doors, owners are greeted with a laser etching to the armrest cappings that convey the locations of the global debut of the experimental version of each car (Villa D’Este on the shores of Lake Como for 100EX – Phantom Drophead Coupé’s forebear and Lake Geneva for the 101EX, the car that would become Phantom Coupé). The split tailgate has been enhanced with a glass shelf, housed within the rear section and can be deployed to serve some premium indulgences. A fairly large champagne fridge that can hold two standard bottles and eight Rolls-Royce glasses occupies a large portion of the boot. For those who wish to sit on the rear tailgate, the padded leathers are said to provide utmost comfort.
The split tailgate has been enhanced with a glass shelf, housed within the rear section and can be deployed to serve some premium indulgences. A fairly large champagne fridge that can hold two standard bottles and eight Rolls-Royce glasses occupies a large portion of the boot. For those who wish to sit on the rear tailgate, the padded leathers are said to provide utmost comfort.
The central fascia drawer has been used to house a memento signifying each car’s status as one of the very last. On opening, owners discover a removable polished aluminum case, laser engraved with their vehicle’s identification number, surrounded with an English Blacking technique. Inside of it is a single piece of the Phantom Assembly Line at the Home of Rolls-Royce in Goodwood, England. This collectors’ piece is completed with the expression of co-ordinates, stating the exact part of the Assembly Line from where the metal was extracted.
The interior design colour scheme uses highlight of leather for the front seats and the rear compartment gets a darker theme. The Starlight Headliner features a cluster of stars, individually hand-woven to the front and fades towards the rear. The instrument dials get Blood-Orange tips and the speedometer is presented in brushed steel. The cupholders are crafted from aluminium.
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