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Rolls-Royce Phantom: The Pricey Spirit

Rolls-Royce’s new Phantom is born with the right spirit. But for those who intend to seize its spirit, they have to pay first the pricey price. And how pricey is pricey? A Phantom Drophead Coupe was earlier sold for $2 million at a charity auction in Florida. Now, it holds the record of the most expensive new car ever sold in the United States.

In the seven-year history of the Naples Winter Wine Festival, the $2 million bid was the highest price paid. The famous auction was attended by equally famous celebrities like television and film stars. It was also graced by top vintners and chefs. The top bidder though has to wait for the delivery of the landmark vehicle. The production of the soft-top worth £300,000 will be starting this summer at the company’s factory in Goodwood, West Sussex. The said factory will use only two robots to do the painting of the car’s spaceframe body. The rest of the work is done by hand. This is in accordance with the Rolls Royce tradition.

The 2008 Rolls-Royce Phantom Drophead Coupe debuted at the North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) last month. The ultra-luxury saloon was the first Rolls-Royce branded car made under the ownership of BMW. It is equipped with 6.75 L, 48-valve, V12 engine based from BMW’s V12. The engine is capable of producing 453 horsepower and 531 ftolbf of torque.

After the car was unveiled, it got a mixed reception. Purists did not take the modifications positively. However, modern owners interpreted the alterations in an optimistic light.

The excitement found in the new Rolls Royce Phantom may not be credited to EBC Active Brakes Direct; it has to be contributed by a collection of remarkable auto parts that include the double wishbone suspension and six-speed automatic transmission. The Rolls Royce Phantom also features side markers, aluminium spaceframe body, wood and leather work and it also retains some of the customary Rolls-Royce design cues. Read the rest of this entry »

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Driving a Rolls Royce Phantom

You may have heard of that infamous saying, “He who dies with the most toys wins,” well, my toy list just expanded after driving the Rolls Royce Phantom.

I am making room for a very special toy, a toy that celebrated 2 special events recently, the 100 Year Anniversary of Rolls-Royce and the 1,000th custom built Rolls-Royce Phantom made in Goodwood, England. I had the distinct pleasure to get behind the wheel of a Rolls-Royce Phantom that carries a lineage of the Rolls-Royce “Silver Ghost”, which founder Frederick Henry Royce called “the best car he ever made” and became know as “the best car in the world.” With breeding like this, and 80 years of craftsmanship, the expectations were high.

Two experts on the Phantom, Bob Austin and Terrence Easton of Rolls-Royce Motor Cars NA, LLC, walked me through the many features of this magnificent automobile. The Rolls-Royce Phantom was on display by Miller Motor Cars of Greenwich, along with many other exquisite products at the Robb Report magazine’s “Luxury on Greenwich Harbor” in Greenwich, Connecticut, United States.

The technology in this car is found under the hood and not splattered across the dashboard. The instrumentation is simple and no nonsense. You are not encumbered with dials, and fancy read-outs; though you are surrounded by craftsmanship that is second to none. The interior is one area that the owner can put his or her signature on by selecting from a broad array of colors, materials, such as cashmere and leather, wood and wood inlays, and on and on; in truth, however, the options list is virtually as long as an owner’s imagination. Read the rest of this entry »

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