Rolls-Royce ‘art deco’ models (2012) first official picture

Published: 01 October 2012

A Rolls-Royce Phantom is already a special machine, but for the Paris show Rolls-Royce has outfitted its display cars in Art Deco-inspired livery and trim. The Phantoms and similarly tweaked Ghost sister get special paint finished and interior trim, and will inspire a production run of Art Deco style cars made available to Rolls-Royce’s most faithful clients

What’s different on the Art Deco Rolls Royces?

On the Phantom, the black exterior is twined with a black and white-trimmed cabin, complete with hand-finished steel inlays in the picnic tables and phone compartment. The geometric pattern pays homage to a similar design applied to Rolls Royces as far back as the 1920s, when the marque exhibited in Olympia and Paris.

Meanwhile, the smaller Ghost is treated to a two-tone blue and silver exterior finish, and a lighter hue in the cabin. Complete in the Art Deco lineup in a Drophead convertible Phantom. Leather piping on all models is coloured in hues popular during the Art Deco period, says Rolls Royce.

So these art-deco themed Rollers are going into production?

Yes, the cars will be offered in a wider range of colours and options, rather than the fixed specs of the show cars. There’s likely to be a premium over more ‘normal’ Rolls-Royces, but as ever, if you have to ask the price, it’s probably better to just go and see it on the Paris show stand this weekend instead.

By Ollie Kew

Former road tester and staff writer of this parish