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With a plethora of opulent concept cars being unveiled at Geneva 2018, Rolls-Royce appears determined not to be outdone as the world’s number one luxury car maker, showcasing three individually commissioned Phantoms.
The Gentleman’s Tourer Phantom
Inspired by the four-door Phantom II Continental Saloons of the 1930s, the Gentleman’s Tourer comes finished in one-off Iced Gunmetal exterior paint (developed to reflect the customer’s interest in high performance aircraft) with a satin silver bonnet. The 22-inch alloy wheels also get the Iced Gunmetal paint treatment.
Step into the interior, and the Gentleman’s Tourer is trimmed in black, Selby Grey and anthracite leather, with an embossed Spirit of Ecstasy in each door panel. Finally, the Cascade Steel Gallery comes finished in Ruthenium, a rare metal from the platinum group, of which only 20 tonnes is mined annually.
Whispered Muse Phantom Extended Wheelbase
The centrepiece of Whispered Muse is an interior created in part by designer Helen Amy Murray. Incorporating silk planes, it is intended to reinterpret Charles Sykes’ original drawings of the Spirit of Ecstasy.
Other materials used in this model’s interior include a Piano Seashell veneer (hand polished for 12 hours) and Rose Gold bespoke audio speakers.
On the outside the two-tone Selby Grey and Palais Nemaskar Dawn paint features a newly-developed crystal effect, while the Spirit of Ecstasy is made out of Rose Gold.
A Moment in Time Phantom Extended Wheelbase
The final one-off model uses a Blue Crystal and Milori Sapphire exterior paint to complement its navy and Selby Grey interior, with hand-stitched Charles Sykes Spirit of Ecstasy embroidery.
Indeed, that exterior paint is six layers deep, with the last being a clear-coat infusion with blue glass in order to create the blue crystal effect.
Rolls-Royce Dawn Aero Cowling
Elsewhere on the Rolls-Royce stand, the Goodwood-based manufacturer is debuting a tweaked version of its Dawn convertible.
Featuring a tonneau cover made of carbonfibre and aluminium over the two rear seats, the Dawn Aero Cowling is transformed into a two-seat roadster with lockable leather-lined storage compartments taking the place of the final two seats.
There’s more carbon used as detailing throughout this car, an unusual choice of material for a Rolls-Royce.
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