It was the aforementioned order that got the rest of the world up and taking notice. And it just upped the ante once more — announcing that its fleet of 30 will include two bespoke gold-infused cars.
Now, Rolls-Royce has long been known for its bespoke offering. But this has also pushed the automaker’s boundaries, proving just how bespoke its cars can go.
Touted as the “most expensive Rolls-Royce Phantoms ever built”, the two cars will be the finest in the fleet for select guests. The exterior is finished with the finest particles of 23.75k gold, a weight chosen for even disbursement, resulting in an extremely meticulously engineered pain. To ensure that there is no contamination in the painting process, new and specialist equipment were installed at the Surface Finish Centre at the Rolls-Royce Global Centre of Excellence in Goodwood. Boasting 250 percent more paint than other Phantoms, the bespoke cars comes with 10 layers, including a 40-micron deep layer of gold combined with glass and aluminium.
Nick Geehan, material scientist at Rolls-Royce, said. “We accept nothing but perfection – the finish took eight attempts to mix the perfect colour; an apt number when considering the significance of lucky number eight in Macau, the home for these precious Phantoms.”
Its world-recognisable Spirit of Ecstasy, too, comes in 24k gold as it sits on top of a gold-coloured Pantheon Grille and the hallmarked badge of the automaker, which has also been made using 18k gold and plated in 24k gold. And to spruce things up further, the signature RR emblem is surrounded by 336 pavé-set brilliant-cut diamonds. The car will also be hand-painted with a golden twin coachline.
On the inside, the marque’s umbrellas in the coach doors will come with a gold handle and golden trim to match the colour themes of the hotel, while its tread plates, in gold no less, will be engraved with the worlds “Phantom Specially Commissioned by Stephen Hung”.