It took less than 30 minutes for the latest Rolls-Royce model to find an owner, despite a $2 million price tag.
Then again, the open-air Phantom was revealed at Pebble Beach in California, the scene of America’s most cashed-up annual car show. The Concours d’Elegance judging at Pebble, on the 18th fairway of one of the country’s most-famous golf courses, usually draws a collection of restored classics with a combined price tag that stretches beyond $250 million.
The special Phantom was created to celebrate the 60th anniversary of the Pebble Beach classic and was re-worked from a Phantom Drophead Coupe, a convertible with a starting price of $1.35 million in Australia.
The bespoke department at Rolls-Royce in England went all the way on the car, starting with a special one-off Bespoke exterior colour called Stillwater Blue as a tribute to Stillwater Cove on the Monterey Peninsula. The car’s navy blue soft-top is lined with cashmere and upholstered in a cream-coloured leather interior. Interior wood fittings combine cross-banded Santos Pallisander veneer with a silver pinstripe inlay.
The car has special teak decking for the roof tonneau and luggage compartment, which is loaded with a fitted champagne set to take advantage of the refrigerated cabinet beneath the floor in the boot. The final Bespoke touches are an enameled plaque on the dash with special Concours logs on the tread plates and embroidered on the seats.