Cashmere-lined Rolls is par for the course
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 total prices beyond $250 million.
The special Phantom was created to celebrate the 60th anniversary of the Pebble Beach classic and was reworked 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 started with a one-off exterior colour called Stillwater Blue as a tribute to Stillwater Cove on the Monterey Peninsula.
The navy blue softtop is lined with cashmere and upholstered in a cream-coloured leather interior. Interior wood fittings combine crossbanded santos palisander veneer with a silver pinstripe inlay.
The car has teak decking for the roof tonneau and luggage compartment, which contains a champagne set in a refrigerated cabin in the boot. The final touches are an enamelled plaque on the dash, concours logos on the tread plates and embroidered seats.
Champagne style: the Roller with the lot that was snapped up at Pebble Beach.