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2018 Rolls-Royce Phantom EWB – Bespoke Couture

Posted in Extreme Luxury, Grande Marque, Rolls-Royce with tags , , , , , , , , , , on March 11, 2018 by 99MilesPerHour

“Nil Fato Relinquemus…”

A Rolls-Royce Phantom EWB is the closest thing to nirvana one will ever experience in motorcar form. It’s writing its own legacy one magnificent model at a time. For 2018, Rolls-Royce engineers used a clean sheet approach endowing Phantom with extraordinary new levels of comfort and sophistication resulting in the most technologically advanced motorcar in the history of the brand.

Phantom EWB remains true to its eloquent heritage offering deep-seated luxury, spaciousness, and performance of the highest order. It has maintained an enviable reputation of being the finest handcrafted saloon in a very elite market niche. The 2018 Rolls-Royce Phantom EWB continues the formidable tradition as the pride of the UK…and the envy of the entire world –  

A Rolls-Royce Phantom ferries its passengers along completely oblivious to the world outside the vehicle. Phantom EWB escalates this elite sophistication to a new level of exclusivity… 

The ultimate improved upon…

Phantom’s silhouette has been completely redefined…what didn’t change is the fact it retains the unmistakable hallmarks of the marque with its new poised dignity, sheer opulence, and impeccable handcrafting. The Phantom EWB shares identical coachwork with Phantom SWB. The added length is discretely incorporated into the rear portion of the bodyshell. Elegant forward-opening rear coach doors augment Phantom EWB’s eminence. Modular componentry of “The Architecture of Luxury” is modified refining the SWB into the EWB luxury saloon.

All future Rolls-Royce models will be underpinned with the new all-aluminium spaceframe architecture. New model Research & Development will benefit enhanced functionality from blueprint to production efficiency with greatly reduced timeframes. When the new generation Phantom MK VII was released in 2003, the EWB version didn’t come about until the 2005 model year. The Architecture of Luxury allowed Rolls-Royce engineers to release both Phantom MK VIII SWB and EWB together. Phantom is the perfect synthesis of Rolls-Royce virtues and 21st Century engineering prowess. 

Rolls-Royce Phantom VIII special edition “A moment in time”

Advanced technology unobtrusively makes its contribution. The next generation of the Rolls-Royce motorcar is built upon all-new “Electronic Architecture” the largest and most complex electronic platform ever made by the BMW Group. The entire car networks together optimizing the Rolls-Royce experience.

Electronic engine controls coordinate functions under the bonnet while a GPS aided 8-speed electronic ZF gearbox scans digital maps preparing the car for the road ahead. Phantom’s electronic ‘thinking’ suspension levels itself automatically maintaining its poise under all driving conditions. Phantom EWB ‘floats’ on a cushion of air further enhancing the famous “Magic Carpet Ride.” If you’ve ever driven a Rolls-Royce motorcar, you’ll agree…it’s truly a performance of considerable virtuosity –  

Legendary luxury and eloquence…

1959 Rolls-Royce Phantom V with Park Ward coachwork

Historically, Rolls-Royce Phantom models represent limousines of distinction. Each one has been handcrafted into bespoke resplendence. Once upon a time these eminent saloons exited the assembly hall at the famous Crewe facility in the UK. These luxury icons established pride in perfection with a poised dignity which became the hallmark of every Rolls-Royce motorcar.

The world’s leading luxury item is now in theatre in the UK at the high-tech Goodwood facility continuing the formidable Rolls-Royce legacy. Times have changed but one Rolls-Royce mission statement has not: “The quality will remain long after the price has been forgotten…”  

Rolls-Royce Phantom MK VII

Contemporary limousines are designed with shorter, lower exterior dimensions and more sophisticated upscale cabins. These radical new designs have spacious interiors to repose in luxurious comfort. Phantom EWB redefines luxury travel with “The Suite” a highly bespoke approach in personal commissioning.

Long wheelbase saloons by Rolls-Royce typically focus on the rear passenger compartment. Phantom EWB may be equipped as a rolling boardroom for executives that work as they travel. It may also be configured with premium entertainment and communication systems enhancing the car’s interconnectivity with the world-wide web making each journey as rewarding as its destination. 

Rolls-Royce Phantom VIII EWB special edition”Whispered Muse”

“The Gallery” expresses the patron’s individuality…

The Phantom EWB is the ultimate flagship saloon. Upon initial contact, one’s sense of touch is delighted by the feel of the hand-polished stainless-steel exterior door handles. This car has an elegance no other motorcar can match. Once inside the car, the assistant or valet steps toward the door…a light touch of the sensor in the door handle quietly whisks the door closed.

All four doors may be effortlessly closed at the touch of a button from the inside the cabin by each occupant. “The Embrace” virtually surrounds passengers in the epitome of luxury. A vast array of handcrafted wood veneers, hand-cut/hand-stitched natural grain leather, and deep pile carpet are made available to the client through comprehensive personal commissioning. Clients may log in via internet portal to observe their car’s stage of build. 

Beneath Phantom EWB’s handcrafted aluminium coachwork is an athletic grand touring limousine. The ceremonious entrance of this new generation Rolls-Royce motorcar includes a freshly minted 6.8 litre twin-turbocharged V12 engine. This elegant saloon produces an impressive 563 hp packing a prolific punch with 900 Nm of peak torque.

Luxury not only assumes an entirely new identity but a spirited new attitude as well. Both engine and transmission retain their anonymity during Phantom EWB’s effortless motoring virtues. Why waste this exhilarating limousine on a chauffeur? 

Rolls-Royce is synonymous with bespoke…

Every Rolls-Royce motorcar is handcrafted per owner requisites. You will never see two alike. Limited editions, exclusive one-off creations, and a “sky’s the limit” approach to personal commissioning make Rolls-Royce motorcars uniquely distinctive. There’s one thing all Rolls-Royce patrons share collectively, they appreciate the degree of craft that goes into the build of “The Best Car in the World.” The latest edition is another superlative in the elite continuing saga of The Spirit of Ecstasy – 

The result of Rolls-Royce endeavors once again yields a motorcar of absolutes sharing neither engine, transmission, suspension, brakes, nor coach crafting with its predecessors. A new Rolls-Royce motorcar redefines the attributes that have made the marque famous escalating them to new heights in exclusivity and supremacy. The 2018 Rolls-Royce Phantom continues the eminent heritage. In the making of a Rolls-Royce motorcar, every detail must have its function and the beauty of form must derive from its fitness for purpose.  

Photos/specifications courtesy Rolls-Royce Press Club

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The Crewe Collection: Rolls-Royce Corniche V

Posted in Rolls-Royce, Rolls-Royce Historical, The Crewe Collection: Rolls-Royce with tags , , , , , , , , , on May 24, 2016 by 99MilesPerHour

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The Rolls-Royce Corniche “breaks the fourth wall” mesmerizing the audience with an eloquence few luxury cars share…           Greg Morgan, NotoriousLuxury – 

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True…money cannot buy happiness…but it can buy an ultra-luxurious convertible like this to cruise right up and park beside it! The finale to the Rolls-Royce legend at Crewe is epitomized by the magnificent Corniche coachbuilt drophead coupé. No other open grand touring motorcar in the world shares the panache…and all the savoir-faire as the Rolls-Royce Corniche. There is no more impressive manner in which to arrive. It augments the poised dignity which is the hallmark of every Rolls-Royce motorcar.  Its power and prestige are exceeded only by its beauty.

The Corniche is the single most immediately identifiable Rolls-Royce in the history of the brand. It is also the last Rolls-Royce to motor out of the historic Crewe facility in the UK…it’s a true masterpiece from the master craftsmen. The Rolls-Royce Corniche established new standards of refinement…elegance…and sophistication, raising the bar of success to a higher level where few motorcars can compete. As a status symbol, there can be no more impressive introduction to your lifestyle. The Corniche is one of the most successful and longest running production series in Rolls-Royce history.

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The elite sophistication of the Corniche makes it the most avant-garde series of all Rolls-Royce motorcars. Mulliner Park Ward Silver Shadow fixedhead and drophead two-door coupé models were renamed “Corniche” in 1971. It’s dramatic…it’s distinctive…it’s the definitive luxury coupé built in the European grand touring tradition. The Corniche is luxurious beyond description. This is one of the most significant models in Rolls-Royce history. The company was on the brink of financial disaster. The Corniche came to the rescue.

It was so popular, each subsequent model year had a waiting list. As soon as they were out of theatre the buyer could sell it for far more than they paid for it. Production for the fixedhead coupé ran until 1984 while the drophead coupé continued until 1995. The Corniche drophead coupé was revamped in 2000 as Series V and was the last Rolls-Royce to motor out of Crewe on August 30, 2002 precluding the illustrious heritage of this esteemed motorcar. The last Rolls-Royce Corniche was retained by Crewe for historic purposes. The Rolls-Royce Corniche is still the car of the rich and famous…its glamour never tarnished. It will always retain its exclusivity as the undisputed quintessential status symbol.  

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The Corniche is the celebrity among Rolls-Royce motorcars. There is a mystique with a two-door Rolls-Royce because they are completely hand-built at an extremely restricted pace. The expertise of Mulliner Park Ward was exemplified with the Corniche series I-IV. Mulliner Park Ward closed its doors at their Hythe Road location at Willesden, London UK in 1991. Production was relocated in-house to the Crewe facility.  It took anywhere from six to eight months to hand-build these ultra-exclusive motorcars. Mulliner remained at Crewe as the personal commissioning department for the new Bentley brand. They are no longer a bespoke coachbuilder. Mulliner is an exclusive trim level for Bentley motorcars.

The Rolls-Royce Corniche is completely bespoke in every aspect reflecting its owner’s requirements. It became an instant collectible the moment it left the assembly hall. No matter what year…either fixedhead or drophead coupé…the exotic Rolls-Royce Corniche will always be the absolute pinnacle of luxury and elegance. The Corniche is the essence of Rolls-Royce. “The quality will remain long after the price has been forgotten” is the famous marketing slogan and is never more apparent than with the formidable Rolls-Royce Corniche – 

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1986 Rolls-Royce Corniche II drophead coupé

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A two-door saloon or convertible coupé is a very special Rolls-Royce creation. When the brand comes to mind it’s usually as a four-door saloon. The two-door Rolls-Royce is coachbuilt in the classic tradition. It isn’t merely a sedan minus two-doors. The Corniche is designed as a two-door coupé; its architecture is unique and shaped entirely by hand. A two-door Rolls-Royce is the ultimate in exclusivity and supremacy in a motorcar. Each Rolls-Royce Corniche is a true masterwork…each is a one-of-a-kind treasure of automotive art.

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1974 Rolls-Royce Corniche fixedhead coupé

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A Corniche is a unique fusion of coachbuilt elegance and an individual hallmark of Rolls-Royce quality with the emphasis on superb distinction. The artisans at Crewe are renowned for extraordinary handcrafting. This is evident in the fit and finish. For example…every body seam is invisible, panels are lined up meticulously…every shut line is as perfect as possible.

No shortcuts are taken – in the production of a Rolls-Royce motorcar, there is no room for compromise. Craftsmanship is the operative word that best sums up the ultimate embellishment of British coachcrafting. This is why every Rolls-Royce is a virtual masterpiece which grows in loveliness and value – 

Corniche IV

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The Corniche V has a secret…it is the only Rolls-Royce built on a Bentley platform. It was usually the other way around…“Big Ben” was always built on a Rolls-Royce foundation. Corniche Series I-IV are based upon the highly successful Rolls-Royce Silver Shadow. The Corniche V inherits its look from the glamorous Rolls-Royce Silver Seraph, but shares very little with it mechanically.

The Bentley Azure provides the basic structure. The body design was ideal to accept the extra torque from the turbocharged V8 engine. The Corniche V, as with all open tourers, is built with a lower center of gravity which is very important to a topless automobile. Integral rigidity is paramount for safety. 

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Rolls-Royce Corniche V drophead coupé

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“Big Ben” is also utterly luxurious

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The front engine rear-wheel drive Corniche V delivers spirited performance. This elegant machine is powered by the legendary Rolls-Royce 6.75 litre 16-valve 412 CID turbocharged alloy pushrod V8. The engine is mated to a GM 4-speed automatic transmission with electric gear selection. Its silky-smooth operation has completely imperceptible gear changes. It is equipped with a digital engine management system with electronic port fuel injection. Tap the accelerator pedal to discover, this is more than just a pretty car.

The engine cranks out 325 hp @ 4,000 rpm packing a prolific punch with an astounding 738 Nm of peak torque @ 2,300 rpm. Longitudinal acceleration is rated as 0-60 mph in just 8 seconds, 0-100 mph in 22 seconds with a top speed in the 133-135 mph range. These figures are exceptional considering how heavy the Corniche V is…after all, it is built for luxury not drag racing. How could you show off your classy Corniche convertible at speeds exceeding 200 mph anyway? I’ll put it this way…it would take a dangerously high dose of Xanax not to enjoy the exhilarating open air performance of the Corniche V. It is the ultimate European open grand tourer.

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The Corniche V is exquisitely handcrafted in the grand Roll Royce tradition. The sumptuously upholstered cabin is the stuff dreams are made of. A Rolls-Royce interior could be compared to a mobile version of a guest suite at the Ritz-Carlton…the Corniche V is no exception. The leather is hand-cut, hand-stitched, and hand-fitted by Connolly Brothers. The Corniche V is one of the last automobiles to benefit the TLC by this eminent leather crafter.  Connolly Brothers were in business from 1878 until the company ceased operations in 2002.

The lounge-style seats are fluted and contoured to cradle the body comfortably. Luxurious handcrafted burr walnut veneers and plush Wilton 100% wool carpets adds an air of exclusivity. Classic luxury touches include organ-stop ventilation controls, chrome plated accents, and analog instrumentation. Everything in the Corniche V is power assisted…all one has to do is steer and operate the pedals.

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The power, fully automatic folding fabric roof stows inward in its own locker to create a trim appearance. The roof in the raised position resembles a hardtop coupé inside. A wool headliner conceals all hardware and insulation. The top opens and closes swiftly at the touch of a button with no intervention required.

The fifth generation Corniche had a hefty base price starting at $359,000 USD. Only 374 were built during its tenure from 2000 until 2002. This luxurious land yacht has a base weight of 6,836 pounds. It has the luxury length of 212.8″, is 80.7″ wide and rides upon a long 120.5″ wheelbase.

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If you have ever driven a Rolls-Royce, or just as a passenger…you immediately notice that this is no ordinary automobile. It’s unlike any motorcar you have ever experienced. The Spirit of Ecstasy out in front of you completes the sensation of soaring…gliding effortlessly. Boulevard travel intrusion is negligible. The Corniche V negotiates the pavement with a uniquely regal authority. The road management system includes a four-wheel independent suspension with adaptive ride control.

The “thinking” suspension automatically calibrates itself intuitively. Its electronic self-leveling system is augmented by electronic stability and damping controls. Four-wheel power assisted anti-lock disc brakes are ventilated for rapid heat dissipation to provide safe, fade-free operation. The dual hydraulic master cylinder is designed for independent front and rear braking systems. Should one system fail, each wheel will still be halted individually. This sophisticated network comes together to refine the exclusive Rolls-Royce magic carpet ride.

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The Rolls-Royce Corniche is the most prized motorcar of the 20th and 21st century. It’s an enviable combination of sporting characteristics, notorious luxury, and extraordinary comfort. It remains in the spotlight as the ultimate grand touring automobile. The Corniche is the celebrity among Rolls-Royce motorcars. It augments the lifestyles of the rich and the famous. The Corniche began its tenure in 1971 as a coachbuilt motorcar by Mulliner Park Ward available as a two-door fixedhead coupé and a two-door drophead coupé. Its evolution spanned five distinctive series.

The Corniche V is the last Rolls-Royce to motor out of the legendary Crewe facility on August 30, 2002. Corniche Series I-IV are based upon the Rolls-Royce Silver Shadow. The Corniche Series V inherits its look from the Rolls-Royce  Silver Seraph. Corniche Series V is the only Rolls-Royce model built upon a Bentley platform powered by a turbocharged V8 engine. All two-door Rolls-Royce coupé models are handcrafted and built at a highly restricted pace. The elite Corniche models take their place in automotive history as one of the longest and most successful production runs in the history of the brand. The Crewe built Rolls-Royce remains the pride of the UK…and the sheer envy of the entire world –

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Special Thanks to Daniel Schmitt Classic Cars: http://www.schmitt.com, Rodd Sala at Park Ward Motors Museum: http://www.parkwardmotorsmuseum.com, and Balmoral UK: http://www.balmoraluk.com, These are three of the most eminent caretakers of the brand in the industry. For all of your special interest automobile needs whether it be sales or service, or even restoration, I highly recommend them. Tell ’em Greg sent you!

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The pride of the UK…and the envy of the entire world

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The Crewe Collection: Rolls-Royce Park Ward Superlatives

Posted in Rolls Royce: The Crewe Collection, Rolls-Royce with tags , , , , , , , , , on April 23, 2016 by 99MilesPerHour

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“We know what we are, but know not what we may be”                    William Shakespeare –  

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1938 Rolls-Royce Phantom III Sedanca deVille by Park Ward

Park Ward is among the world’s most eminent coachbuilders. They were established in 1919 and were located in Willesden of North London. William MacDonald Park and Charles Ward built automobile bodies for a variety of manufacturers. Park Ward partnered with W.O. Bentley during the 1920s. They also did work custom-crafting bodies for Rolls Royce. Eventually, the company focused exclusively on Bentley and Rolls Royce motorcars.

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Park Ward introduced technological advancements to the industry. Their “Silentbloc” rubber bushings absorbed engine noise and vibration as well as road shock. This was especially attractive to luxury brands with their quest for refinement. Park Ward developed patented all-steel body technology that became superlative to the industry.

Rolls-Royce purchased interest in Park Ward after taking over Bentley in 1931. By 1933, Rolls-Royce obtained patents for a special Park Ward all-steel body for their standard saloons. By 1939 Rolls-Royce had acquired the coachbuilding firm in its entirety. In addition to the standard steel saloons, Park Ward created special bespoke coachbuilt bodies.

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In 1961 Park Ward was merged with another Rolls-Royce acquisition, HJ Mulliner & Company to become Mulliner Park Ward. This formidable partnership created some of the world’s most beautiful and luxurious bespoke coachcrafting in the entire industry. Most of these automotive masterpieces now reside in personal collections and museums throughout the world.

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Park Ward is synonymous with quality. Each is a masterwork of distinction. The coachbuilder’s reputation in on the line with every vehicle that is created. Not only right after it is out of theatre…but every subsequent year it exists.  And of course, fit & finish is paramount. This principle wasn’t forsaken with Park Ward.

Every custom-crafted vehicle was built as if it were their very own. These artisans would never mitigate their craft nor would they compromise their mission to meet production schedules or sales quotas. Most important…to be associated with Rolls-Royce, you must be beyond reproach – you have to be the very best. This is Park Ward…

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1955 Bentley Continental fixedhead coupé by Park Ward

Park Ward had an extensive portfolio of custom-bodied designs for Bentley and Rolls-Royce. Two-door fixedhead and drophead coupé models are always coachbuilt with the brand. Rolls-Royce motorcars are built primarily as a four-door saloon.

Extra work is involved in such a transformation such as lowering the vehicle’s center of gravity and overall structural reinforcement. Then…there are the aesthetics. Only an experienced coachbuilder can work such a feat of magic successfully. Park Ward’s coachbuilding expertise was infinite. Whatever the client wanted in an ultra-luxury motorcar…Park Ward could provide.

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1955 Bentley Continental fixedhead UK version cabin

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1955 Bentley Continental drophead coupé by Park Ward

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1955 Rolls-Royce Silver Wraith drophead coupé by Park Ward

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The notorious Rolls-Royce Phantom formal limousines were available in Phantom V and Phantom VI series as the last of the coachbuilt breed. Mulliner Park Ward, James Young, and Park Ward versions will always remain the epitome of luxury and elegance, coachbuilt in the grand Rolls-Royce tradition. These formal limousines are not a mere stretch or a double-cut; they are designed and crafted as limousines of distinction.

Many of these limousines are still in service…any properly maintained Rolls-Royce motorcar will outlast its owner. Her Royal Majesty Queen Elizabeth has a special fleet augmented by these revered motorcars. A Rolls-Royce limousine enhances any special occasion…the respect and admiration afforded this supreme achievement in motoring is astounding. No other formal saloon in the world is held in such esteem as the Rolls-Royce Phantom V and Phantom VI series.

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Distinctive forward opening rear coach doors are a hallmark of Park Ward for the Phantom series.

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The Rolls-Royce Park Ward Limousine and the Rolls-Royce Silver Spur Park Ward Limousines are elegant hand-built motorcars that not only offer a 24” extended wheelbase but also a raised roofline by 2” adding more headroom. There are also Park Ward Touring Limousines based upon the Silver Spur saloon. These are very rare and very expensive Rolls-Royce formal saloons.

These highly bespoke motorcars were built to the exacting requirements of the client. The official Touring Limousines were built from 1991 through 1999. Two body-styles were available. One version was lengthened at the rear “C” pillars with fixed opera windows. Another style was lengthened at the “B” pillars between the front and rear doors. Both versions have altered rooflines for increased headroom.

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A Rolls-Royce limited edition is a dream…with a little bit of fantasy. These dramatic motorcars all take their illustrious positions in automotive history. Each highly bespoke creation is built at a highly restricted pace to retain its exclusivity. One such eminent motorcar is the magnificent Rolls-Royce Silver Seraph Park Ward Touring Saloon.

It has all the panache and exclusivity of a true masterpiece…and is built out of a tradition of excellence. The Silver Seraph Park Ward is the ultimate expression of contemporary coachbuilding and personal commissioning for its day. Rolls-Royce engineers have always preferred Park Ward bodies on their prototype cars which is due in no small part to their superior build quality. 

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Sophistication augments the Park Ward in its relentless quest for sheer elegance, luxury, and distinction. The cabin seats four in the epitome of splendor. All four exclusively hand-tailored lounge seats are heated, cooled, and are electrically adjustable providing prodigious assuagement from mundane routines. An extended central console conveniently houses a control panel for rear seat passengers to operate special features and to interpose the seating. The additional legroom allows the installation of special audio, visual, and communication equipment including a hard drive for computer and peripherals to interface with the home or office for the executive who must work while traveling.

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The Park Ward is created following the protocol of the eminent Touring Saloons which proceeded it. These eloquent road-going extended wheelbase saloons provide refined handling characteristics with the notorious ride quality and comfort long associated with the brand. The Silver Seraph Park Ward synthesizes the better of two worlds: all the attributes of a world-class touring saloon with the legendary opulence of a Rolls-Royce motorcar. This fabulous motorcar is among the last hand-built Rolls-Royce models to motor out of Crewe. Rolls-Royce saloons have always been augmented by an extended wheelbase model to compliment the standard saloon.

The long wheelbase versions emphasize rear seat comfort with extra legroom. Usually, these formidable saloons provide 4” of extra room where it counts…the Park Ward adds an ample 10” in overall cabin space. Both front and rear doors are increased in size to anonymously incorporate the extra inches to superbly balance and blend the addition into the architecture gracefully. The discreet refinement isn’t immediately apparent to the untrained eye. A Rolls-Royce never screams its existence…it merely whispers its presence. There are only 127 Park Ward Touring Saloons built from 2001 until 2002 when Rolls-Royce production ceased at Crewe.

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Whatever one desired in an ultra-luxury motorcar…Park Ward could provide. Exemplary fit and finish are hallmarks of this eminent coachbuilder. Each custom-crafted vehicle was hand-built as if it were their very own. These automotive masterworks were built out of a tradition of excellence at a highly restricted pace to retain exclusivity. No two Rolls-Royce motorcars will ever be alike…coachbuilt versions are the ultimate expressions of the best car in the world.

Rolls-Royce engineers have always preferred Park Ward bodies on their prototype vehicles because of their superior build quality. These dramatic one of a kind motorcars all take their illustrious positions in automotive history as part of the legendary heritage of the Crewe facility in the UK. Park Ward and Crewe left an indelible impression upon the automotive industry and will live on in the hearts of connoisseurs world-wide. These are two essential factors that made these special Rolls-Royce motorcars…the pride of the UK, and the envy of the entire world –

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The Crewe Collection: Rolls-Royce Silver Spirit & The Silver Spur

Posted in Rolls-Royce, Rolls-Royce: The Crewe Collection with tags , , , , , , , , on March 30, 2016 by 99MilesPerHour

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“Neither a borrower nor a lender be; For loan oft loses both itself and friend, and borrowing dulls the edge of husbandry…”             William Shakespeare – 

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Hand crafting and Rolls-Royce are synonymous with the Crewe legend. Artisans did what machines could not replicate…slowly, patiently, by the gifted hand and the talented eye. These dedicated men and women inherited skills that were handed down through the generations. This is the reason why the eloquent Rolls-Royces that motored out of Crewe were the finest handcrafted motorcars in the world. These artisans kept the vision of Sir Charles Stewart Rolls and Sir Frederick Henry Royce as impetus to their mission.

The Crewe built Rolls-Royce is a strikingly individual motorcar…modern yet timeless. There is no more avant-garde manner in which to travel in an ultra-luxury motorcar than a Rolls-Royce. Two such masterpieces are the Rolls-Royce Silver Spirit and its long wheelbase variant Silver Spur. They are the first Rolls-Royce motorcars to bear aerodynamic architecture. From their classic radiator grilles with the iconic Spirit of Ecstasy mascot to their sleek body lines designed for the new world…the Silver Spirit and Silver Spur introduced an exciting new genre of luxury motoring.

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The Silver Spirit with USA specification headlamps

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The handcrafted Silver Spirit and Silver Spur were built to the highest standards in the true tradition of excellence as their illustrious predecessors. Sir Frederick Henry Royce stated: “Strive for perfection in everything you do. Take the best that exists and make it better. When it does not exist, design it. Accept nothing nearly right or good enough.”

The artisans  at the legendary Crewe facility in the UK lived by this famous credo creating automotive works of art such as the world-famous Rolls-Royce Silver Cloud…the notorious Rolls-Royce Phantom limousines…and of course, the elegant Silver Shadow. The Rolls-Royce Silver Spirit and Silver Spur built upon the principles set forth by these stunning, luxurious motorcars of esteem. After all, it wasn’t easy to improve upon the best motorcar in the world – 

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Long…low-slung, and distinguished…the Silver Spirit and the Silver Spur are every inch a Rolls-Royce. They continued the reputation for fine hand crafting and reliability that has become known and accepted world-wide. They are the new breed Rolls-Royce…the Rolls-Royce for today’s world.

It may appear to be all-new but some things never change with a Rolls-Royce built at Crewe. Every square inch of these illustrious new motorcars reflect the dedication and painstaking attention to detail – not to mention the pride each craftsman took in their craft. 

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1987 Rolls-Royce Silver Spirit saloon

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The Rolls-Royce Silver Spirit and Silver Spur were handcrafted at Crewe from 1981 until 1999. The design, as with all Rolls-Royce motorcars took planning, research and testing. Eight years combined with lessons learned from previous models brought about the all-new model.

Rolls-Royce motorcars are derived from evolution: measures that are tried, tested, and only those with proven results. The four-door five seat saloon is built of integral steel construction with aluminium alloy doors, bonnet, and boot lid. It is fitted with impact absorbing front and rear bumpers capped with polyurethane inserts to resist minor scuffing.

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The architecture is contemporary yet classic. The larger expanse of glass makes the vehicle appear larger. Its modular lamp clusters for head and tail lamps wrap around giving the car a modern look to challenge the years gracefully. It has a lower waist rail with a lithe athletic design. The sleek aerodynamic architecture battles crosswinds to manage stability more efficiently. The Silver Spirit is the first Rolls-Royce motorcar to have an aerodynamic design.

It’s also the first Rolls-Royce to use a retractable Spirit of Ecstasy mascot; it disappears into the radiator grille when it is tampered with. The Silver Spirit retains the legendary fit and finish continuing the exemplary craftsmanship and attention to detail that made the brand famous. Its fresh new design hints at its heritage; the front wings reflect those of the Silver Cloud, and the long low silhouette is reminiscent of the Silver Shadow. The Spirit of Ecstasy once again adorns an all-new Rolls-Royce creation of excellence. The brand’s relentless pursuit of perfection is evident.

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The Silver Spirit and Silver Spur has sumptuous leather trim handcrafted by Connolly Brothers in the grand Rolls-Royce tradition. Connolly Brothers is a distinguished British company founded in 1878.They did leather crafting for high-end automobile manufacturers such as Jaguar, Aston Martin, Maserati, and Ferrari. Connolly Brothers did all leather work for Rolls-Royce and Bentley motorcars built at Crewe.

Only one out of 500 hides were good enough for Rolls-Royce. Eight perfectly matched hides were hand-cut and hand-stitched to absolute perfection. The same high quality leather was used to trim the plush Wilton carpets. With proper care these fine leather upholstered interiors look as good today as they did when they motored out of Crewe. It’s a shame that all good things must come to an end – 2002 was the swan song for Connolly Leather…and the last hand-built Rolls-Royce left the assembly line at Crewe on August 30, 2002.

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Note the luxurious expanded veneer trim in the Silver Spur

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Beautiful burr walnut veneers were built with the expertise that isn’t learned overnight by apprenticeship programs – but through experience gained from the knowledge handed down by craftsmen who were purveyors of the craft. It takes up to eight slivers of wood patiently crafted to make these exquisite veneer panels.  The artisans create a design for each Silver Spirit and Silver Spur; no two cars will ever share an identical pattern.

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Each piece is mirror-matched to reflect the opposite side as in fine European furniture. The veneers are hand-lacquered and hand-polished to an amber luster that shines like glass and is that strong; a careless guest could stub out a cigarette on it without damage. The quality, fit and finish demonstrates the dedication to quality. This is what sets the Crewe built Rolls-Royce apart from other fine luxury motorcars.

That plush Wilton carpet under foot rivals that of fine homes. It too is crafted for excellence. The Wilton is a style of carpet. This fine 100% wool carpet is created on the Brussels Jacquard loom. These exclusive face-to-face looms weave two carpet textures at a time achieving a plush velvet end result. Only the finest virgin wool is selected for this intricate process. This is another design feature that sets Rolls-Royce motorcars in another league…the Crewe built Rolls-Royce is handcrafted like no other.

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The Silver Spur is the formal saloon. It is slightly larger than the Silver Spirit which is 207.8″ long, 74″ wide, and rides upon a long 120.5″ wheelbase. The Silver Spur is 211.8″ long, 74″ wide, and rides upon a longer 124″ wheelbase. The extra 4″ are incorporated into the rear passenger compartment providing more legroom.

It enables communication equipment to be installed to turn the Silver Spur into a rolling boardroom. Being the longer of the two saloons, the Silver Spur may be chauffeur driven for special occasions. It can be your personal limousine. Smooth, silent, and responsive, the Rolls-Royce Silver Spur continued the grand tradition the brand made famous.

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The prodigious power expected of the Spirit of Ecstasy is exemplified with the Silver Spirit and Silver Spur saloons. Under the hood is the potent 6.75 litre 16-valve 412 CID naturally aspirated V8 engine. Its redesigned hardened steel crankshaft runs in five larger main bearings. The engine is constructed with a high silicon content aluminium alloy cylinder block, its aluminium alloy cylinder heads have cast iron wet liners for durability.

New engine mounts provide even quieter operation. It’s equipped with electronic ignition and the US versions have a Bosch K Jetronic continuous fuel injection system with a single Pierburg electric fuel pump. It has a stainless-steel exhaust system and catalytic converter. Fuel injection gives the cars more spirited performance with increased fuel economy. The engine cranks 245 hp @ 4,500 rpm with 540 Nm of peak torque @ 2,500 rpm.

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The engine is mated to the GM THM 400 3-speed automatic transmission with torque converter and an electric gear range selector. Beginning the 1992 model year the GM 4L80E 4-speed automatic transmission with overdrive replaced the 3-speed version. Overdrive makes the engine more economical; a clutch which locks out the torque converter allows the engine to run at a lower rpm rate.

Take these ultra-luxurious saloons out on the road. They are remarkably smooth, responsive…and silent. Their four-wheel independent suspension offers a superb ride impervious to road conditions. An ultra-sensitive ride height control is designed to keep the cars at the perfect level regardless of load or road imperfections. Power assisted rotary valve rack and pinion steering is light and positive. This highly sophisticated network is designed to guarantee predictable behavior under all driving conditions and is completely imperceptible to noise and vibration.

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Four-wheel power assisted disc brakes provide safe, fade-free operation. A dual hydraulic master cylinder is designed to operate as two independent front and rear braking systems. Should one system fail each wheel will still be halted individually. All four wheels have large 11″ diameter discs. The front discs are ventilated for rapid heat dissipation.

The ride was further enhanced beginning the 1990 model year for the Series II saloons. Adaptive damping was introduced. This computer controlled network automatically adjusts the shock absorbers as soft, normal, and firm within 1/100th of a second. The computer monitors speed, throttle position, braking, and acceleration adjusting each shock absorber as necessary.

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Rolls-Royce Silver Dawn

The Silver Spirit and Silver Spur are also available as the Rolls-Royce Flying Spur, Silver Dawn, Silver Spur Park Ward limousine, as well as the Bentley Eight and Bentley Mulsanne. These contemporary classics are modestly priced in today’s market offering attractive opportunities for the Rolls-Royce enthusiast. Remember…a Rolls-Royce never becomes a used car – it becomes a classic.

Take into consideration the appreciation potential. The Silver Cloud II was around $15,000 new in the 1960s…and they are priced in today’s market into five and six figures! And…lest we forget the Silver Clouds fashioned into the fabulous Mulliner Park Ward drophead coupés…and the magnificent Rolls-Royce Phantom V and VI handcrafted limousines by James Young, HJ Mulliner and Park Ward.

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The Rolls-Royce Silver Dawn is a special edition of the Silver Spur Series IV. It was built from 1994 until 1998. It was available first in the US markets in 1994, then the UK and the rest of the world. Only 237 Silver Dawns were built making it a potential collector’s piece.

The Silver Dawn is based upon the long wheelbase variant of the Silver Spirit. The Silver Seraph wasn’t selling in North American markets very well. Rolls-Royce built a number of Silver Spur Series IV models especially for this market. This was the final revision for the Silver Spirit/Silver Spur production series with the last Silver Spirit built for the 1997 model year. The long wheelbase platform was retained through 1998.

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The Silver Dawn has the same rugged stressed-steel monocoque construction with aluminium alloy bonnet, doors, and boot lid as its Silver Spur sister model. It also shares the same underpinnings and running gear. The Silver Dawn rides upon a long 124.5” wheelbase. It is 211.8” in length and 74.3” in width. The Silver Dawn also shared the Silver Spur Series IV body colored integrated front and rear bumpers. It took the eagle-eye to detect the exterior difference between the two models. The only exterior variation was the rear trunk badge.

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Electronic Traction Assistance provides stability and optimum traction for the Silver Dawn. Heated rear seats are standard. The Silver Dawn’s cabin uses the same natural grained leather by Connolly Brothers and hand-polished veneers as in all Rolls-Royce saloons. Hand tufted wool carpets with mouton rugs are standard as well for this highly bespoke luxury saloon. All of Silver Spur’s standard equipment is also included on the Silver Dawn.

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The Rolls-Royce Silver Dawn is suited for both formal business use with a chauffeur or for the owner/driver who prefers to savor this masterful motorcar for himself. The Silver Dawn combined the latest technology and the luxurious appointments traditionally associated with the brand. Excellence is the norm…integrity is the guiding principle. This supreme achievement in motoring cossets its passengers within an elegance no other motorcar in its league could offer…

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The styling of the Silver Dawn is contemporary and aerodynamically efficient. It retains the traditional elegance and poised dignity associated with all Rolls-Royce motorcars. The Rolls-Royce Silver Dawn was positioned to not only continue the undaunted reputation established by its predecessors but to set even higher standards of motoring excellence to be the epitome of luxury.

Effortless V8 power, imperceptible gear changes, and the patented Rolls-Royce ride are combined with exemplary fit & finish to create the Silver Dawn luxury saloon. With a mere 237 built, its exclusivity will result in positive appreciation in its value during the coming years. The Silver Dawn is every inch a Rolls-Royce.

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A hydraulic self-leveling system keeps the Silver Dawn at optimum ride height regardless of load. Gas springs supplement the rear coil springs and are sensitive to load. It automatically adjusts the suspension to maintain the superb Rolls-Royce ride quality…as with all Rolls-Royce motorcars. Luxury and elegance are never an after thought with the Spirit of Ecstasy regardless of the model. This is what keeps the Rolls-Royce motorcar pre-eminent in the world of ultra luxury automobiles.

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The Silver Spur was also available as the Springfield Edition for the 1996 model year. It was built exclusively for the US markets as a 75th Anniversary tribute to the Springfield, Massachusetts factory when the first Rolls-Royce was hand-built there in 1921; the plant was in operation until 1931.

These exclusive saloons were available in five tu-tone color coordinated combinations. They represent the coachbuilt body styles that were available at the Springfield factory. These reflect the days gone by when a Rolls-Royce motorcar was completely bespoke…the motorized chassis was the only entity delivered to the coachbuilders. A completely customized vehicle reflecting the requisites of its owner was the result. 

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Only 27 were built making them highly collectible…in fact, only 360 Silver Spur long wheelbase saloons were built for the entire production run in 1996. The Buckingham (black/grey), The Pickwick (black/green), The Canterbury (black/blue), The Mayfair (black/maroon), and the Stratford (cream/white) were the choices for this exclusive 75th Anniversary limited edition.

Signature features apart from the opulent tu-tone exterior finish includes a very special Chesterfield sew-style with hand button tufting for the upholstery, headlining, door armrests and individual leather throw pillows. Heated seats, power adjustable rear seats, and custom handcrafted Madrona wood with cherry cross-banded veneers have patterns unique to each motorcar. 

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Elegant button tufting unlike any other model…

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A 75th Anniversary Madrona wood veneer plaque with inscription is affixed to the front center console. Special Mulliner Park Ward door sill tread plates with “Springfield Edition” alert passengers to the fact this isn’t an “ordinary” Rolls-Royce by all means. The client received an artist’s rendering of the car signed by one of its designers with an inscription which includes the owner’s name, town, city, or state and the car’s delivery date. It came unframed, however; it could have been framed with the same Madrona wood veneer with cherry cross-banding as the interior trim. A Rolls-Royce limited edition makes the special world of Rolls-Royce even more so – 

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A distinctive closed-in limousine style rear window treatment affords more privacy to rear seat passengers and lends a sophisticated elegance to its refined luxury.

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Rolls-Royce is the only true ultra-luxury super saloon that never went through an existential identity crisis. The Spirit of Ecstasy has always been the quintessential status symbol…the absolute pinnacle of opulence…the best motorcar in the world became a legend it its own time. The Silver Spirit and Silver Spur were the latest chapter in success continuing the eloquent Rolls-Royce tradition. 

The standard saloon is the Silver Spirit, the Silver Spur is the limited edition long wheelbase saloon suitable to be chauffeured for special occasions. They are both powered by the Rolls-Royce 6.75 litre V8 engine giving each the type of spirited performance that isn’t usually associated with luxury saloons in its class. Their precise fit and finish is due in no small part to the painstaking measures of their exemplary handcrafting at the historic Crewe facility in the UK.

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The Silver Spirit and the Silver Spur are contemporary classics within realistic limits. Remember the Silver Cloud started out in the $15,000 to $20,000+ neighborhood for their day…and now they command six figures on the auction block. The Rolls-Royce Silver Spirit and Silver Spur await their turn as coveted classics…don’t miss out on the opportunity to own tomorrow’s classics today.

The Rolls-Royce Silver Spirit replaced the highly successful Silver Shadow series. It is designed for the contemporary world in a trim, new style. The Silver Spirit heralds a new era in the history of Rolls-Royce. It’s a modern motorcar with enhanced comfort and convenience and is immediately recognized as a classic design in the Rolls-Royce tradition.

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The Rolls-Royce Silver Spirit UK version

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The Silver Spirit MK I was built from 1980 to 1989. MK II was built from 1989 until 1993, MK III built from 1994 until 1995, and the MK IV built from 1996 until 1997. The 1997 model year was the finale for the Silver Spirit. The more popular Silver Spur was built until 1999. The clean new look is meant to attract younger buyers. The legend becomes a lifestyle…

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Special thanks to Balmoral UK, Daniel Schmitt Classic Cars, and Rodd Sala at Park Ward Motors Museum, all class acts in the business – cheers from NotoriousLuxury!

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The legendary Crewe facility in the UK handcrafted the finest motorcars in the world…it will live on in the hearts of connoisseurs forever. They built the pride of the UK that became the envy of the entire world…

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The Crewe Collection: Rolls-Royce Silver Spirit Limited Editions

Posted in Rolls-Royce, Rolls-Royce: The Crewe Collection with tags on March 28, 2016 by 99MilesPerHour

Silver Spirit and Silver Spur Inttro

“Nil fato relinquemus…”

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UK version Rolls-Royce Silver Spirit 

In all of motordom…there is no more avant-garde manner to arrive than in a Rolls-Royce limited edition motorcar. These superb special creations are built at a highly restricted pace to retain their exclusivity and supremacy, each becomes an instant collectible. Each is highly sought among connoisseurs of fine automobiles.

Rolls-Royce has always had a notorious fashion in which to discharge special edition motorcars that leaves an indelible impression upon the industry. After its auspicious debut, the Silver Spirit redefined the classification for the ultra-luxury saloon segment. Its long wheelbase variant, the Silver Spur introduced contemporary eloquence for today’s changing world…formal enough for chauffeured use for special black-tie affairs.

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USA version Rolls-Royce Silver Spur

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The versatile beauty of the Silver Spirit and Silver Spur inspired coachbuilders to create automotive masterpieces. The artisans of Crewe partnered with eminent coachbuilders such as Hooper & Company, HJ Mulliner, Park Ward, James Young…even Pininfarina of Italy. Before undertaking such a task, approval from Rolls-Royce was required. The car’s character could not reflect anything other than keeping them as the ultimate in luxurious road-going vehicles.

The modifications had to be not only aesthetically satisfying but tasteful as well… Rolls-Royce has prospered and maintained its pre-eminence in the world of ultra-luxury cars. They build vehicles that are beyond reproach. A challenging task such as the modification of these magnificent motorcars requires craftsmen with skills and the ability to expedite them successfully. This is why Hooper & Company had such a long and rewarding tenure with Rolls-Royce. Hooper & Company was an eminent British coachcrafter established in 1896.

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1988 Hooper coachbuilt Silver Spirit two-door saloon

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The first time Rolls-Royce buyer is intrigued by it in its production form. After that, the client wants something more elaborate. This is where Hooper & Company provided the personalization. They would modify the vehicle into a work of art. Hooper did a lot of post-build custom work for Rolls-Royce.

As a manufacturer, this type of individual personalization is time-consuming; therefore, Rolls-Royce could not perform many of the detailed tasks involved. Hooper & Company brought a substantially different appearance to standard production vehicles. They satisfied the client’s desire for individuality and personalization of their luxury car.

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The coachbuilt Silver Spirit two-door saloon is crafted as one of their superlatives. These are extremely rare and highly collectible. It is built on the standard Silver Spirit platform. Hooper handcrafted the saloon re-working the architecture. Larger front doors are used in addition to the rear quarter panels and re-worked “C” pillars. The rear window is frenched-in making it smaller more on the order of a limousine.

The bumpers are re-designed to give an elegant formal appearance. The rocker panels and lower sills have stainless-steel moldings adding more chrome than the standard Silver Spirit. The cost was a hefty 50% over the original base price. This type of conversion is an intricate engineering effort requiring advanced handcrafting by experienced craftsmen.

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The Rolls-Royce Silver Spirit and Silver Spur were built in various other limited editions. These custom crafted masterpieces are highly bespoke in every manner epitomizing Rolls-Royce to an even higher level of exclusivity and prestige. One such magnificent creation is the Hooper St. James saloon. 

Hooper & Company was acquired by Rolls -oyce in 1970 to be an in-house division for bespoke coachbuilding. The St. James edition is a tribute to Hooper & Company’s establishment located on prestigious St. James Street in London. The 1984 Rolls-Royce Silver Spur saloon is the basis. It’s a one-off creation for Mr. Angelo Markoulis which required almost a year to complete with its build commencing in late 1983.

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The elegant and formal Hooper St. James is the ultimate in exclusivity and supremacy in a motorcar. It’s truly unique in the world of luxury motoring. Rolls-Royce splendor is exemplified with this lavish creation. The Hooper St. James has an exterior finish in tu-tone Georgian Silver and Ocean Blue.

Signature exterior features includes a closed-in limousine-style rear window treatment, hand painted accent striping, and a sterling silver oversized Spirit of Ecstasy mascot. The body shell has stainless-steel front and rear valances and lower body side rocker moldings. The Hooper St. James has color-keyed front and rear bumpers. “Hooper” and “St. James” nomenclature affixed to the boot lid identifies this as a Rolls-Royce special edition.

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Interior opulence is befitting such a prodigious motorcar. Special light blue Luxor leather trimmed with grey Luxor piping makes a bold fashion statement. Mountain Blue carpet edged with grey Luxor leather is a striking visual contrast to the upholstery. Exclusive mirror-matched veneers handcrafted in the Rolls-Royce tradition adds character to this custom motorcar.

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Mirror-matched veneers are a Rolls-Royce signature feature

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The rear passenger compartment suite is appointed only as a highly bespoke saloon should. It’s equipped with a Panasonic Video/TV display, a rear center storage unit with integrated VCR controls, a Magnavox VCR, a Harris phone system, an Alpine 7146 AM/FM stereo cassette player with an Alpine 3015 equalizer and an Alphasonik Autosub AS-2001.

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Rear seat passengers enjoy a power moonroof. Additional amenities includes an Escort Radar Detector, folding rear tray tables with drawers, and crystal ware with a storage unit. The Hooper St. James is the epitome of luxury and elegance transforming the Silver Spur long wheelbase saloon into a personal limousine.

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The rear passenger suite includes all the comfort of home

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The Hooper St. James is the pinnacle of exclusivity

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The Hooper Corniche coachbuilt fixedhead coupé

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Hooper also modified the Rolls-Royce Corniche in 1980. They grafted the nose and tail from the Silver Spirit onto Corniche architecture for a completely unique appearance. It is from the “Hooper Corporate Collection.” This Rolls-Royce coupé conversion was delivered in 1979 as a 1980 model.

It’s an exclusive one-off creation. The work took 18 months clocking thousands of hours of work with many major and minor alterations. The highly bespoke saloon is equipped with a $30,000 stereo system by Howard Becker. The Hooper Corniche is fitted with Bailey Sport suspension components to enhance its overall driving dynamics.

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Mulliner Park Ward Corniche coachbuilt fixedhead coupé

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Exterior enhancements are bold. Take the front end styling for example, it combines the look of the Silver Spirit and the Corniche. The rear is equally as dramatic. The stainless-steel rocker moldings, “RR” wire wheels, and stainless-steel dual exhaust ports augment the architecture. The total cost of the custom coachwork far exceeded the original cost of the car. 

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Hooper Corniche cabin

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A Rolls-Royce two-door coupé has always been a highly bespoke coachbuilt motorcar. Rolls-Royce makes  four-door luxury saloons primarily. The coachbuilder designs and builds the two-door fixedhead and drophead coupé per the client’s requisites which makes them highly collectible among connoisseur’s of fine automobiles word-wide.

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1989 Rolls-Royce Silver Spirit Emperor State Landaulet

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Another ultra-exclusive one-off creation was built for an Australian client at a cost of over $1 Million USD. The 1989 Rolls-Royce Emperor State Landaulette from the “Hooper Corporate Collection” is an impressive sight. Work for this magnificent vehicle began in 1988 and continued until 1991. George Moseley was retained by Hooper & Co for this project. He has also worked with the industry’s finest coachbuilders including HJ Mulliner, Park Ward, and Vanden Plas.

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The Emperor State Landaulette is built upon the Sliver Spirit platform. The wheelbase extends the stock Silver Spirit’s 120.5” to 143”. The longer wheelbase ensures a smoother ride. The bodyshell was re-worked with new rear quarter panels, new doors, and new glass. The roof was raised for more headroom and a formal appearance. The roof has a removable targa panel and a collapsible rear hood.

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The passenger compartment seats four in the lap of Rolls-Royce luxury. It features a power division for privacy. The upholstery in the passenger compartment is grey velour. The driver’s compartment is upholstered in grey Connolly leather. Red carpet lines both compartments with contrasting grey mouton rugs in the passenger compartment. Book-matched walnut burl veneers grace the dash, door garnish rails and trim, even the cocktail cabinet. A separate entertainment system is provided for the passenger compartment.

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The bespoke modern coachwork is painted Anvil Black with Regency Red lower body sides. The collapsible rear hood is made of mohair. The roof is covered in matching Everflex. Its elegant architecture cleverly disguises its massive dimensions. This Hooper masterpiece is a collector’s dream…

1986 Silver Spur factory limousine 1

1986 Rolls-Royce Silver Spur factory limousine

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Stately and dignified in all their majesty, Rolls-Royce limousines are luxury in the grand Rolls-Royce manner. As a true superlative in the ultra-luxury automobile class, these handcrafted limousines were always built at a highly restricted pace to retain their exclusivity. These are the most revered saloons in all of motordom. No other formal limousine garners more admiration and respect than a Rolls-Royce…

A Rolls-Royce factory limousine is the quintessential Flagship. The Rolls-Royce Silver Spur is transformed into the ultimate in chauffeur-driven limousines. Mulliner Park Ward  handcrafted these automotive masterworks. They are some of the last handcrafted limousines of this type. The Silver Spur Long Wheelbase platform was the perfect base for limousines of distinction.

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These formal saloons are built in the grand tradition of coach building. Being the longest of the Rolls-Royce saloons, they offer an exceptionally spacious passenger compartment. These are highly bespoke saloons with no two ever alike which is a Rolls-Royce hallmark. Each reflects the personal requirements of the client while retaining the craftsmanship and quality expected of a Rolls-Royce motorcar. From the hand-sculpted radiator grille to the mirror-matched walnut veneers, a Rolls-Royce leaves no room for compromise –

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The luxurious Rolls-Royce factory limousines precludes the finest handcrafted motorcars of this type to motor out of the legendary Crewe facility in the UK. These highly bespoke limousines could be configured as a sophisticated rolling boardroom for the executive who must work while traveling. They could also be configured as an elite entertainment suite with all amenities tailored specifically to the client’s requisites.

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The Park Ward  limousine is a limited edition saloon based upon the Silver Spur. It is extended 24” with an additional 2” added to the roof height. The Park Ward replaced the Silver Spur Touring limousine. These are extremely rare and will reflect this in its value during years to come. The original MSRP was in the neighborhood of $346,000.

The opulent Park Ward limousine was handcrafted from 1996 until 1999. Only a limited number were built. Robert Jankel designed this magnificent motorcar and Mulliner Park Ward crafted it in the formidable Rolls-Royce tradition. The Park Ward limousine was re-named as the Silver Spur Park Ward limousine during the middle of its production run.

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The Park Ward limousine features its 24″ stretch at the “B” pillars. This is one of only 6 or 7 factory built models designed for the USA market. The Park Ward limousine was also built as a touring limousine lengthened at the “C” pillar with a fixed opera window. This design is reminiscent of the old Phantom V and Phantom VI limousines. With the highly bespoke nature of these custom saloons, actual production numbers and specifications vary.

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“Big Ben” even had its own version Of the Silver Spirit. The Mulsanne “L” is built on the long wheelbase platform. These highly bespoke saloons are extremely rare. The only visual difference between the Bentley and the Rolls-Royce is the radiator grille shell and the bonnet. All of the Rolls-Royce opulence is there. The Bentley is for the owner/driver who preferred to maintain a lower profile.

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The Bentley Mulsanne “L” is one of the rarest of all Rolls-Royce motorcars; only two were built between 1984 and 1988 making them highly collectible. All Bentleys built from 1931 until 2004 are merely badge-engineered Rolls-Royce variants. The Mulsanne “L” is powered by the 6.75 litre naturally aspirated aluminium alloy V8 engine as its sister model. And…who would ever have dreamed a Bentley would become more valuable than a Rolls-Royce! 

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The epochal Spirit of Ecstasy was escalated to new heights of luxury and distinction with the Silver Spirit. From elegant two-door coupés…to opulent four-door saloons…to decadently opulent limousines; the Silver Spirit inspired coachbuilders to create automotive masterpieces.

Rolls-Royce models handcrafted at the legendary Crewe facility are the pride of the UK…and the envy of the entire world – these eminent motorcars epitomize a special segment of automotive history that shall never be replicated in today’s harried…mass-produced world.

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The silver Spirit is the dawning of the contemporary Rolls-Royce. The long, low, sleek…and aerodynamic architecture is unlike any of its predecessors. The long wheelbase variant is the Silver Spur saloon; it became the basis for many coachbuilt versions. The Silver Spirit was a completely new body style for the brand which created an all-new image. Rolls-Royce offered the best of two worlds at the time: impeccable handcrafting by the dedicated artisans at Crewe, and limited edition signature models built at a highly restricted pace. Custom coachcrafting and Crewe are synonymous as superlative endeavors in the world of fine automobiles.

Cheers to the hardest working caretaker in the special world of Rolls-Royce, Rodd Sala at Park Ward Motors Museum. Special thanks to Daniel Schmitt Classic Cars and Balmoral UK, two of the most prestigious automobile dealers in the business. Keep the “Spirit” alive!

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The Crewe Collection: Rolls-Royce Camargue

Posted in Rolls-Royce, The Crewe Collection: Rolls-Royce with tags on February 29, 2016 by 99MilesPerHour

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“All the world’s a stage, and all the men and women merely players. They have their exits and their entrances; And one man in his time plays many parts…”    William Shakespeare – 

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Art manifests itself in many forms and is readily identified in literature, music, architecture, science, and engineering. Automotive art is the world-wide link we enthusiasts share in common. A classic Rolls-Royce is hand-crafted in the grand tradition of coachbuilding offering the highest levels of luxury and bespoke grandeur. As with fine art…a Rolls-Royce is a genuine and enduring satisfaction – beautiful now and forever – a legend in its own time.

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Most important…driving a Rolls-Royce puts life in an entirely new perspective. To be a Rolls-Royce motorcar, every detail must have a function…its aesthetics of form must derive from its fitness of purpose. The Camargue is the rarest work of automotive art from Rolls-Royce. Its understated elegance rewards a fortunate few with a completely individualized automobile apart from tradition. This is the personal luxury car that brings a new spirit to ecstasy –

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If exclusivity is what you seek in a motorcar…there is only one automobile that will satisfy the most discerning motorist…the iconic Rolls-Royce. In any of its magnificent configurations, if maintained properly, will most likely outlast its owner. These hand-built masterpieces are the pride of the UK and the envy of the entire world.

The investment potential of a Rolls-Royce is lucrative. Whether it be an exclusive coachbuilt one-of-a-kind, or simply an “out of the box” version…no other motorcar on earth rivals the charisma of a Rolls-Royce. They are the absolute pinnacle of luxury, performance, and prestige.

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In any field of endeavor, exemplary reputation is historically slow in the making. Rolls-Royce and the artisans at Crewe worked hard to become synonymous with success…and what is success? It is an elusive…intangible quality of excellence and a “Spirit of Ecstasy” which is the true heart and soul of a masterpiece.

This legendary reputation was achieved through the relentless pursuit of perfection.  A Rolls-Royce hand-crafted at the historic Crewe facility in the UK is without conjecture, held high in esteem. These fine automobiles will become cherished collectibles because they are the end of an illustrious era in luxury motoring…

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The Rolls-Royce Camargue is designed by Pininfarina Design Studios in Turin, Italy by Paolo Martin. This distinguished design studio has an extremely impressive clientele that includes Ferrari, Alfa Romeo, Maserati, GM, and Lancia. Pininfarina is the first coachbuilder to use the unibody design concept for monocoque construction.

Carrozzeria Pininfarina was established in 1930. Throughout its tenure it has designed yachts, air planes, private jets, high-speed trains, and busses, as well as automobiles. General Motors used this eminent design firm for the 1959-1960 Cadillac Eldorado Brougham and the Cadillac Allanté of the late 1980s. The Camargue is sophisticated elegance and totally unique among luxury cars.

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Mulliner Park Ward hand-built the Rolls-Royce Camargue in England from 1975 until 1986. This is the best of both worlds: the ultimate embellishment of British craftsmanship with the romance of Italian design. It targets a younger Rolls-Royce clientele. Best of all…only 531 were ever built which makes each a treasured collectible.

The neoclassic design is just as unique as your own lifestyle. Only one of these works of art is badged as a Bentley. Just 30 or so per year were imported to the USA during their production run. It was the most expensive production car in the world at the time with a price of $147,000 USD.

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The Camargue is a driver’s car for those who prefer a luxury automobile with flair and distinction. This is the personal Rolls-Royce without ostentation. The sleek contemporary architecture is a four-seat, two-door saloon of stressed steel integral monocoque construction. The bonnet, boot lid, doors and roof are made from aluminium alloy. Large wrap around bumpers with polyurethane inserts are impact-absorbing and yield a 5 mph impact without sheet metal damage.

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It shares no sheet metal with any other Rolls-Royce. The trademark radiator grille and the Spirit of Ecstasy are the only familiar link with its heritage. The alteration of the classic radiator grille ruffled a lot of feathers…Pininfarina tilted it forward four degrees. The basic theme of its architecture orchestrates classic simplicity with a tasteful restraint of ornamentation. The Camargue’s uncommon elegance is at home at the yacht club or the theatre.

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Its relaxed demeanor in no way discounts the fact that this is indeed…a Rolls-Royce motorcar. It was built at a highly restricted pace to retain its exclusivity. The controversy alone makes it interesting to the avid collector. Either you love it or you hate it. Some think it is a bit cosmetically challenged – regardless – it is still a Rolls-Royce motorcar.

The Camargue is a Rolls-Royce like no other. The rarest Rolls-Royce to motor out of Crewe took five months to hand assemble. One of the craftsmen was asked while this car was in production, how fast the assembly line moved…he replied: “I think it moved last Thursday.” This is an example of the dedication the artisans expressed regarding their true labor of love. Technology includes lessons learned from the highly successful Corniche and the Silver Shadow II.

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The Camargue introduced a world first. Rolls-Royce designed a completely automatic air conditioning system to maintain separate upper and lower cabin temperatures with proper humidity in all seasons.

This sophisticated network took eight years to develop. The dual-zone air conditioning system maintains its pre-set temperature without further intervention. It was later added to all Rolls-Royce motorcars.

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Sporting luxury is reflected in the Camargue’s meticulously hand-crafted cabin. Four elegant lounge seats are upholstered in supple leather by Connolly Brothers. Individually fully reclining front seats are electrically adjustable with manually adjustable head restraints.

The warmth of mirror-matched wood veneers and Wilton hand-tufted 100% wool carpets adds to its luxury in the grand Rolls-Royce tradition. Standard equipment includes a central locking system, power windows, automatic speed control, power assisted rack and pinion steering, premium audio system, electric clock, and tinted glass. The car is bespoke and was built according to the client’s requests.

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Being highly bespoke, the client could choose any specific color for the leather upholstery. Wood veneers were unique for each car. The luxurious Wilton carpets and lambswool rugs were color coordinated to match any theme to suit the client’s taste. Any color could be coordinated as long as it is tasteful adding to the aesthetic beauty of a Rolls-Royce motorcar. This is why no two Rolls-Royces will ever be alike…

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Contrasting color combinations are popular. Take note of the carpets edged with the same color combo as the upholstery. This Camargue has an intricately burled pattern for its veneers.

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The Camargue is a spirited performer. It is powered by the legendary 6.75 litre 16-valve 412 CID V8 engine. Its lightweight construction includes a high silicon content aluminium alloy block; the aluminium alloy cylinder heads use cast iron wet liners. It has a hardened steel crankshaft running in five main bearings, overhead valves, and hydraulic lifters.

The engine is equipped with an electronic ignition and a twin stainless-steel exhaust system. Earlier versions are equipped with twin SU carburetors and a Pierburg fuel pump. Later model years use a Bosch K Jetronic fuel injection system with a Bosch electric fuel pump.

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The engine produces 220 hp boasting longitudinal acceleration as 0-60 mph in just 10.9 seconds. This performance is excellent taking into consideration how heavy the Camargue is at 5,175 pounds. It has a top speed in the 118-120 mph range. The Rolls-Royce Camargue averages 11-12 mpg…if you can afford the car gasoline mileage is negligible, right?

The engine is mated to a GM 400 3-speed automatic transmission with torque converter and electric gear range selector. The transmission automatically locks electronically when the key is removed from the ignition; this is a safeguard feature of all Rolls-Royce motorcars. The engine requires a major overhaul at 100,000 miles or at least every 10 years.

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The Camargue is a large front engine rear-wheel drive saloon. It rides upon a long 120.1” wheelbase, is 206.5” in length, and is 75.5” wide. It has a 4-wheel independent suspension. From 1977 forward, the rear suspension is adapted from the Silver Shadow II. The suspension is equipped with a hydraulic self-leveling system to maintain proper ride height regardless of load or road conditions. Four-wheel disc brakes provides efficient fade-free operation. The dual master cylinder provides independent operation of front and rear braking systems and is designed to halt each wheel individually.

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These fine automobiles should be approached with caution if you are in the market to purchase one. If a solid maintenance schedule history is not available…you could end up spending a small fortune! The best versions are the later model years; they have upgraded steering and suspension components.

Rolls-Royce Camargues have certain idiosyncratic quirks. The valve covers cause leaks; a small amount of oil on the garage floor is tolerable but larger ones should be investigated. Inspect the underside regularly for corrosion especially around the rear spring mountings, also, the subframe mounting bushes wear out. Restoration is outrageously expensive!

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When considering the purchase of a Camargue here are key points to consider. I will say this again: these cars can become obscenely expensive to restore ‘properly’. Investigate the exterior coachwork condition. Look over the interior underneath the carpet footwells for signs of moisture. You always want to see a serious documentation of the car’s service history; I cannot stress this enough. My advice is to take the car to a professional for a complete evaluation.

Hydraulic systems, engines, and transmissions are most important, as well as wiring and electrical systems. You shouldn’t even consider a Rolls-Royce at a “Buy here – Pay Here” establishment! If the price sounds too good to be true…99.9% of the time there are issues!  You want to be aware of discount servicing…un-doing what “Mr. Fixit” did in a back alley will be more expensive than if you had taken the car to a reputable mechanic who specializes in the marque…YOU DO NOT WANT A ROLLS-ROYCE THAT HAS BEEN SERVICED AT WALMART!!!

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Rolls-Royce built the Camargue for those who seek adventure. One motors along surrounded by fine hand layered veneers, hand-stitched leather upholstery, and luxurious deep pile carpets. Camargue is for the driver who is not easily impressed. This is an elegant and completely individual motorcar. The artisans at the historic Crewe facility in the UK hand-built Rolls-Royce motorcars in the grand tradition of coachbuilding.

It’s as rare as a vintage cognac. It has an air of elite sophistication. The Rolls-Royce Camargue is as exotic as its namesake in the south of France. Its powerful V8 engine provides performance that would shame a sports car. The Camargue retains the poised dignity that is the hallmark of every Rolls-Royce motorcar. The romance of its Italian design and the exclusive British hand-crafting makes it a rich and rare motoring experience available only to a fortunate few –

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Special thanks to Rodd Sala and Park Ward Motors Museum, the finest classic Rolls-Royce caretaker in the Midwest! NotoriousLuxury salutes you!!!

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