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2018 Rolls-Royce Phantom – A Serendipitous Adventure in Paradise

Posted in Editorials, Extreme Luxury, Grande Marque, Rolls Royce, Symbol with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on March 4, 2018 by 99MilesPerHour

A New legend is launched…

The iconic “Spirit of Ecstasy” adorns an all-new interpretation of the Rolls-Royce Phantom for the 2018 model year. Introduction of a Rolls-Royce motorcar never comes as the result of a blinding flash of inspiration. Through evolution, each new model is built upon the laurels of its predecessor adding the latest technology available. Only after inexhaustible research and testing, it is further refined to sheer magnificence.

This total redesign is the second completely new edition under BMW management for the 21st Century. Now that’s progressive, the marque has refined a legend while gaining new acclaim in such a short length of time. Phantom is powered by a newly minted 6.8 litre twin-turbo V12 engine. The new saloon is built upon the Rolls-Royce patented “Architecture of Luxury” a new concept making the car lighter, quieter, more rigid and technologically advanced than the previous model. A new legend is launched…

Automobile journalists world-wide whip out the ruler once again. The Rolls-Royce Phantom is the standard by which ALL other ultra-luxury cars are judged. Any Rolls-Royce motorcar is one class act…and an extremely tough act – which no other luxury car – can follow. The eighth generation Phantom introduces a Luxury Suite approach redefining comfort and convenience escalating opulence to new heights in exclusivity and supremacy.

Thoughtful amenities such as “The Embrace” of its self-closing doors and “The Gallery” imposed into the elegant newly designed dash fascia of the control center, alerts one to the fact this is no ordinary automobile. Phantom’s new look highlights an impressive new interpretation of Rolls-Royce luxury. However; some things will never change:” The loudest sound one will ever hear inside the cabin of a Rolls-Royce motorcar – is the beating of their heart…”

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Phantom is graciously designed with 21st Century virtues. The exquisitely handcrafted architecture has been totally restyled to reflect the distinctive character of Phantom’s tasteful heritage. It is also designed so as not to render the previous models redundant out of owner loyalty and respect.

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An aluminium space frame design ends the love affair between Rolls-Royce and monocoque construction. The big news for the Phantom VIII is the “Architecture of Luxury.” The integrated network further refines the “Magic Carpet Ride” ride into superlatives. This revolutionary new approach for the automotive industry has been designed and engineered from the ground up to adapt to the size and weight requirements for future Rolls-Royce model logistics.

This platform is 30% more rigid than previous applications. Its lightweight design, increased torsional rigidity, and modular componentry can be adapted to the next generation of Rolls-Royce motorcars that will follow. Suspension dynamics are further optimized by innovative new processes which enhance the sensation of soaring – one of the true hallmarks of a Rolls-Royce motorcar.

The Rolls-Royce relentless pursuit of exemplary coachbuilding and engineering par excellence once again yields “The Best Car in the World.” To say Phantom set new benchmarks in the industry is grossly understated. Its Electronic Architecture is the largest and most sophisticated component produced by the BMW Group.

This highly intelligent system networks together coordinating every function of the entire vehicle from its overall operational dynamics to the latest navigation and entertainment systems. The eighth generation of the formidable Phantom series is the preface to a new breed of Rolls-Royce motorcars. Phantom is the very essence of the brand…

The formidable new look of authority…

The Architecture of Luxury is augmented by exquisite coach crafting. Modular symmetry integrated into Phantom’s engineering DNA is adaptable for future applications. Monocoque construction throughout the Rolls-Royce model range will ultimately be replaced by this new technology. Phantom’s poised dignity is embodied within a totally new yet familiar design completely in character with a flagship of its stature.

Phantom’s aluminium bodyshell is crafted using a precision body pre-joining process. A single stamped body panel takes the place of multiple components. This refinement not only reduces visible seams between body panels, but also aids aerodynamics. The result is a radical contemporization of the illustrious Phantom saloon. The new edition through historic evolution, is a visual composition hinting at the classic Silver Cloud borrowing styling cues from the Silver Shadow, Silver Spirit, as well as the Silver Seraph saloons. The 2018 Rolls-Royce Phantom is a tasteful new rendition of a time-honored legend. Its beauty is exceeded only by the prestige of ownership…

The iconic ‘Spirit of Ecstasy’ and signature radiator grille have been refined for the new flagship. We cannot forget the flying lady mascot which has adorned Rolls-Royce motorcars since 1911. “Emily” the silver goddess, was created by Charles Sykes to keep the Rolls-Royce motorcar appearance uniform as a thing of beauty. She has undergone many changes during her tenure.  The new Phantom captures the essence of the original in a stunning contemporary form.

Phantom’s classic inspiration is the basis of its timeless beauty, making it the epitome of luxury. The hand polished radiator grille has been integrated into surrounding bodywork. The taller, more upright dominance creates an elegant new look of authority. A new headlamp design gives daylight running lamps a holographic look from a graphic laser light system. Phantom electronically casts light 600 metres down the road to assist driving after dark. This is the most advanced lighting system of any automobile on the road today.

Phantom is synonymous with technology. The entire automobile networks together in electronic harmony and sophistication.  A 4-camera system around the vehicle includes panoramic and helicopter views for optimal all-around visibility and security. Night Vision, Vision Assistant, Active Cruise Control, Collision Warning, and lane departure/lane change notification are just a few of the many features and accessories that contribute to Phantom’s overall operational efficiency. High-resolution head-up display, digital on-board electronics, Wi-Fi hotspots, and state of the art navigation/entertainment systems all aid the car’s interconnectivity into today’s world.

The electronic interface within Phantom is an endless array of technical insight. Electronic Stability Control (ESC), with ABS and driveline traction control systems constantly monitor and calibrate each wheel individually as the transmission scans geographical maps preparing the car for the road ahead.

Phantom’s electronic self-leveling system allows the car to ‘glide’ on a cushion of air enhancing the famous “Magic Carpet Ride.” The system is so sensitive it adjusts the ride height to compensate for fuel used from the tank as well as changes in load. Ingenious 4-wheel steering provides unrivaled steering precision…allowing the car to remain poised minding its manners at all times. A Rolls-Royce does everything a little better than its ultra-luxury competitors. Effortless…totally effortless operation is what one has come to expect from the brand.

Phantom’s highly bespoke nature gives the client limitless possibilities for both comfort and convenience. The all-new Luxury Suite approach redefines the cabin’s exclusivity. Individual lounge-type seating with a fixed center console includes carefully angled seating positions enabling occupants to converse without strain.

An elegant bench-type seat with sofa-like proportions has a wide folding center armrest. A newly designed sleeping-seat arrangement is available for extraordinary comfort on extended journeys. The seats have been refined and handcrafted using the seating ‘bullet’ previously used on the Rolls-Royce Dawn and Wraith models.

In order to fully appreciate today’s Rolls-Royce, one must see how this grand marque evolved…the progression is tasteful, gradual, never outlandish nor shockingly out of sequence.

This is the first contemporary redesign…Phantom VII

Silver Seraph is the last new model of the 20th Century…

Silver Spirit and the EWB version Silver Spur

Silver Shadow and the EWB version Silver Wraith II

Silver Cloud I, II, & III. (Phantom V & VI) This iconic presence is the single most immediately identifiable of all Rolls-Royce model series. It’s classic eminence which endures…

Here’s Rolls-Royce refinement during the early 1950s. These automobiles have become cherished collectibles among connoisseurs all over the world. Rolls-Royce pre-eminence ages gracefully. “A thing of beauty is a joy forever – “

1933 Phantom III is among the purveyors of motoring eloquence

A New legend takes shape…

Phantom’s overall exterior design sports a slightly lower silhouette than its predecessor creating its own signature. Elegant forward-opening rear coach doors remain Phantom’s focal point. For added convenience, all four doors may now be closed automatically at the touch of a button. It’s the most exclusive “Embrace” in the industry.

This is a striking example of contemporary abstract automotive art. Phantom exudes a contemporary understated elegance. Restrained use of ornamentation is tasteful. The makers of “The Best Car in the World” have once again created an automotive masterpiece that doesn’t require pomposity to impress with crude assertions of status and wealth. It is satisfying as a fine Chateau Lafite Rothschild or a Cohiba Behike…rich and rare.

A Rolls-Royce is ride-engineered for outstanding comfort and convenience. Phantom’s independent suspension is equipped with double wishbones up front and a 5-link system at the rear. It rides on large 22 X 9.5” forged aluminium wheels. The tires are developed with Continental and are filled with 2kg of “Silent Seal” foam to eliminate even more road noise and vibration. The 2018 Rolls-Royce Phantom SWB saloon has the luxury length of 226.8” and rides upon a long 140.6” wheelbase. The Phantom EWB has an even longer length at 235.5” riding upon a longer 148.5” wheelbase.

The Silent motorcar returns…

Phantom’s all-new V12 with advanced electronic engine controls produces more low-end output at lower revs to cancel even more noise and vibration than previously achieved. The lightweight aluminium 6.8 litre twin turbocharged engine yields an impressive 563 hp @ 5,000 rpm packing a prolific punch with 900 Nm of peak torque @ 1,700 rpm. The engine is mated to an electronic GPS aided 8-speed ZF automatic gearbox. The 2018 edition of The Best car in the World is configured as front engine rear-wheel drive. (Whisper…tick…soar)

A Rolls-Royce Phantom is “The Rolls-Royce of Rolls-Royces.” These prestigious flagship saloons have always been hand-built at a highly restricted pace from their inception in 1925. It simply upends the theory of the inability to “have it all.” The new Rolls-Royce Phantom by tradition, is a blank canvas for the client to create their very own unique work of automotive art.

Each and every Phantom is a highly bespoke masterpiece. No other ultra-luxury motorcar garners the respect and admiration afforded this supreme achievement in motoring. The next generation of the ultra-luxury saloon will exceed the parameters of bespoke elegance once again raising the bar of success even higher in this exclusive market niche…

The “Gallery” is an area for personalization. Intricately detailed marquetry may also reflect the requisites of the client. The 2018 Phantom’s new fascia makes an elegant new manner in which to express one’s self. All switch gear is rendered luxuriously in metal, glass, or wrapped in leather. Everything is designed to be beautiful with a jewel-like crystal effect.

All controls and gauges are on display behind an expanse of glass…as if they were in an art gallery or in a display case at Tiffany & Co. Leather and wood appointments will always be totally unique from vehicle to vehicle. Technology is hidden until required…screens, keyboards, and the like are stored away behind hidden panels. No two Rolls-Royce Phantoms will ever be alike because of natural materials and the extensive use of hand-finishing throughout the vehicle.

1915 Silver Ghost

“The Best Car in the World” award is bestowed upon superlative endeavors in the industry. Rolls-Royce Silver Ghost is a sparkling example. ‘Autocar’ named it as such in 1907 because of its revolutionary concept…Silver Ghost’s virtual silent operation and its notorious reliability gained world-wide acclaim. Chassis # AX201 is valued at $35,000,000 USD garnering the title of “Most Valuable Car in the World” in 2005.

The Rolls-Royce Phantom was judged “The Best Car in the World” upon its inception in 1925. This eminent automotive series historically is classified as a very, very special automobile reserved for very, very special clientele. The 2018 edition escalates this exclusivity while retaining the poised dignity which is the hallmark of every Rolls-Royce motorcar. Modern day accolades include the prestigious “Luxury Car of the Year” award in the UK  from BBC Top Gear Magazine received just weeks after the Phantom debuted on lovely Lake Lucerne in Vitznau, Switzerland on November 27, 2017.

1929 Rolls-Royce Phantom I Ascot Sport Phaeton

1933 Rolls-Royce Phantom II

Field Marshal Bernard Law Montgomery…

“Monty’s” 1936 Rolls-Royce Phantom III by Freestone & Webb

“A keen believer in the power of the image, Montgomery used his Rolls-Royce Phantom to communicate permanence, solidity and reliability – a signal to his men that he was there to stay.”

Rolls-Royce Phantom IV chassis #4AF6 scrapped in 1959

1963 Rolls-Royce Phantom V coachbuilt by Mulliner Park Ward

1992 Rolls-Royce Phantom VI coachbuilt by HJ Mulliner

Rolls-Royce Phantom VII (Celestial Phantom 1 of only 1)

Phantom’s graciously refined resplendence heralds a dramatic new era in luxury motoring. Its unpretentious opulence doesn’t scream accomplishment it simply whispers success. The 2018 Phantom is the most technologically advanced model in Rolls-Royce history setting new industry benchmarks.

“The Architecture of Luxury” is the basis of an entirely new concept in luxury motorcar manufacturing. This modular platform will be used for future Rolls-Royce models replacing monocoque construction. The revolutionary new approach will adapt to size and weight requirements evolving to meet the corporate mission.

Phantom’s technology includes “Electronic Architecture” rated as the largest and most complex electronic platform ever built by the BMW Group. Advanced electronic intelligence aids Rolls-Royce Phantom’s overall operational logistics, active and passive accident avoidance systems, as well as state of the art navigation and entertainment systems.

This is the company flagship that’s extremely rewarding to own…and fine enough to preclude the restless quest for something finer to replace it. The 2018 Rolls-Royce Phantom EWB is the one thing missing from me right now to achieve total happiness –

Special thanks to Park Ward Motors Museum, and Daniel Schmitt Classic Cars for classic Rolls-Royce photos. Special thanks to the Rolls-Royce Press Club for press releases, specifications, and photos for the 2018 Phantom.

The 2018 Rolls-Royce Phantom is NotoriousLuxury  © 2018


Symbol – When The Best Isn’t Good Enough…

Posted in Bentley, Ecstasy, Editorials, Extreme Luxury, Grande Marque, Luxury Sedans, Rolls Royce, Rolls Royce Historical, Symbol with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on June 28, 2015 by 99MilesPerHour

…Always completely avant-garde

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…Nil fato relinquemus

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When one seeks exclusivity…

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If you are a connoisseur…it’s Imperial Oscietra or Royal Beluga (North of the Caspian) caviar, Château Lafite Rothschild 1957, no…a Château Margaux 2009 or maybe a Vosne-Romanée just for show… and of course a limited edition Cohiba Behike or a Gurkha Black Dragon.

Then… an “out of the box” Rolls Royce or Bentley is not intriguing. When the best just isn’t good enough and exclusivity in a motorcar is sought…only a custom coachbuilt version is the remedy. HJ Mulliner and Park Ward design studios created luxury motorcars of absolute distinction. They are two of the most eminent coachbuilders in automotive history. Every Rolls Royce and Bentley motorcar they have transformed have all become cherished bespoke automotive masterworks.

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1965 Rolls Royce Silver Cloud Flying Spur

A superb motorcar is desirable…but even more desirable, is a superb motorcar offered in so many exquisite variations. They are precisely matched to the client’s requisites and personal taste. One need not think in terms of “only” a Rolls Royce or Bentley…but think in terms of their “particular” Rolls Royce or Bentley. Each coachbuilt motorcar is an instant collectible. Classic automobiles have become an extremely lucrative investment – a coachcrafted classic is one of a kind automotive art – dealers have experienced a positive surge in demand.

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The custom coachbuilder’s primary focus is to create an automobile of unsurpassed luxury and elegance. This gives the client a refreshing degree of freedom to contrive a one of a kind vehicle to suit their fancy. This type of client isn’t intrigued with the ephemerality of annual styling changes and artificial novelty. They desire a timeless automobile design…like no other. The singular character of a unique, coachbuilt automobile reflects this clarity and intensity of purpose. The vast diversity of the craft is by no means a divergence in standards.

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1960 Bentley S2 HJ Mulliner Coupe

When the best isn’t good enough…Mulliner Park Ward studios in London offered distinctive coachbuilding for Rolls Royce and Bentley chassis. An extra special body style for these fine automobiles is the two-door Fixedhead and Drophead coupe. A coupe version had to be specially hand-crafted in a highly bespoke manner. Rolls Royce and Bentley motorcars are usually built in four-door saloon body styles. Mulliner Park Ward created automotive masterpieces for Rolls Royce and Bentley models when the marque was built as body on frame design.

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Bentley and Rolls Royce are chic…not to mention glamorous automobiles. A first time buyer gets a kick out of either – the new owner is excited… just because. After this, something more elaborate is sought. Before monocoque construction began for the two brands in the mid-1960s, coachbuilders could purchase a chassis and create a virtual rolling masterpiece for the client. The artisans with HJ Mulliner and Park Ward are the most revered coachbuilders and purveyors in the art of vehicle personalization. This elite sophistication is among the last of the genuine coachcrafters…they have vanished into a world where this trade no longer exists – 

Park Ward was established in 1919 in the UK and bodied a variety of automobiles in the 1920s. Rolls Royce purchased Park Ward in 1939. The coachbuilder was already in contract with W.O. Bentley in the 1920s supplying bodyshells. After Rolls Royce took over Bentley in 1931, they acquired patents and techniques for coachwork which were firsts to the industry. Park Ward developed a special design for all-steel saloons. The patented technique uses “Silentbloc” rubber bushings to reduce road noise, road shock, and vibration before it intrudes the passenger cell. These bodies were used for Bentley and Rolls Royce models.

HJ Mulliner, also an eminent British coachbuilder in the UK, was established in 1897 building carriages. As the ‘horse-less carriage’ emerged, they hand-crafted bodies for various high-end automobile makers. Mulliner custom bodied a Silver Ghost for the Honorable Charles Stewart Rolls. By the 1930s, Mulliner’s entire production output was fitted to Rolls Royce and Bentley chassis. Rolls Royce acquired HJ Mulliner in 1959.

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The company was merged with Park Ward in 1961 to form the formidable Mulliner Park Ward (MPW) association. Mulliner is now the in-house personal commissioning department exclusively for Bentley Motors Limited. Mulliner no longer creates bespoke coach-crafting  working with Bentley, they are more of a “trim level” designer.

It is William MacDonald Park, Charles Ward, and Henry Jervis Mulliner that laid the foundation for one of the most prodigious custom coachbuilders in automotive history. Their names will live forever in association with the finest automobiles in the world – These are by no means “ditch and dash” motorcars –

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1961 Bentley Continental MPW aluminium Drophead coupe

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Two of Mulliner Park Ward’s investment grade motorcars are based upon the hand-built aluminium-bodied Bentley Continental “S” chassis.  Here’s an interesting fact to consider, up to this period, Rolls Royce motorcars ‘inspired’ Bentley motorcar design…This is the beautiful exception to the rule.

The Rolls Royce variant of this aluminum-bodied design is built upon the Silver Cloud chassis but based upon the Bentley Continental version. Aluminium is a favorite medium among coachbuilders because it is lightweight and extremely versatile with contours as you may see. The lightweight aluminium bodyshells not only makes them faster than their steel-bodied counterparts, but also increases their aerodynamics.

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1965 Rolls Royce MPW aluminium Fixedhead coupe

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Mulliner Park Ward designed and blue printed many different two-door Fixedhead and Drophead coupe body styles. Bentley badged versions include the aluminium-bodied Continentals and Bentley “T” models. The Rolls Royce variants are bodied as Silver Cloud MPW, Silver Shadow MPW, and…lest we forget, the iconic and unforgettable Corniche models.

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Rolls Royce Corniche Coachbuilt Drophead coupe

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Bentley Corniche Coachbuilt Drophead coupe

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1967 Rolls Royce Silver Shadow MPW Fixedhead coupe

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Mulliner Park Ward is one of the first coachbuilders to modify the Silver Shadow four-door saloon into a two-door configuration. James young built a version of the Shadow as a coupe at a highly restricted pace not exceeding 26 vehicles. It appears a bit strange and austere when placed side by side with the Mulliner Park Ward version.

The MPW version sculpted the waist rail to include a graceful “cupid’s bow’ into the bodywork. The Silver Shadow MPW was renamed Corniche in 1971 and in 1985 Continental for Bentley models. The Corniche is one of the longest running and most prominent production series in the history of the brand. A Corniche remains among the most popular ultra-luxury motorcars on the planet –

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Contrast of the MPW with the James Young versions

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This James Young version was retro-fitted with Series II bumpers

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Rolls Royce Corniche Coachbuilt Drophead coupe

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Bentley Corniche Coachbuilt Drophead coupe

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1965 Rolls Royce Silver Cloud Mulliner Flying Spur

HJ Mulliner created aluminium bodied four-door saloons as Continental Flying Spurs. Rolls Royce and Bentley chassis were used to build bespoke standards of excellence. The Continental Flying Spur saloons were hand-crafted from 1957 until 1966. Coachbuilt vehicles such as these serve as a measure by which all luxury automobiles are judged. These elegant saloons have a near limousine spaciousness and atmosphere. This unique four-door body style uses a different roof style augmented by thinner “C” pillars and a ‘6-window’ design.

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The Flying Spur is further distinguished by a lower overall silhouette. It has a lower waist rail, more sculpted rear quarter panels, a higher rear deck lid, and modified tail lamps. The coachbuilder retained the identities of each brand. The epochal Spirit of Ecstasy and flamboyant Flying “B” atop the signature radiator grilles pronounce each distinctively. Understated, yet exquisite – the Mulliner Continental Flying Spurs are highly sought – they command six figures today and are still appreciating positively. Rolls Royce does not acknowledge its body style as “Continental” with brand nomenclature. It is simply known as the Silver Cloud Flying Spur.

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Mulliner Park Ward could refresh the client’s existing vehicle. Custom coachbuilders not only practiced their trade on a brand new chassis, but also restored or modified an existing vehicle completely to client specification. The Bentley Continental S2 featured is bodied as a 1960 vintage with an S3 face lift. After all…who knows a coachbuilt vehicle better than the artisans themselves that created it…right?

This talented coachbuilder could be commissioned to perform any service a collectible motorcar required. Whether it be a simple re-dye to the leather hides…restoration or custom wood veneer services…new lambswool Wilton hand-tufted carpeting, or a major 100% frame-off restoration – Mulliner Park Ward expedited services second to none. Notable coachbuilders competing in the art as eminent as MPW are Thrupp & Maberly, Hooper & Company, Freestone & Webb, and James Young/Jack Barclay LTD. They all worked magic with Rolls Royce and Bentley motorcars.

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Your lifestyle is unique…your motorcar should be as well. When one drives a Rolls Royce or Bentley, they seek more than a mere luxury automobile. When the best isn’t good enough, there are alternatives. Automobile trends become even more transient as the styles change. A classic coachbuilt motorcar is not only rewarding to own but is also a lucrative investment.

They are distinctive by design and are the absolute epitome of exclusivity and supremacy – these classic motorcars became legends in their own time. HJ Mulliner and Park Ward are illustrious artisans who created automotive history. Every MPW transformation appreciates positively in value and prestige. A coach-crafted motorcar is built painstakingly meticulous, slowly and precisely as required to meet the highly bespoke expectations of the client. A classic custom crafted Rolls Royce or Bentley is rich with character and presence that will always remain unique because each is a one of a kind masterpiece –


These automotive masterpieces are extremely rare. A Special thanks goes out to the caretakers of the world: Rodd Sala at Park Ward Motors Museum, Vantage Motorworks Inc, JD Classics, Daniel Donovan Classics UK, Balmoral UK, and Daniel Schmitt & Co for the use of these lovely photographs from their archives.

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The new Rolls Royce Phantom Drophead coupe


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NotoriousLuxury…”Nil fato relinquemus”

2015 Rolls Royce Phantom Limelight Collection “All the World’s A Stage”

Posted in Ecstasy, Editorials, Extreme Luxury, Grande Marque, Luxury Sedans, Rolls Royce, Rolls Royce Historical, Signature Series, Symbol with tags , , , , , , , , on May 1, 2015 by 99MilesPerHour


Rolls Royce is the pinnacle of supremacy and exclusivity in ultra-luxury motorcars…each is a highly bespoke masterpiece expressing the individuality of its owner’s good taste. This is why no two Rolls Royce motorcars are ever alike. The word “Phantom” evokes elegance…opulence…decadent luxury. The Phantom epitomizes Rolls Royce in a discreetly notorious manner. It has always been the most luxurious hand-crafted limousine in the Rolls Royce model hierarchy.

So what could be even more exclusive? A Rolls Royce limited edition. It is the ultimate in Rolls Royce individuality; it meets the requirements of the owner who prefers an automobile of particular distinction. One such luxurious limited edition is the Limelight Collection for the 2015 model year. Only 25 of these unique saloons will be built for world-wide distribution. It was introduced at the 2015 Shanghai Auto Show.


“All the world’s a stage…” 

These provocative saloons go the extra mile for the high-profile personas that travel as they work. Personal accoutrements and added conveniences are paramount to an important personality on the go while in between engagements. This is “home” in these hectic circumstances. The designers created the Limelight Collection targeting a select group of people who spend their lives in the public eye. Price is in the $650,000 neighborhood…but then, if one must ask the price, they are evidently not clientele suitable for this masterwork – 

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“Sumptuously elegant…decadently luxurious”

These ultra-exclusive saloons provide comfort as top priority. The Phantom Suite offers a new and unique luxury seating configuration. It seats four…and only four. Rolls Royce engineers and ergonomists worked closely with the medical profession to establish optimum seating positions that relax the body most while traveling. In luxury saloons such as these, it’s the rear passenger compartment that makes the difference.

At the touch of a button, the rear seats recline the body 27″ helping the head to rest upon the head restraint cushion. The lower body is pampered by a new calf rest that raises 68″ for support. The carpeted footrest raises 30″ from the floor allowing the occupant to stretch out in total comfort. These all contribute to a totally relaxed posture while in motion. This is a requisite for the high-profile individual who spends a great deal of time traveling from one engagement to another. The rear compartment of a Rolls Royce Phantom is another world of unparalleled luxury and discretion.


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“Exclusively distinctive…”

Rolls Royce is synonymous with bespoke. Personalized panniers for both genders located in the rear doors open effortlessly at the push of the hand. They may be ordered to suit whatever personal possessions they are required to accommodate. 

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Concealed fragrance holders are available for three individual bottles. The hand-made perfume bottles from the famous Bresle Valley in North West France ensure the passenger has his/her fragrance as required. Another concealed panel holds watches and jewelry. A bottom left pocket houses a universal vanity pouch made of the finest materials to hold credit cards, business cards, make up, etc. Accessory Z-Boxes constructed of carbon fiber milled in aluminium and hand covered in the finest leather complete the door pannier. Sky is the limit when it comes to personalization, as long as it is legal and conforms to the beauty of a Rolls Royce motorcar – 


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“Aesthetically exclusive…”

The Limelight Collection offers a choice of two distinctive interior trims as well as several new bespoke features to further enhance individuality. Complex embroidery in a diamond quilted stitching augments the upholstery seat flutes, door cards, rear console, and folding table backs.

The Light contrast scheme features Seashell and Navy Blue contrast leather with Seashell tone on tone stitching. The Dark contrast scheme offers Navy Blue and Seashell contrast leather with Navy Blue tone on tone stitching.


A Limelight Collection signature feature is a two-veneer wood treatment. These unique veneers demonstrate the prowess of the wood workers at Rolls Royce. Piano Seashell is used on the door garnish rails blending with the leather color schemes. Smoked Chestnut completes the color scheme; this is the first time this veneer has been used in a Rolls Royce Phantom.

A specifically crafted timepiece for the Limelight Collection is color coordinated to the rich Gala Blue exterior and the diamond quilted design from the interior.



“A true Rolls Royce Flagship in every respect”

This exquisite motorcar is finished in Gala Blue, another signature feature of the Limelight Collection. The Seashell and Navy Blue hand-painted diamond motive coachlines simulates a three-dimensional illusion of a diamond bracelet draped over the surface of the car. The finishing touch is the unique nine-spoke aluminium alloy wheels. 



The chauffeur gets a secret thrill driving this luxury barouche. The Phantom saloon from the Limelight Collection is powered by the Rolls Royce 6.8 litre 48-valve DOHC V12 engine with variable valve control. The engine produces 453 hp @ 5,350 rpm with 719 Nm of peak torque @ 3,500 rpm. Longitudinal acceleration is rated as 0-60 mph in 5.8 seconds. It is mated to an 8-speed ZF electronic automatic transmission.

The Phantom is a large front engine rear drive saloon built using monocoque construction of integral steel with aluminium doors, bonnet, boot, and front wings. It is fitted with an independent 4-wheel suspension. The front suspension is equipped with double wishbones. The rear uses a multi-link set up.

Its technology includes 4-wheel disc brakes with ABS. A sophisticated automatic leveling system keeps the Phantom at optimum height regardless of load or road conditions. Speed sensitive power steering aids the Phantom’s effortless overall operation.


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A Rolls Royce is designed to defend itself. Its security system includes a panic alarm, immobilizer, and a Spirit of Ecstasy hood ornament that retracts into the radiator grille when the system is activated or when it is tampered with.




Only 25 Phantoms will be available world-wide for the Limelight Collection. Authentic luxury is only achieved through ultimately understanding the needs and desires of the world’s most discerning patrons. These highly bespoke masterpieces express the individuality of their owner’s good taste. Comfort and convenience meets the requirements of the owner who prefers an automobile of particular distinction. Rolls Royce continues to be the pinnacle of exclusivity and supremacy in the world of ultra-luxury motorcars. Limited editions such as the Limelight Collection exemplifies this exclusivity to an even higher degree and are available only to a successful few…

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Photos courtesy of the Rolls Royce Media Club


Rolls Royce Phantom Showcase

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1928 Phantom I

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1936 Phantom III Sedanca deVille 1

1936 Rolls Royce Phantom III Sedanca deVille

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Phantom V with James Young Coachwork

Rolls Royce Phantom V with James Young Coachwork

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Restored by Jack Barclay London in 1997

 1964 Phantom V restored by Jack Barclay, London UK in 1997

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Phantom VI (1968-1990) 374 built photo courtesy Conceptcarz

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A slammed 2010 Rolls Royce Phantom by Junction Produce

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Park Ward Touring Saloon

Rolls Royce Park Ward Touring Saloon

Celestial Phantom 1

Rolls Royce Celestial Phantom

Celestial Phantom 2

Louis XIII Hotels Phantom Fleet

From the Louis XIII Hotels Rolls Royce Phantom Fleet in Macau

Pinnacle Travel Phantom

Rolls Royce Pinnacle Travel Phantom

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Silver Wraith II

The incomparable Rolls Royce Silver Wraith II

Spirit of Ecstasy 2

The Black Bison from Wald International

The Black Bison from Wald International

Silver Seraph

Rolls Royce Silver Seraph

Phantom Series I top Phantom V bottom

Phantom Series I top… Phantom V bottom

Greg is CARazy as you can see…but I love it!

I am CARazy as you can see…but I love it!

Rolls Royce Formal Stretch Limousines

Posted in Classic Exotic Luxury, Extreme Luxury, Luxury Sedans, Rolls Royce, Symbol with tags , , , , on December 3, 2014 by 99MilesPerHour

These are limousines of unparalleled luxury

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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 hand-crafted 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 than a Rolls Royce.  A Robert Jankel stretch is the quintessential Flagship. The Rolls Royce Silver Spur is transformed into the ultimate in chauffeur driven limousines. Mulliner Park Ward also created automotive masterworks. These are some of the last hand-crafted limousines of this type. The Silver Spur long wheelbase platform was the perfect base for limousines of distinction.

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The Silver Spur factory limousines are the last hand-crafted Rolls Royce of this type. 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. They are highly bespoke saloons of distinction with no two ever alike which is a Rolls Royce hallmark. They each reflect the personal tastes of the owner 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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Robert Jankel was a very successful name when it came to custom coach building during the 1980s. From 1983 until 1989 Jankel was officially authorized to build stretched versions of the Spirit of Ecstasy Limousines. These highly bespoke saloons were available through Rolls Royce dealers.

Robert Jankel Design hand-crafted the “Limousine II” that is a 44” stretch available on Rolls Royce and Bentley platforms. The transformation was executed into the center portion of the vehicle leaving all four doors stock. These saloons are the pinnacle of Rolls Royce eloquence. They are equipped as true limousines should be complete with a television built into the console, entertainment systems, and multi-media equipment. The specifications vary because of their bespoke nature. These were similar to the “factory” Silver Spur Limousines built by Robert Jankel Design exclusively for Rolls Royce.

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The seven passenger 166” wheelbase Silver Spur Limousine is three feet longer than the standard Silver Spur. They are built for those who demand the epitome of chauffeur-driven luxury. The conversion carried out for Rolls Royce Motors by Robert Jankel Design took over 12 weeks to complete. This added three months to the vehicle’s six to eight month production. This elite motorcar inherited all technical advances of the Silver Spur with an additional specially designed suspension refined to particular specifications of the limousine. 

A burr walnut console houses the television, DVD, and concert hall quality audio system. A cocktail cabinet is recessed into the sides of the car which includes a cut-glass crystal decanter and glasses, and a refrigerator with separate compressor to properly chill food and beverages. A cell phone system is provided for both front and rear compartments.

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The elegance of the interior is augmented by hand-stitched leather by Connolly Brothers. The warmth of hand-polished walnut veneers enhances the ambience of luxury. Deep pile 100% wool hand-tufted carpets and lambswool rugs adds a domestic opulence. Power windows, power door locks with centralized locking feature and security system, power seats, power steering, power brakes, and automatic transmission are just a few of the myriad features and accessories standard on these Flagships. An electrically powered glass partition separates the passenger compartment for the ultimate in privacy. Both compartments are equipped with separate automatic heating and air conditioning systems.

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These prestigious automobiles are powered by the legendary Rolls Royce 6.75 litre alloy 16-valve V8 engine. They are equipped with Bosch K-jetronic fuel injection, and electronic ignition for efficiency of operation. All underpinnings and running gear for the Silver Spur were refined for the extra heavy-duty nature of a limousine.

Monocoque construction is highlighted by an independent front and rear suspension. An automatic leveling system maintains optimum ride height regardless of load or road conditions. Four-wheel disc brakes with ventilated front discs halt each wheel independently. It uses the unique Rolls Royce dual hydraulic system. The master cylinder has dual pistons with dedicated brake lines to facilitate independent front and rear brake system operation. Should one system fail, each wheel will still be halted independently.

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Different touring limousine versions were also built in cooperation with the eminent coach builder Mulliner Park Ward, Robert Jankel was the designer. The first Silver Spur Limousine was built in 1982. These versions offered 36”, 42”, and one vehicle with 14” wheelbase extensions. These cars were extended at the “B” pillar. Most of them included rear compartment “jump seats” for additional passengers.

The Park Ward Limousine is a limited edition 24” extended wheelbase version of the Silver Spur saloon. The roof is raised 2” for additional headroom. They were lengthened at the “C” pillar with an opera window added; this feature is reminiscent of the Rolls Royce Phantom V & Phantom VI saloons. The Park Ward replaced the Silver Spur Touring Limousine. The Park Ward Limousine was the last one to be officially extended at 24” and only 70 were built from 1996 until 1999.

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The 2002 Park Ward Concept

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A Rolls Royce limousine is the ultimate in exclusivity and supremacy in a motorcar. These exquisite limited editions were built at an extremely restricted pace making each a masterpiece. The admiration afforded these supreme achievements in motoring is astonishing. The extended wheelbase provides a spacious passenger compartment. Being a highly bespoke saloon, it reflects the personal tastes of the owner while retaining the craftsmanship and quality expected of a Rolls Royce motorcar. Whether it is a Robert Jankel, or Mulliner Park Ward creation, it is a Rolls Royce limousine of unparalleled distinction. These Flagship limousines are for those who seek the ultimate in chauffeur-driven luxury.

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Photos courtesy Daniel Schmitt Classic Cars

Symbol: Rolls Royce Formal Saloons

Posted in Classic Exotic Luxury, Extreme Luxury, Grande Marque, Luxury Sedans, Rolls Royce, Symbol with tags , , , , on December 1, 2014 by 99MilesPerHour

The ultimate long wheelbase saloons



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The pinnacle of luxury is a Rolls Royce with the rare factory power glass division. It is this option that transforms the Long Wheelbase saloon into a formal limousine. The Silver Wraith II was built from 1977 until 1980. It was escalated to new heights in exclusivity and supremacy, with the privacy division specification. These are the finale to one of the grandest motoring eras in automotive history. The 1980 was the last model year for the Silver Wraith II. This eminent series has the poised dignity which is the hallmark of every Rolls Royce motorcar.

The Silver Wraith II is among the rarest Rolls Royce Long Wheelbase saloons. Fitted with the privacy division makes them even more so. The Rolls Royce Silver Wraith was the first post-war model built at Crewe, and the last model to be delivered as “chassis only” form to the coachbuilder to be custom-bodied. These magnificent, highly bespoke automobiles were built from 1946 until 1959. Both formal limousines are highly sought by collectors world-wide. They are among the last Rolls Royce models to be hand-crafted at the famous Crewe facility in the UK.



The Silver Wraith II is built on the long wheelbase chassis for the Silver Shadow. The wheelbase extension adds four inches to the rear passenger compartment. Exterior signature features include a distinctive roof treatment covered in Everflex with an elegant limousine-style rear window to enhance rear seat privacy. A “RR” badge is attached to each rear sail panel. The stainless-steel wheel discs are unique to this model. A “Silver Wraith II” badge on the rear deck lid alerts the world to the fact, this is no ordinary car. Its grandeur sets it apart from other ultra-luxury saloons. The Rolls Royce Silver Wraith II is a masterpiece of hand-built craftsmanship that provides a source of pride, pleasure, and a long-term asset.


A masterpiece has a way of making time stand still. The eminent Silver Wraith II gives the act of driving a new meaning. The longer you own a Silver Wraith II Formal Limousine, the more valuable it will become. For the record…it took 10 days to hand-craft the iconic radiator grille, at least two weeks to paint, and a total of four months before every craftsman that helped, certified it as a genuine Rolls Royce motorcar –




The Formal Limousine has an interior to reflect the ultimate in comfort, convenience, and privacy. The power glass partition can be operated by the chauffeur or rear seat passenger. It is equipped with power windows, power door locks, power front seating, power steering and brakes, carpeted rear seat footrests, courtesy lighting, and a host of features and accessories to make the most of your journey. The Rolls Royce Silver Wraith II is a masterpiece of hand-built craftsmanship. The cabin is augmented by hand-crafted Lombardy Walnut veneers. Each is mirror-matched and hand-polished to a glass-like appearance that is so durable, a Fonseca can be stubbed out on its finish without leaving a trace.

The unique Rolls Royce split-level air conditioning system allows independent control of upper and lower level temperatures. Once the temperatures are set, no further intervention is required. Formal limousines with the factory division built for destinations other than the US are equipped with a second air conditioning system built into the boot to heat and cool the rear compartment exclusively.





Perfectly matched leather upholstery is hand-stitched by Connolly Brothers. There’s nothing finer than the scent of natural grain leather as it ages in a Rolls Royce. Those of you that know the breed understand what I mean! The richness of 100% wool hand-tufted Wilton deep-pile carpets line the cabin and the boot. All the time-honored materials of the coachbuilder worked slowly and patiently, largely by hand, into an elegant and completely individual motorcar.





The ingenious self-leveling system not only tames the worst pavement, it keeps the Silver Wraith II completely poised at all times regardless of load or road conditions. Engine driven pumps maintain the four-wheel independent suspension system and its power four-wheel disc braking system. It provides fade-free braking that’s straight as an arrow. The part that impresses me most is that it stops without ‘dipping’ and there is no extraneous tension involved.

The hydraulic system uses a dual-piston master cylinder with two dedicated brake lines and hardware to facilitate the independent operation of front and rear braking systems. Should one system fail, each wheel will still be halted independently.

The Silver Wraith II has precise power rack and pinion steering. Combined with the highly developed self-leveling system, it set new standards of safety and handling. This sophisticated network provides effortless operation and a positive feel of the road at all times.






The legendary 6.75 litre 16-valve alloy V8 engine provides performance that wouldn’t disgrace a sports car. It is equipped with an electronic ignition system and twin stainless-steel exhaust system with catalytic converters. The uncanny silence and lack of vibration adds to the Silver Wraith II’s extreme luxury. When you turn the ignition key the engine doesn’t roar its approval…it whispers its presence. When you shift from park to drive, the electric gear selector will not offer resistance…it merely slips into place…the legend comes to life. A Rolls Royce does everything better…






The Silver Wraith II is the long wheelbase variant of the Silver Shadow. Only 2,145 were built from 1977 until 1980. The factory division is an extremely rare option that transforms the long wheelbase saloon into a formal limousine. These Flagships were the ultimate in comfort, convenience, and privacy. The 1980 model year was the finale for this eminent series. The Silver Wraith II is another timeless classic which proves my point: A Rolls Royce precludes the restless quest for something finer to replace it with – the Silver Wraith II is a timeless pleasure to drive and a priceless asset to own. The Formal Limousine is a highly sought collectible.




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The Silver Wraith is the first post-war model built at the Crewe facility in the UK. It was built from 1946 until 1959. This is the last Rolls Royce model delivered to the coachbuilder as “chassis-only” to be fitted with an entirely bespoke bodyshell. These are formal vehicles, many of which were built as limousines. There were 1,883 built which includes 639 long wheelbase saloons.

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The wheelbase grew from 127” in 1946, and to 133 from 1951 until 1959. The last of the short wheelbase versions were built in 1953. The longer wheelbase is better suited for the power glass division. The specifications vary because of their highly bespoke nature.

The 1954 Silver Wraith has the long 133” wheelbase. The featured model is finished as a formal limousine. Its coachcrafting was done by James Young. It is one of only 29 built. This rare beauty has all-aluminium bodywork. It was built by Rolls Royce as a showcase model for the 1954 Geneva International Motor Show.

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The Silver Wraith is equipped with the 4.9 litre In-line 6-cylinder engine. This powerplant is based upon the original Wraith engine. The newer version used a new cylinder head assembly with overhead inlet valves and side exhaust valves. Initially the Silver Wraith was available with a four-speed manual gearbox. By 1952 an automatic transmission option by General Motors was available. The braking system used is a hybrid hydro-mechanical system. It is fitted with hydraulic front brakes and a mechanical servo system patented by Hispano-Suiza fitted to the rear.

The 1954 Silver Wraith was nearing the end of the coachbuilt style. This was an elegant era in motoring. A Rolls Royce projects a grandeur the average motorcar lacks.  Rolls Royce and its nose-up design followed a styling continuity, parts of which may still be seen in today’s Rolls Royce saloons. The Silver Wraith is another highly collectible saloon.

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Rolls Royce is committed to perfection. The tradition of excellence had been inherited through the generations of artisans who are dedicated to the principles Charles Stewart Rolls and Sir Frederick Henry Royce carved into stone. Their goal was to take the best and make it better. There is only one way…the right way. Every Rolls Royce is special. It is a one-of-a-kind creation therefore, no two will ever be exactly alike. Some forty years separates the original Rolls Royce Wraith and the Rolls Royce Silver Wraith II, yet much remained unchanged. The Rolls Royce marque represents a rare investment in superb technology, matchless materials, and legendary craftsmanship.

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It’s the power operated factory division that transforms the long wheelbase saloons into formal limousines. They represent the utmost in privacy and discretion. This option is for the owner who prefers a chauffeur-driven saloon with a shorter wheelbase without sacrificing luxury and privacy.


Special thanks to Rodd Sala Park Ward Motors Museum

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Special thanks to Daniel Schmitt Classic Cars




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Dedicated to the friends of Rolls Royce, Riva Yachts, and Ferrari 

Symbol: Ferrari 458 Speciale A Spider

Posted in Exotic Exotics, Ferrari, Notoriously Outrageous, Supersports, Symbol with tags , , , , , , , on November 27, 2014 by 99MilesPerHour

The quintessential supercar…


The latest chapter in the continuing saga of Prancing Horse passion is the exciting new Ferrari 458 Speciale A spider. The “A” is for Aperta that roughly translates to ‘open’ which is what this car is all about. The pinnacle of V8 powered open supersports cars is available to 499 lucky owners. The ferocious 458 series has attracted world-wide acclaim. It is the most powerful road-going V8 ever to sprint out of Maranello. Its youthful silhouette calls for a sunny day and a nice leafy run. The 458 Speciale A – as with all Ferraris – moves with tremendous verve and élan. It’s a new breed, ferocious and wild…


This Prancing Horse is for the driver that seeks extreme performance. The Ferrari 458 Speciale A was introduced October 2, 2014 at the Mondial de l’Automobile in Paris, France. What better setting than Monte Carlo on the French Riviera. Let’s take a scenic journey in this most spirited Prancing horse…I prefer the stunning views from the mountains of Nice and Menton with a panoramic view at 1,640 ft. above the coastline. You can catch a glimpse of Monaco. Just imagine this…you, your Ferrari 458 Speciale A and the Côte d’Azur. We can drive from St. Tropez to the Belle Époque aura of Cannes – the perfect setting to drop the top. Its retractable hardtop is made from aluminium and it only requires 14 seconds to deploy in either operation.



Its sculpted contemporary architecture is designed to manage the wind. A series of innovative bodywork solutions has made the 458 Speciale A the most aerodynamically efficient Ferrari spider ever. It has a drag coefficient of a mere 1.37 with high downforce (cl: 0.485) and very low drag of (CD: 0.355). Ferrari Centro Stile and the eminent coachbuilder Pininfarina of Italy designed the 458 Speciale A with moveable aerodynamics that balance downforce and cut drag. The increase in its overall downforce begins with the turning vanes on either side of the front bumper plus aerodynamic fins. The front air dam and the hump at the front of the underbody reduces pressure. This extreme open spider delivers an intense driving experience even at low speeds. Ferrari is dedicated to the emotions.

A patented Ferrari system uses two vertical flaps with a horizontal flap below them. At low speeds they remain closed, at speeds of 105+ mph the flaps open reducing air flowing into the radiators reducing drag. A small forward wing directs airflow under the car, re-balancing downforce to favor the rear end at higher speeds. A large rear spoiler creates extra downforce. Active rear flaps raise and lower electronically as needed to maintain optimum aerodynamic poise. This is the same principle as the F1 with DRS (Drag Reduction System).

Even the chassis aids the aerodynamic network. It is made from 10 aluminium alloys to combine strength without adding bulk. All of these unique innovations yield aerodynamics and vehicle dynamics to make it the well established leader in the world of supercar superlatives.


The Prancing Horse retrieves its prodigious power from the Tipo F136 alloy mid-rear mounted naturally aspirated 32-valve 4.5 litre V8 engine. It uses a dry sump system as medium of lubrication, allowing the engine to be installed deeper into the chassis, further increasing stability while lowering the car’s center of gravity. It cranks out 597 hp @ 9,000 rpm with 540 Nm of peak torque @ 6,000 rpm. It redlines @ 9,000 rpm. The engine is mated to the 7-speed dual-clutch automated F1-inspired gearbox with a manual shift provision. The Ferrari 458 Speciale A is absolutely performance oriented. This unit was refined to meet to increased engine torque demands. It delivers immediate response during gear shifts. Both upshifting and downshifting is more prompt than ever.

Longitudinal acceleration is rated as 0-60 mph in 3.2 seconds, 0-100 mph in 6.4 seconds, 0-120 mph in 8.9 seconds, and 0-200 mph in 43.7 seconds…with a top speed of 206 mph. This Prancing Horse kicks up a little dust while doing the ¼ mile @ 134 mph in 11 seconds. The formidable 458 series has won major events such as the 24 Hours de LeMans endurance race, the 24 Hours of Daytona, and the 12 hours of Sebring. It has garnered two consecutive awards for “Best Performance Engine of the Year.”


The engine is built at the factory’s in-house facility. They use the same machinery and processes as the F1 team to build complex components – with the extreme structural and dimensional characteristics required – for a naturally aspirated engine capable of cranking 9,000 rpm. Various engine components are redesigned to reduce internal friction. For example, there are new materials for connecting rod bushings and bearings.

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The crankshaft was redesigned to enhance lubrication to the main bearings. The carbon-fibre intake plenum and aluminium exhaust components are designed to reduce weight. With the use of “Diamond-Like Carbon” (DLC) for pistons increases fatigue and wear resistance. Friction is an engine’s worst enemy, with its reduction the engine’s life is extended. High-performance engines such as these are automotive masterworks.


This potent V8 engine is specifically designed to accommodate the prolific punch from its increased torque output. Its engineering is a network of complex components and infrastructure required to optimize combustion, while enhancing volumetric and mechanical efficiency across the entire rev-range. The combustion chamber was refined to enhance intake and exhaust phases. The intake features new geometry while the manifolds have shorter inlet ducts. The cylinder heads use a higher valve lift. The new cam profile increases valve lift and reduces average pressure during the pumping cycle.

The 458 Speciale A employs the latest generation electronics. Its Slide Slip Angle Control system (SSC) for added sporting flare, is a sophisticated software that computes lateral acceleration, yaw angle, steering wheel angle, and speed. The SSC computes an instantaneous analysis of vehicle dynamics resulting in smooth, controllable over-steer refining torque management and differential torque distribution between the drive wheels. This ensures maximum vehicle response times. F1-Trac traction control and third generation E-Diff 3 provides maximum stability at all speeds.

The sophisticated Magneto rheological fluid suspension control with frequency analysis and twin solenoids is constantly tuning and calibrating the ride, also aiding its stability. It provides faster response and more body control. The Frequency-Shaped (FRS SCM-E) dampers, upgraded CPU and software modifies the magnetic field every millisecond. Cornering is excellent with faster, sharper, more challenging changes in direction. This unique combination of technical features results in fast response time to inputs from the road, and steering, optimizing the extraordinary Prancing Horse experience.


The braking system for the 458 Speciale A evolved from LaFerrari. The new Extreme Design calipers, HT2 discs made from a higher content silicon, and new front pads cut braking distance 8 percent shorter than the 458 Italia. They are also more durable to facilitate its stellar performance.

The 458 Speciale A rides on specially designed Michelin tires that provide 6 percent more grip than the 458 Italia. The new Pilot Sport Cup2 tires feature a compound which boosts performance. These high-performance tires are mounted as size 245/35 ZR20 J9.0″ fitted to the front axle and size 305/30 ZR20 J11.0” fitted to the rear axle.


Keeping the Prancing Horse’s minimalist approach to supercar cabins, the 458 Speciale A is status quo. Nothing outrageous to interfere with the man/machine interface. The extensive use of carbon-fibre evokes the 21st century look. The newly designed ergonomic seats are trimmed in luxurious Alcantara in an eye-catching 3-D technical fabric with contrasting stitching. The racing inspired atmosphere and its simplicity is highlighted by the steering mounted manettino and the controls clustered around the driver within immediate sight. This concept is further enhanced by the bridge extending over the central tunnel that houses the F1 gearbox controls. All aspects of the cabin network to optimize functionality. The cabin reflects the sophistication typical of all Ferraris.




Prancing Horse Tifosi continues with the Ferrari 458 Speciale A. This exclusive supercar is available to 499 lucky enthusiasts. It inherits all superlatives from the ferocious 458 series of Ferrari’s most potent road-going V8 engine powered models. The 458 series has attracted world-wide acclaim with its sophisticated network of technology augmented by the Tipo F136 alloy, mid-rear mounted V8. This F1-inspired powerplant won two consecutive years for “Best Performance Engine of the Year.” The Ferrari 458 Speciale Aperta is another automotive masterwork that clearly proves the fact…the Prancing Horse rules –

Introducing the ferocious 458 series


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Photos courtesy Ferrari Press Club

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1962 Ferrari 250 GT Aerodinamica

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Symbol is a continuing series dedicated to the friends of Rolls Royce motorcars, Riva Yachts, and Ferrari supercars. These legends all reflect the good life…

RR and Riva



Prancing Horse

Cheers to the Prancing Horse long may it rule

Symbol: 92′ Duchessa By Riva Yachts

Posted in Extreme Luxury, Ferrari, Riva Yachts, Rolls Royce, Symbol with tags , , , , , , , , on November 24, 2014 by 99MilesPerHour

Riva creates the experience…


92’ Duchessa

Curved, racy lines harmoniously design the profile of this yacht which encloses all the elegance of Riva style in her 28 meters, as always in a solution featuring its unique, original design. 92’ Duchessa is the product of a close working relationship between Officina Italiana Design, the studio that exclusively designs all yachts in the Riva range and AYT&D – Advanced Yacht Technology & Design, the Ferretti Group’s naval research and design center. 


The large windscreen integrates perfectly in the soaring, aggressive line of the 92’ Duchessa, providing an excellent view from the pilot station, whilst the large windows of the upper deck guarantee as much light as possible filters through to the salon and luncheon area. The chromatic balance between the warm shades of the black American walnut embellished with hand-sewn, leather inserts used for the furniture and bulkheads, and the white varnished wood of the flooring, replaced with white stone in marble powder in the dining area makes this environment both welcoming and comfortable.


The slightly raised pilot station is equipped with last generation instruments, and features a comfortable dinette for the crew with direct access to the flybridge and galley, the latter of which is completely accessorized and set lower on an intermediary level. A utility room has been created under the pilot station, where additional household appliances can be fitted. Alternatively, it can be used as a storage area.


At bow, the galley provides access to the three crew cabins, all with in-suite bathrooms. They can accommodate a total of five people, i.e. a captain and four crew members. Definition of a completely separate area for on-board staff, accessible directly through the two doors which open out onto the side gangways, guarantees total privacy for owners and their guests. Moreover, the low set galley and crew rooms have made it possible to optimize the space available in the lower salon, too, to create four large cabins amidships.

Guest Cabin

Guest suite

Master Bedroom

The wide master cabin is located astern, but separated from the engine room by the remote control area accessed from the cockpit and the large, full beam bathroom located behind the bed. Fitted with a shower and Jacuzzi, said bathroom guarantees total comfort and quietness. The owner cabin features a walk-in wardrobe and vanity unit, and is well-lit by two large, rectangular windows fitted on either side. Portholes at each end make it possible to air the environment naturally. Another two pairs of twin windows light the two guest cabins and the VIP cabin, too, not negatively influencing the outer design of the yacht, but rather integrating into it perfectly.

The two twin guest cabins, featuring parallel beds, are set amidships and the windows ensure they are well-lit, while towards the bow, the VIP cabin is also full beam, almost making it another master cabin. All the cabins feature in-suite bathrooms, whilst the day bathroom is on the upper floor.


Master Bath

V.I.P. Cabin

V.I.P. cabin


The classical cockpit features a large teak table which can seat up to eight, thanks to a comfortable sofa and four folding chairs, the latter of which can be stored in the base of the table. An elegant stairway to the right provides easy access to the flybridge.  A second, smaller living-room has been created at bow, where a teak table with a six-seater sofa and the sundeck are located, the latter has been enlarged to accommodate up to four people and can be shaded by an awning with easy manual opening.


Salon 1

Fly Lounge

A brand new feature on a Riva model, the flybridge is surmounted by a fiberglass hard top, whose sharp line inclined towards bow gives continuity to the yacht’s general profile, making her more aerodynamic and elegant. Moreover, the special advanced shape of the hard top makes it possible to use the layout of the flybridge better, providing shade from the sun’s rays sun at the pilot station and a small living-area, formed of two sofas and a teak table able to seat up to eight.

A centrally fitted Jacuzzi, which can be replaced by a smart mobile bar in the optional version separates it from the sundeck. The grill and wash basin, on the other hand, are set towards stern, in order to make sure owners and their guests are disturbed as little as possible. Moreover, the size of the flybridge means it can be equipped with a tender measuring up to 4.20 m in length, handled using a small crane.



Salon 2

Another special feature of this model is the garage. Closed by a folding door, it can house a tender measuring max. 3.20 m or a jet-ski. When lowered, a chaise-lounge on runners can be placed inside the garage, creating another area for relaxation, suspended directly over the water. Two ARG 4000 stabilizers guarantee the stability of the yacht both when moored and at sea, whilst the exclusive advanced entertainment system enables those aboard to play the same videos and music in both the salon and master cabin.

The opportunity to choose from a wide range of fabrics specially studied by Riva’s Style Office and add commercially available items to the furnishings, make the 92’ Duchessa an out-and-out semi-custom megayacht, able to respond to the requirements of the most demanding owners.


Riva and Ferretti Group The Ferretti Group, a world leader in the design, construction and marketing of luxury motor yachts, has an unparalleled portfolio of eight exclusive and prestigious brands, each with its own distinctive and unique features including Ferretti Yachts, Pershing, Itama, Bertram, Riva, Mochi Craft, CRN and Ferretti Custom Line. Established in 1968 by Norberto Ferretti and led by Chairman Tan Xuguang and by the Chief Executive Officer Ferruccio Rossi, the Group operates a series of state-of-the-art production centers in Italy and in the United States, which integrate industrial production efficiency with unsurpassed attention to detail, typical of the artisan tradition of Italian craftsmanship.


The Group is also present in the USA through its subsidiary Ferretti Group America, which manages a network of Service Points specializing in the distribution and sale of Group brands throughout the North-American market, and in Asia through Ferretti Group Asia-Pacific Ltd., based in Hong Kong, as well as an office of representation and promotion in Shanghai.  Moreover, a specialized network of approximately 60 selected dealers grants the Ferretti Group’s presence in over 80 countries, thereby ensuring Clients receive the very best customer service and support in marinas throughout the world.


The Group has always been at the top of the yachting industry, due to constant product and process innovation and continuous research in innovative technology solutions. The Group’s comprehensive portfolio of yachts include flybridges, runabouts, open yachts, coupe yachts, lobster boats, fisherman yachts, maxi yachts and mega-yachts that are designed by highly specialized technicians, engineers and designers at the Advanced Yacht Technology & Design research and design center, who continuously develop and combine aesthetic, functional and innovative design solutions.

The team is constantly developing its internal expertise while working together with internationally renowned yacht designers and naval architects. As a result, Ferretti Group’s motor yachts have always been characterized by high quality, best – in – class safety features, outstanding performance at sea; together with exclusive designs and timeless elegance, which are unparalleled in the boating sector worldwide.

Symbol is dedicated to the friends of Rolls Royce motorcars, Riva Yachts, and Ferrari supercars. When you have acquired at least one of each…you are “there…”

Ghost 1

Rolls Royce Ghost Series I courtesy Rolls Royce Media Club

Ghost 5

Ghost 6

Ghost 2

Silver Cloud III 1

Classic Rolls Royce Silver Cloud III courtesy Daniel Schmitt Classic Cars

Silver Cloud III 2

Scaglietti 1

Ferrari Scaglietti

Scaglietti 2

Scaglietti 3

Scaglietti 4

Scaglietti 5


Photos courtesy Ferrari Media Club


Special thanks to The Ferretti Group 


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