The latest Bespoke model to come out of Rolls-Royce factory in Goodwood, England, is a unique version of the Phantom created, according to the manufacturer, for “ that select group of people who spend their lives in the public eye and on the world stage.” The Rolls-Royce Phantom Limelight Collection, then, is not so much a car as a unique state of being.
But let’s put the philosophy behind this car and where it’s got its name aside for a moment and see what sets Rolls-Royce Phantom Limelight Collection apart from similar offerings by the British luxury maker. On the outside, this model comes with a stealthy Gala Blue paint work paired with unique nine-spoke alloy wheels and Seashell and Navy Blue hand-painted coachline with a diamond motif.
Stepping inside, the celebrated person who owns the car will be greeted with two-veneer Smoked Chestnut wooden trims, Seashell with Navy Blue Contrast Leather and Seashell tone-on-tone stitching and complex embroidery inspired by a diamond shape, in homage to the legacy of great Rolls-Royce motor cars of the past, on to the central seat flutes, door cards, rear console and for the first time to the Picnic Table backs.
Rolls-Royce Phantom Limelight Collection also benefits from a number of exclusive and ‘Bespoke’ features such as aircraft-style flat-bed seat in the rear with pre-defined angles to support the head and the calf and other body parts in optimum position, a universal vanity pouch, Concealed Fragrance Holder for three individual fragrances complete with fragrance bottles, and Ladies’ and Gentleman’s Accessory Z-Boxes.
And as for the name and philosophy: “Its name was inspired by the origin of a British invention which became synonymous with fame. The limelight effect was originally discovered in the 1820s by Sir Goldsworthy Gurney, a prototypical British gentleman scientist and inventor of the Victorian era. It was harnessed to revolutionise illumination in the theatres of London’s Covent Garden, highlighting leading actors on the stage, thus leading to the phrase, ‘in the limelight’.”