ROLLS-ROYCE PRESENTS PHANTOM COUPÉ AVIATOR COLLECTION







Published by Gerald Ferreira Date: August 17, 2012
Categories: Rolls Royce, Rolls Royce Phantom

Inspired by Charles Stewart Rolls and the legend of the Schneider  Trophy-winning Supermarine S6B (powered by a Rolls-Royce R Type  engine), Rolls-Royce Motor Cars proudly present the Phantom Coupé  Aviator Collection. The collection celebrates the spirit of human  endeavour that drove a very British hero and subsequently led  Rolls-Royce to simultaneous world speed records on land, air and in  the water.

phantom coupe aviator collection

The first in the collection of 35 Phantom Coupé Aviator Collection  models – which feature a suite of exclusive design concepts, colour  combinations and new materials – debuts today at the Pebble Beach  Quail gathering in the United States.

“Our founding forefather Charles Stewart Rolls was a pioneer who  pushed the boundaries of motoring and aviation to the limit,” said  Torsten Müller-Ötvös, Rolls-Royce CEO. “With our exclusive Phantom  Coupé Aviator Collection we celebrate this great British hero,  presenting a car which hints at experiments in early flight married to  the best engineering, modern design and exquisitely crafted materials.  The collection takes Rolls-Royce Bespoke to new levels of subtle, yet  beautiful detailing.”

phantom coupe aviator collection inside

Finished in Aviator Grey, the Phantom Coupé Aviator Collection  features a contrasting matt bonnet, window and grille surround while  inside, the interplay of wood and metal hint strongly at a cockpit  theme. A Thommen, aviation-grade clock with blood orange needle tips  is embedded in the metal foil upper fascia, complemented by matt black  dials for power reserve, speedometer and fuel gauges.

The lower fascia is veneered in mahogany, painstakingly shaped by  craftspeople just as the early record-setting propellers were  fashioned and features Sapele contrast. Polished stainless steel  veneer ‘onlays’ with bullet-shaped ends are designed to match floor  mat fixings.

Between 1931 and 1933 the Schneider Trophy was held in the South of  England, soaring over the Solent and the Witterings in West Sussex, a  location no more than 10 miles from the current Home of Rolls-Royce  Motor Cars in Goodwood, England. Collection cars celebrate the  victorious S6B aircraft with transmission tunnel in anodised aluminium  with exposed torx fixings and swage lines that echo the oil cooling  veins on the S6B fuselage side. These highlights are repeated on  collection car armrests.

The leather-lined glove compartment includes an embossed Charles  Rolls quote following his first flight with the Wright Brothers in  1908: “The power of flight is as a fresh gift from the Creator,    the greatest treasure yet given to man.” A centre console  chrome plaque describes Rolls – only the second man in Britain to hold  a pilot’s licence – simply as Pioneer Aviator, below a representation  of his sweeping signature.

Fitted with leather floor mats, Aviator Collection cars have also  been designed to incorporate the Rolls-Royce of cup holders.  Beautifully engineered in highly polished aluminium, the designer’s  aim was to deliver functionality, but with that special combination of  theatre and jewellery, both of which are expected by every Rolls-Royce client.