Take a look at how the super-rich customised their Rolls-Royces in 2020

Peek inside the world of one-of-a-kind cars created by the Rolls-Royce Bespoke Collective

Monday, 18th January 2021, 4:00 pm
Updated Monday, 18th January 2021, 4:18 pm
Examples of the Rolls-Royce Bespoke Collective's work in 2020

A Rolls-Royce is, by any standards, an exclusive vehicle. Each year the company sells in the region of just 5,000 cars and with prices starting at more than £230,000 they remain the preserve of only the very wealthy.

But for some people that level of exclusivity isn’t enough and that is why Rolls-Royce’s Bespoke Collective exists.

This team of designers and craftspeople will take a “standard” Roller and customise it precisely to an individual owner’s specification to create a one-of-a-kind machine. From paint and upholstery to dashboard design and even speaker grilles, the super-wealthy can ensure that their Phantom, Ghost, Wraith, Dawn or Cullinan is unique.

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CANVAS: PHANTOM, WRAITH, DAWN, CULLINAN│MEDIUM: PAINT The ‘Dusk in Tokyo Collection’, comprising Phantom, Wraith, Dawn and Cullinan, celebrates Japan’s capital city. A complex, multi-faceted white paint, eponymously named ‘Dusk in Tokyo’, characterises the coastal metropolis’ high-rise glass and concrete buildings bathed in the warm light of early dusk. Containing aluminium and mica flakes, the refractive paint creates subtle tones in low light. The Black Leather interior, punctuated by Rose Gold Bespoke Audio grilles and on Phantom, the fascia’s Rose Gold clock case, depicts the contrast of long, dark shadows of the city’s tall buildings with flourishes of the last reaches of the waning sun on glass. Leading the transition from day to night is the Spirit of Ecstasy, presented in Rose Gold for the first time in Japan, representing the setting of the sun.

Now, Rolls-Royce Bespoke has revealed images of some of the cars it worked on in 2020 along with details of each commission from the design team.

CANVAS: PHANTOM │MEDIUM: GALLERY The Phantom’s hermetically sealed Gallery [dashboard fascia] makes it possible to incorporate natural materials in a way never before possible in a motor car. In 2020, the Phantom ‘Iridescent Opulence’ took this approach to soaring new heights. Featuring a truly Bespoke artwork which debuted as a concept in 2017, ‘Iridescent Opulence’ was created in partnership with Swiss materials specialist Nature Squared. The result is inspired by nature; a Gallery that houses over 3,000 sustainably sourced iridescent tail feathers, each shaped individually to accentuate their sheen and rich hue. These were hand-sewn onto an open pore fabric in a design that emanates outwards from the shimmering, iridescent Mother of Pearl casing around the clock at the heart of the Gallery. The interior is completed with a Bespoke embroidery to the rear waterfall and silver inlays on the picnic tables.
CANVAS: PHANTOM EXTENDED │MEDIUM: EMBROIDERY Complex Bespoke embroideries of a stallion embellish the interior rear doors of this elegant Phantom Extended. Signifying strength and an unremitting enthusiasm to progress, the embroidery of the steed was developed from a sketch, presented to the Rolls-Royce Bespoke Design Collective, by a Chinese client with a very clear vision.
CANVAS: DAWN, WRAITH, CULLINAN │MEDIUM: BESPOKE COLOUR PALETTE The Rolls-Royce Bespoke Collective developed a new and dynamic colour palette, named ‘Neon Nights’, in a limited run of just four of each colour. The three brightly coloured hues, each inspired by the natural world, consisted of Lime Rock Green, a near-luminous hue naturally found on the Australian green tree frog, Eagle Rock Red, which mimics the flowers of ‘Ōhi‘a lehua, an evergreen tree native to Hawaii, and Mirabeau Blue which takes inspiration from Central and South America’s exotic butterfly, the Rhetus periander.
CANVAS: WRAITH │MEDIUM: EMBROIDERY, AIR-BRUSHED PAINT Wraith ‘Inspired By Earth’ takes its design cues from the entire Solar System, and our own planet, as seen from space. The Royal Blue exterior references the water that covers 75 per cent of the Earth’s surface while an air-brushed bonnet artwork depicts a satellite view of the Middle Eastern region centred on the United Arab Emirates. A hand-painted Emerald Green coachline incorporates the Sun and the eight planets of the Solar System. The seats are made from Moccasin leather to mimic the sands of the Emirates’ deserts; Navy and Cobalto Blue accents are suggestive of rivers and lakes, and Emerald Green piping symbolises nature in all its forms. The rear ‘waterfall’ features atmospheric clouds rendered in minutely detailed embroidery using Photoflash technology. The fascia is embellished with a skilfully air-brushed satellite image of the Middle East. The Bespoke Starlight Headliner is embroidered to illustrate all the planets of the Solar System, centred on the Sun. Other Bespoke details include treadplates, a clock with metal radial background, and inlays showing the planets in silver, with planet Earth accentuated in gold.
CANVAS: WRAITH │MEDIUM: BESPOKE DETAILING The Wraith Kryptos Collection is embellished with a cipher concealed in the Collection’s Bespoke detailing. Limited to just 50 motor cars, clients are invited to decode messages found within the Bespoke elements of the motor car’s interior and exterior. An engraving with green enamel detailing on the Spirit of Ecstasy figurine depicts the word KRYPTOS, in code. These seven deciphered characters, in addition to the translation of the embroidered double-R found on the headrests, will aid clients on their journey of discovery as they begin to identify these letters on Wraith Kryptos’ screen printed metal fascia. Wraith Kryptos’ Bespoke exterior hue consists of a solid Anthracite base colour with blue and green mica flakes. Inside, a Bespoke Kryptos Green leather is set against either Selby Grey or Anthracite. A beautifully elaborate, bi-coloured headliner depicts an in-motion data-stream inspired motif which is accentuated by the illuminated door pockets.
CANVAS: CULLINAN │MEDIUM: PAINT, STARLIGHT HEADLINER, EMBROIDERY Cullinan proved the perfect canvas for a series of four individual Bespoke commissions dedicated to legendary Russian mountains: ‘Elbrus’, ‘Krasnaya Polyana’, ‘Golden Mountains’ and ‘Klyuchevskaya Sopka’. The Iced Black Diamond, Iced Gunmetal Steel, Midnight Sapphire Blue and Premiere Silver exterior hues are inspired by frosty peaks and are complemented by darkened chrome exterior detailing on each of the Cullinans. Inside, a map of Russia is depicted on the Starlight Headliner while mountain peaks are embroidered on the headrests. The engraved sill plates of each car bear an inscription naming the mountain region that inspired its design, as well as the height of the highest peak in each region.
CANVAS: DAWN │MEDIUM: AERO COWLING The Dawn Silver Bullet collection cuts a dash with a unique Aero Cowling and ultra-metallic Brewster Silver Paint, in a vibrant nod to the epic Rolls-Royce trials cars of the past. The four-seat Rolls-Royce Drophead is transformed into an adaptable two-seat roadster by the addition of the rakish Aero Cowling with vapour-blasted titanium finisher, heightening the Collection’s sense of speed and purpose. Limited to just 50 examples worldwide, the Aero Cowling windbreak proudly displays the Silver Bullet name and silhouette.
CANVAS: BLACK BADGE│MEDIUM: COLOUR A Collection of two Black Badge Dawns and nine Black Badge Wraiths were commissioned for the United Arab Emirates. Boasting bold colour combinations and technical fibre, the Sportive Collection encapsulates Black Badge’s expressive and unapologetic nature. In an innovative first for Rolls-Royce, the interior features a technical fibre fascia that has been intertwined with a coloured weave to match the vibrant exterior colour combinations. The hand-painted Coachlines feature a unique ‘Sportive’ motif, while woven-leather door panniers and engraved Bespoke audio frets further add to the dynamic ambience of the Collection.
CANVAS: PHANTOM │MEDIUM: COLOUR Commissioned by a Texan Rolls-Royce collector, this contemporary Phantom is finished in Arctic White with a double coachline and double pinstripe in Hotspur Red, indicative of the bold interior colourway. Inside, Hotspur Red paints an arresting scene as every surface, from the lambswool floor mats, privacy curtains to even the luggage compartment, is finished in this vibrant Bespoke colour. The ‘Lakeshore Aurora’ Gallery is designed and created by the Rolls-Royce Bespoke Collective.