Special edition Phantom Coupe features aero-inspired trim and a matt finished bonnet
17 August 2012

Rolls-Royce has announced a special edition of its Phantom Coupe. The Rolls-Royce Phantom Coupe Aviator Edition has been unveiled at the Pebble Beach Quail gathering in California.

The Phantom Coupe Aviator Edition features a matt window and grille surround and bonnet. Inside, changes include a Thommen aviation clock with blood orange needles. The mahogany veneer lower fascia carries sapele highlights and polished stainless steel trim.

Rolls-Royce will build 35 Aviator Edition models. They have been inspired by keen aviator and Rolls-Royce co-founder, Charles Rolls and the Supermarine S6B which competed in the Schnider Trophy, an air race held near Rolls-Royce’s factory between 1931 and 1933. The Rolls-Royce connection is the V12 supercharged R-Type aero engine that powered the Supermarine planes in 1929 and 1931.

Other S6B-inspired features include an anodised aluminium transmission tunnel with exposed torx bolts and swage lines that echo the oil cooling veins on the plane’s fuselage. The Aviator marks the first time Rolls-Royce Motor Cars has drawn on the aircraft side of the business.

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17 August 2012

The Rolls-Royce engined Supermarine S5/S6/S6B won the Schneider Trophy in 1927, 1929 and 1931. The last two pre-war races took place in 1929 and 1931 in the Solent but the 1927 race was held in Italy. None of these were anywhere near a Rolls-Royce factory.

The Hon CS Rolls had little to do with Rolls-Royce apart from early marketing. Rolls-Royce employees always talk of working at Royce's.

Apart from licenced use of the trademark, BMW's Rolls-Royce has no connection with the real Rolls-Royce company. or it's history.

17 August 2012

The release and this story also skirt round the thing Rolls is most remembered for when it comes to his pioneering career in aviation, namely that he was this country's first aviation casualty after coming a cropper during a display.

17 August 2012

Looks like a very 70's inspired dashboard. I would expect something just a tad more hi-tech.



17 August 2012

The matt finished windscreen frame just looks wrong and the wood dash looks like my late grandfather's old radiogram. Why buy this car rather than an Aston Martin or Bentley?


I'm a disillusioned former Citroëniste.


17 August 2012

This particular model does seem somewhat contrived.  I would have expected Rolls-Royce marketing to come up with something better than this.

17 August 2012

Not sure that I would go for this dash though I think it may look better with the wood above the alloy rather than the other way around.

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