We are now saying farewell to an icon in the world of bespoke automotive luxury – the Rolls-Royce Phantom VII. In the market since 2003, the Rolls-Royce Phantom VII has become a true legend, and the British carmaker is not waving goodbye to its most precious creation without making a loud noise.
Following finishing touches at Rolls-Royce’s manufacturing facility, the last of the Phantom VIIs – an extended wheelbase version -- is ready to be delivered to its owner, renowned collector of Rolls-Royce vehicles. Definitely, the last Phantom VII is a collector’s item as it marked the end of the first chapter of the Rolls-Royce Phantom under BMW ownership, while ushering the way to another generation of this iconic luxury vehicle.
Having a Phantom in the garage is a sign of the owner’s high pedigree. After all, the Phantom is considered to be a four-wheel manifestation of true wealth as well as power. Its seventh generation, the Phantom VII has been the symbol of true bespoke luxury. In fact, when the Phantom VII was first offered in 2003, clients could choose from a palette of 44,000 paint colors, and specify any leather color. In the past 13 years of existence of the Phantom VII, each example is a study in luxury. The same is true for the last of the Phantom VIIs.
The final Phantom VII comes with a maritime theme. On the exterior, the final Phantom VII features a stunningly elegant Blue Velvet finish. It also features a twin coachline with ocean liner motif to the shoulder. These elegant elements are further accented by the luxury sedan’s pinstripe tires and the solid silver Spirit of Ecstasy.
Inside, the final Phantom VII exudes a whole new level of luxury, customization and attention-to-detail. Since the client has a deep fascination with the design and iconography of the 1930s, the refined marquetry (or woodwork) inside the final Phantom VII has been crafted to depict a stylized ocean liner in the final Phantom VII. The interior also features Powder Blue leather, which has been accented by tone-on-tone embroidery that evokes the movement of the sea. In addition, the clocks in the front cabin and the partition wall feature a design similar to that of the radio clocks on grand ocean liners. The main clock features bezels with 24 time zones, thereby evoking HG Well’s time machine. The floor of the interior is covered in lambs-wool carpets with a hand-cut wake effect.
Of course, the era of the Phantom isn’t slated to end. The end of one generation paves way for the introduction of the next. In fact, Rolls-Royce has already confirmed that it has commenced the decommissioning of the Phantom production line but is getting for the Phantom VIII, which would be underpinned by an aluminum architecture.