2013 IAA: Rolls-Royce Celestial Phantom celebrates a decade of the renaissance [Live Photos]

Article by Christian A., on September 13, 2013

Rolls-Royce has recently unveiled the Celestial Phantom, a one-off motor car that celebrates a decade of the renaissance of Rolls-Royce Motor Cars under BMW Group custodianship. The Celestial Phantom is elegant and evokes a lightness of touch that Goodwood’s designers and craftspeople have come to be known for.

On Jan. 1, 2003, the first Phantom was rolled out from its newly completed manufacturing plant, signifying the start of a new chapter in the marque’s history.

The Celestial Phantom has an exterior colour scheme that’s inspired by the night sky. Fine glass particles have been added to the paint to attain an attractive sense of depth and light. This theme continues to the interior of this very special Phantom Extended Wheelbase.

Its cabin comes with a redesigned Starlight Headliner, a Bespoke feature that is very popular with Rolls-Royce customers.

The Celestial Phantom’s headlining has more than a thousand fibre optic lights to represent the constellations. The finest leathers have a ‘Dusk’ hue similar to the inky quality of a cloudless night sky. Another highlight to this car is its bespoke glassware and a very elegant picnic set.

The South Downs Planetarium has verified that the night-sky constellation arrangement is authentic. The extreme attention to detail is also evident in the ‘stars’ in the surface of the rear drinks compartment lid and in the hand-stitching to the headliner that shows the constellations.

Only the finest materials are used for a Rolls-Royce vehicle. The designers placed four diamonds on the rear privacy divider’s clock. The wheel centers have some engraving.

A Spirit of Ecstasy figurine adds to the ethereal theme of the car. It features glassware that represents a themed re-imaging of the famed Rolls-Royce Picnic Set. The set’s plates, which have an exquisitely illustrated image of the constellations, were supplied by porcelain maker Nymphenburg.

Rolls-Royce thought of designing the Phantom similar to creating a popular classical music piece. By doing so, they could reinterpret the design without giving up on the essence that defines it.

Like a piece of music that inspires, the Rolls-Royce Phantom keeps on delighting all. Well-known melodies of classical design motifs that one can trace through the vehicle’s generations are conceived and created by an ensemble of artisans working at the Rolls-Royce home in Goodwood, where the finest attention to every delightful detail falls on every automobile.

Recognisable refrains start with the renowned Spirit of Ecstasy, honourably ornamenting every model's Pantheon grille, as it leans into the wind with a flowing gown. While in silhouette, all models in the Phantom family have a lengthy rear overhang and traditional two-to-one wheel to body ratio for height.

The slender, rimmed steering wheel is similar to the gracefully designed multi-use helms of the Phantom II and III, and touches, like the bulls-eye vents and plungers, further suggest at masterpieces of the past.

The modern design touches will also enchant customers and anyone who appreciates looking at a Rolls-Royce. For example, the interlocking double-R Rolls-Royce logo in the hubcaps stay vertical all the time. And it has soft-close doors that have Teflon-coated umbrellas, providing the most impressive way to disembark from any vehicle, no matter the weather.

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