Break Out the Bubbly: Rolls-Royce Phantom Zenith Collection is Britain's Finest Hour

Steph Willems
by Steph Willems
break out the bubbly rolls royce phantom zenith collection is britain s finest hour

Like a Dreadnought-class battleship, the current generation of the hulking and insanely lavish Rolls-Royce Phantom is being mothballed, but it gets one final hurrah.

The folks behind the Spirit of Ecstasy are busy building — sorry, “crafting” — the ultimate Drophead Coupé and Phantom Coupé vehicles before those models slip the surly bonds of earth.

Just 50 will be made, and Rolls is naming the bespoke collection after those big 1970s televisions you saw in the back pages of National Geographic.

You don’t just buy a Zenith Collection Phantom — you “commission” them, not unlike the aforementioned battleship. And because warships are traditionally launched with a bottle of Champagne broken across the bow, Rolls has added room for a second bottle in its trunk-mounted Champagne fridge, just to keep the party going.

The tailgate of each vehicle is padded with leather to use as a seat for those impromptu booze breakouts, and a folding glass serving table slides right out so the driver can play barkeep.

Oh, and expect to find an extra-special version of the standard picnic hamper in that trunk. This writer can’t help but be reminded of the Avengers episode where John Steed cooks a steak for Emma Peel on the engine block of his 4.5-liter Bentley.

It’s all so glorious, an owner might think they’d died and went to Heaven. With that and mind, each Zenith Edition comes with Rolls’ Starlight Headliner, which replicates the dazzling night sky.

With the next generation of Phantoms switching to an aluminum platform, these final two-doors will leave the factory with a little piece of history — a case containing a chunk of the Goodwood assembly line they were built on, numbered and stamped with the exact place it was removed from.

Also inside that case? Rarefied air.

The Zenith Edition Phantoms will fetch a premium over their stock, run-of-the-mill brothers, so expect a price well above the half-million dollar mark.

[Images: Rolls-Royce]

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  • OliverTwist OliverTwist on May 18, 2016

    'With the next generation of Phantoms switching to aluminum architecture...' Uh? The current generation Phantom has aluminium body chassis since the Day One...

  • Sector 5 Sector 5 on May 18, 2016

    Teutonic imperial ragtop cobbled by remnant british autoworkers.

  • EBFlex For those keeping track, Ford is up to 24 recalls this year and is still leading the industry. But hey, they just build some Super Dutys that are error free. Ford even sent out a self congratulatory press release saying they built Super Duty’s with zero defects. What an accomplishment!
  • Norman Stansfield This is what you get when you run races to keep the cars bunched together for more excitement. F1 doesn't seem to have this problem after the first few laps.
  • SCE to AUX Too many cars = more wrecks. With today's speeds on essentially the same old track, starting with half the cars could reduce the congestion at the end. Or maybe it would increase the problem because the herd wouldn't thin early on.I say no overtime - finish at 500 miles and no more.
  • Garagezone There was an Indy 500 yesterday? Hmmmm...