Text: Marcus De Guzman / Photos: Rolls-Royce | posted May 24, 2016 12:40
Rolls-Royce bids farewell to the Phantom with limited-run Zenith Collection
Like all good things, the Rolls-Royce Phantom will soon be consigned to the history books. But before its eventual cease in production, the Goodwood-based luxury marque recently revealed the Phantom Zenith Collection, the final edition of the long-running Phantom at the 2016 Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este.
Available either as a Drophead or Coupe, the Zenith Collection represents the last remaining models that feature all of the bells and whistles that Rolls-Royce has to offer.
“As we begin to write a bold new chapter in Rolls-Royce history, I am delighted to present a Bespoke Collection that so elegantly celebrates two of the world’s rarest and most celebrated luxury goods; Phantom Drophead Coupé and Phantom Coupé. Phantom Zenith Collection motor cars speak of the marque’s unrelenting commitment to setting and advancing the standard by which all other luxury goods are judged,” said Torsten Müller-Ötvös, Chief Executive Officer, Rolls-Royce Motor Cars.
Limited to only 50 examples, both models carry exclusive features, along with some subtle design influences from Rolls-Royces of old. Starting with the color palette, both the Madeira Red and Jubilee Silver are inspired from the Phantom II. On the other hand, Arctic White and Midnight Blue are modern interpretations of the colors that were available on the Phantom II Continental.
Stepping inside, brushed steel was applied on the instrument panel while the armrests feature laser etched cappings that signifies the location of the global debut of the concept versions of each car. The 100EX (Phantom Drophead Coupe) was first revealed at Lake Como while the 101EX (Phantom Coupe) made its global debut at Lake Geneva.
Perhaps the centerpiece of the final edition models is the removable polished aluminum case which houses the each model's vehicle identification number (VIN). Best English Blacking, a technique mostly used in gun making, was also applied on the polished aluminum case, giving it a more luxurious finish. Within the special detail is a collector's piece taken from the Phantom Assembly Line at Goodwood. It also has the exact coordinates of where the exact part was taken from in the factory.
Other key details present on the Phantom Zenith Collection include the Blood-Orange tips on the instrument dials, the intricate cupholders machined out of aluminum and a glass shelf housed in the trunk which can serve as a plate to serve Champagne. It even comes with a Champagne fridge that can hold up to two bottles and a padded leather tailgate to which guests can sit on.
All 50 models of the Zenith Collection have been sold and Rolls-Royce does not plan on making any more examples.
Production of the current generation Phantom is expected to end this year. Meanwhile, the successor of the Rolls-Royce Phantom will likely make its debut next year and will be underpinned by a new aluminum space-frame that will reduce weight while retaining the brand's signature 'magic-carpet ride'.