By Stewart Smith on 2017-01-19 - Stewart was the former motoring editor of the Coventry Telegraph and is now a freelance contributor to Eurekar. He is based in Scotland and specialises in First Drive reviews.
Golden Rollers for
CHINESE billionaire Stephen Hung has ordered what will be the most expensive Rolls-Royce Phantoms ever produced to add to his 30-strong collection of Rollers at The 13 Hotel in Macau.
The special Rolls-Royces are for the exclusive use of the hotel's most important guests who will be gliding around in the luxury motors which will be fitted with 24-carat gold fittings and a 10-layer paint finish which includes glass, gold and aluminium.
The exterior finish is enhanced with the finest particles of 23.75 carat gold, a weight chosen for even disbursement, achieving a perfectly executed finish.
The result is the most expensive and meticulously engineered paint the marque has ever produced.
The exterior of the two special cars will boast a 24 carat gold-plated Spirit of Ecstasy, the figurine which guides every Rolls-Royce, sits atop a gold-coloured Pantheon Grille and hallmarked Rolls-Royce badge, made using 97.1gms of 18-carat gold before being plated in 24 carat gold to match the interior gold highlights.
Vitreous enamel is used to form the signature RR emblem and is surrounded by 336 pavé set brilliant-cut diamonds.
A golden twin coachline is hand-painted by Mark Court, Rolls-Royce's resident expert coachline painter at its Goodwood factory, using a fine squirrel hair paintbrush.
Within the coach doors, Rolls-Royce umbrellas, on hand to protect occupants from undesirable weather or awaiting paparazzi, are also personalised by incorporating a gold handle and a golden trim to match the colour themes of the hotel. Gold tread plates engraved with "PHANTOM Specially Commissioned by Stephen Hung" remind occupants of the origins of these remarkable motor cars.
On entering the extended wheelbase Phantom, guests are greeted by a black and white seat feature which reflects the chequered floor of the entrance hall of The 13 Hotel.
The seats are covered in large scale hand-woven black and white leather panels providing a three-dimensional texture to the interior cabin. A new gold coloured pearl effect leather has been created to edge the squabs, ensuring occupants enjoy a stately experience as they are cosseted from the environs of bustling Macau.
The 30 bespoke Phantoms represent the largest single commission in Rolls-Royce history.
Giles Taylor, director of design at Rolls-Royce, said: "A Rolls-Royce motor car is commissioned to express the tastes, desires and lifestyle of its patron. It is testament to the skill of the artisans that so elegantly express their craft at our Global Centre of Excellence in Goodwood, that this bold and technically challenging design scheme has been executed so perfectly."
No price has been revealed for the stunning Rollers - but each is fit for a billionaire.
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