The Monterey car week is in full swing. There’s plenty to see including a new special edition Rolls-Royce Phantom Coupe Aviator Collection. It’s limited to just 35 examples inspired by Charles Stewart Rolls and the Supermarine S.6B award winning seaplane. They celebrate Rolls-Royce’s simultaneous world speed records on land, air and in the water.
The new Phantom Coupe comes from the Rolls-Royce Bespoke department. The car on display at The Quail is finished in Aviator Grey with a contrasting matt bonnet, window and grille surround. Inside, it features a blend of wood and metal with a Thommen, aviation-grade clock with blood orange needle tips embedded in the metal foil upper fascia. Rolls-Royce also fitted the car with matt black dials for power reserve, speedometer and fuel gauges. The lower fascia is veneered mahogany and features Sapele contrast. Polished stainless steel veneer ‘onlays’ with bullet-shaped ends are designed to match floor mat fixings.
The Supermarine S.6B performed in the Schneider Trophy over the Solent and the Witterings in West Sussex, less than ten miles from the current Home of Rolls-Royce Motor Cars in Goodwood, England. The Aviator Collection cars celebrates the victorious plane and therefore features a transmission tunnel finished in anodised aluminium with exposed torx fixings and swage lines that echo the oil cooling veins on the S.6B fuselage side. These highlights are repeated on collection car armrests.
As a set of final finishing touches, the leather-lined glove compartment includes an embossed Charles Rolls quote following his first flight with the Wright Brothers in 1908: The power of flight is as a fresh gift from the Creator, the greatest treasure yet given to man. Charles Rolls was only the second man in Britain to hold a pilot’s license. The centre console chrome plaque describes Rolls simply as Pioneer Aviator complete with signature. Finally, leather floor mats and aluminum cup holders are also distinguishing features.