Rolls-Royce Phantom Coupé Aviator Collection

Special Cars 21 Aug 2012
Rolls-Royce Phantom Coupé Aviator Collection

At the Pebble Beach Quail gathering Rolls-Royce presented the Phantom Coupé Aviator Collection, a limited edition model inspired by Charles Stewart Rolls and the Rolls-Royce powered Supermarine S6B seaplane.


The model will be produced in a limited run of 35 units, and will celebrate “the spirit of human endeavor that drove a very British hero and subsequently led Rolls-Royce to simultaneous world speed records on land, air and in the water.”

Rolls-Royce Phantom Coupe Aviator Collection Design Sketches

The Phantom Coupé Aviator Collection features a number exclusive design concepts, color combinations and new materials.

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The Aviator Grey finish is contrasted by the matt surface of the hood, window and grille surround.

Rolls-Royce Phantom Coupe Aviator Collection InteriorInside, the interplay of wood and metal hint strongly at a cockpit theme.

A Thommen, aviation-grade clock with blood orange needle tips is embedded in the metal foil upper fascia, complemented by matt black dials for power reserve, speedometer and fuel gauges.

The lower fascia is veneered in mahogany, painstakingly shaped by craftspeople just as the early record-setting propellers were fashioned and features Sapele contrast.

Polished stainless steel veneer ‘onlays’ with bullet-shaped ends are designed to match floor mat fixings.

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Among the elements inspired by the S6B aircraft are the transmission tunnel in anodized aluminum with exposed torx fixings and swage lines that echo the oil cooling veins on the S6B fuselage side. These highlights are repeated on collection car armrests.

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.”

Fitted with leather floor mats, Aviator Collection cars have also been designed to incorporate the Rolls-Royce of cup holders, made of highly polished aluminum.

About the Supermarine S6B seaplane

Supermarine S6B (Source: Wikipedia)

The Supermarine S.6B was a British racing seaplane developed by R.J. Mitchell to take part in the Schneider Trophy competition of 1931.

The S.6B represented the cutting edge of aerodynamic technology and Mitchell’s experience in designing the Schneider Trophy floatplanes greatly contributed to the development of the later Spitfire fighter.

Between 1931 and 1933 the Schneider Trophy was held in the South of England, soaring over the Solent and the Witterings in West Sussex, a location no more than 10 miles from the current Home of Rolls-Royce Motor Cars in Goodwood, England.

(Source: Rolls-Royce)

 

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  1. SSeb
    22/8/2012

    Oh the irony of this edition! R.J.Mitchell’s Spitfire was powered by a Rolls-Royce Merlin engine and helped the British shoot down a lot of Kraut Messerschmidts. In late-war Messerschmidts had BMW engines!
    Now the BMW overlords decide to honor this guy with a special R&R edition!!

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