Founded in 1904, Rolls Royce began life as a British luxury car manufacturer. After being nationalized in the 1970s, and then bought by BMW, the company has changed hands several times but continues to make cars more comfortable than some 5-star hotels.
Crossing over into pop culture, Rolls Royce and its models, the Phantom, Ghost, Wraith and latterly the Cullinan have become unparalleled symbols of success.
The lengths that Rolls Royce go to, to maintain their reputation are infinite, but what really defines them are the touches you don’t always hear about. Read on for ten amazing details about the Rolls Royce Phantom.
Rolls Royce is the most namechecked car brand in music
In 2017, Bloomberg commissioned a survey looking at cars mentioned in the Hot 100 Charts over the previous three years. Rolls Royce came out on top. Park the Benz just to ride the Wraith indeed, Quavo.
They take cleanliness very seriously
Every single component that makes a Phantom Gallery is painstakingly cleaned by hand inside a particle proof clean room before final assembly – this takes two people two hours to complete.
They were social distancing long before Covid-19
There are only five associates at Rolls-Royce trained to operate in the Gallery Clean Room, with only two permitted to enter at any one time. These associates must comply with strict guidelines to prevent possible contamination. No cosmetics, hair products or deodorant may be used.
Skepta used the backseat of a Rolls as a recording studio
The Phantom’s world-leading sound insulating properties were employed by Skepta, who was able to record a track in its entirety from the rear seat. You can watch him lay down beats and vocals while being driven up a steep mountain road, here.
All of the wood in a Phantom comes from a single tree
The 48 painstakingly crafted wood parts that comprise a Phantom interior take 28 days to produce. A sense of seamless flow of grain is ensured by only using wood from one tree for each motor car.
The Phantom’s coach lines are painted by hand and take 6 hours
Mark Court is the only man able to hand-apply a perfectly straight Phantom coachline. In total it takes 3 hours per side. He uses special brushes made from ox and squirrel hair to ensure the line is precisely level and a uniform 3mm in width. He honed his steady-hand painting pub-signs.
The interiors are out of this world, literally
In the Rolls Royce Phantom Tranquillity, a meteorite has been incorporated into the interior of a car. Shavings of the Muonionalusta meteorite, which fell to earth in Kiruna, Sweden in 1906, adorn the Volume Controller, with a detailed engraving of the location and date of its discovery.
The Rolls Royce Phantom is double-glazed
Rolls-Royce Phantom is the most silent motor car in the world. Incalculable effort was expended to create ‘the most silent motor car in the world’, including 6mm two-layer glazing all around the car and more than 130kg of sound insulation.
It comes with an in-built Privacy Suite
In the interests of discretion, Rolls-Royce introduced what they call the ‘Privacy Suite’ for the Extended Wheelbase Phantom. At the push of a button, the electrochromatic glass partition between driver and rear passengers becomes opaque and the rear cabin becomes soundproof, so you can conduct your business in private.
If there's an earthquake, you probably won't know about it
During extreme suspension testing of the Phantom Extended Wheelbase, a seismometer was triggered 20 miles away from the Rolls-Royce plant.