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Finished in Aviator Grey, the Phantom Coupé Aviator Collection features a contrasting matt bonnet, window and grille surround while inside, the interplay of wood and metal hint strongly at a cockpit theme. A Thom- men, aviation-grade clock with blood orange needle tips is embedded in the metal foil upper fascia, comple- mented by matt black dials for power reserve, speed- ometer and fuel gauges.


The lower fascia is veneered in mahogany, painstak- ingly 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 fix- ings.


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. Collection cars celebrate the victorious S6B aircraft with transmission tunnel in anodised aluminium with exposed torx fixings and swage lines that echo the oil cooling veins on the S6B fuselage side. These highlights are repeated on collec- tion car armrests.


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The leather-lined glove compartment includes an em- bossed 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.” A centre console chrome plaque de- scribes Rolls – only the second man in Britain to hold a pilot’s licence – simply as Pioneer Aviator, below a representation of his sweeping signature.


Fitted with leather floor mats, Aviator Collection cars have also been designed to incorporate the Rolls-Royce of cup holders. Beautifully engineered in highly pol- ished aluminium, the designer’s aim was to deliver functionality, but with that special combination of the- atre and jewellery, both of which are expected by every Rolls-Royce client.


Photography courtesy Rolls-Royce Motor Cars


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