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Top 12 Coolest Rolls-Royce Special Editions

Motor Trend logo Motor Trend 4/30/2015 Karla Sanchez

There seems to be a special edition Rolls-Royce for just about every type of wealthy person. There's one fit for kings and queens, one for celebrities, and even one for people who really love horses. Below are the most outrageous Rolls-Royce cars designed for the Bespoke Collection.

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Phantom Drophead Coupe Waterspeed Collection

Rolls Royce Phantom Drophead Coupe Waterspeed Collection Front Side View© Provided by MotorTrend Rolls Royce Phantom Drophead Coupe Waterspeed Collection Front Side View This edition pays tribute to a world record-setting speedboat, the Bluebird K3 Speedboat. The bespoke team used nine coats of Maggiore Blue paint on the exterior to give it the illusion that water is flowing over the surfaces. The grain of the Abachi wood veneers mimics the wake of a speeding boat, and for the first time, the V-12 is painted to match the exterior. And in case you forgot the Bluebird K3's record times, they're embroidered into the panel inside the glove box. The power reserve dial is also unique in that the needle moves counter-clockwise instead of clockwise.

Phantom Serenity

Rolls Royce Phantom Serenity© Provided by MotorTrend Rolls Royce Phantom Serenity The British automaker aimed at making the best even better with this version of the Phantom, seeing how it's geared toward royalty. The interior of the car is swathed with silk materials that came from China, where the threads were hand-dyed and woven into the fabric. A blossom tree was then embroidered onto the silk, with the crimson blossoms hand-painted directly onto the fabric. Other fine materials used in this bespoke model include bamboo, mother-of-pearl, and rubies that were hand-applied onto the analog clock and gauges.

Phantom Limelight

Rolls Royce Phantom Limelight Collection© Provided by MotorTrend Rolls Royce Phantom Limelight Collection Aimed at high-profile celebrities who are always on the move, the Limelight's rear space is basically a mobile vanity for both men and women. The rear doors are designed with special compartments to hold expensive belongings such as jewelry and watches, and a fragrance holder contains three fragrances in handmade bottles imported from France. There's also a vanity pouch made of fine materials designed to hold stuff such as credit cards, business cards, makeup, and other essentials. Accessory boxes made out of carbon fiber and covered in leather are also in the doors, and Rolls-Royce says medical professionals helped design new rear seats for maximum comfort.

Phantom Drophead Coupe Maharaja

Rolls Royce Maharaja Phantom Drophead Coupe© Provided by MotorTrend Rolls Royce Maharaja Phantom Drophead Coupe Inspired by the golden age of India's kings more than 100 years ago, the Maharaja features front fenders accented with Emerald green peacock emblems, India's national bird. The peacock theme is used elsewhere in the car, including peacock feather-patterned accents for the leather door arm rests and wood inlays.

Phantom Metropolitan

Rolls Royce Phantom Metropolitan Collection Front Side View© Provided by MotorTrend Rolls Royce Phantom Metropolitan Collection Front Side View Although the British coachbuilder has showed off wood-inlayed art in the past, the art in the Metropolitan collection is on another level. Three-dimensional city skylines are found on wood accents on the dashboard and on the foldaway picnic tables in the back, offering rear passengers a bird's-eye view of cityscapes from around the world. Approximately 500 pieces of precisely cut wood veneer are needed to complete one design, making this Phantom a true rolling work of art.

Phantom Art Deco

art-deco-rolls-royce-ghost-side-view© Provided by MotorTrend art-deco-rolls-royce-ghost-side-view The powder-blue-painted cars don't look much different than your ordinary Rolls on the outside, but inside, stainless steel inlays and art deco touches hint that these Phantoms are special. Geometric art deco motifs are embroidered on the headrests, inlays, doorsills, and picnic tables, and because the art deco movement was all about bright colors, this Phantom's interior was available with four bright piping colors for the seats. An illuminated Spirit of Ecstasy hood ornament completes the special art deco theme.

Phantom Al-Adiyat

Rolls Royce Wraith Al Aldiyat Collection Front Left Side© Provided by MotorTrend Rolls Royce Wraith Al Aldiyat Collection Front Left Side The word "al-adiyat," according to Rolls, is the noise a powerful horse makes when its hooves hit stone and sparks fly. This bespoke collection included 10 cars total, nine of which were Wraiths and the other a Phantom Coupe. All have the same equestrian design theme with motifs of reins and horses found on the headrests and elsewhere throughout the car. In addition, gold-plated horseshoe stamps are found above the clock on the center stack and on the treadplates, which also display the sequence number of the car in the collection. It'd be hard to miss the Al-Adiyat cars on the road because they're painted a bright red.

Rolls-Royce Suhail Collection

Rolls Royce Suhail Wraith Phantom Ghost© Provided by MotorTrend Rolls Royce Suhail Wraith Phantom Ghost According to Rolls-Royce, the Suhail Collection takes its name from one of the brightest constellations in the sky. The cars are painted in a dazzling moonstone pearl color, and inside, the entire cabin is dotted with Suhail stars, matching a bespoke Turchese-trimmed clock. For the finishing touch, a starlight headliner in the Phantom and Wraith allows for "stargazing" in the finest of luxury swaddling.

Celestial Phantom

rolls-royce-celestial-phantom-left-front-1© Provided by MotorTrend rolls-royce-celestial-phantom-left-front-1 The Celestial Phantom celebrates the first Phantom delivered to its owner at the new Goodwood plant at midnight on January 1, 2003, with a sky-themed interior and exterior. Fine glass particles integrated into the paint are supposed to evoke a night sky, and inside, a unique headliner features stars and constellations made of more than 1,000 fiber-optic lights hand-woven into the headliner. The starlight headliner has now become a signature design piece on several other bespoke Rolls-Royce cars.

Phantom Dragon Edition

rolls-royce-phatom-year-of-the-dragon-edition-gold-dragon© Provided by MotorTrend rolls-royce-phatom-year-of-the-dragon-edition-gold-dragon The Year of the Dragon Phantom features a gold dragon hand-painted on the side of each front fender, with the mythical creature also embroidered on the headrests. Hand-stitched cushions for rear-seat passengers complement the lush interior, and the luxury car wears red on the inside and out because red is the color of good luck in Chinese culture. Priced at $1.2 million, this opulent Phantom sold out in China.

Pinnacle Travel Phantom

Rolls Royce Phantom Pinnacle Travel Front Side Studio View© Provided by MotorTrend Rolls Royce Phantom Pinnacle Travel Front Side Studio View This Phantom also features awesome marquetry created via 230 individual pieces of wood, using both traditional craftsmanship and laser woodcutting techniques. The art displays an image of a cross-continental train speeding across a landscape, leaving plumes of smoke behind. The motif appears not only on the glovebox but also on the rear foldaway picnic tables and doors.

Ghost Golden Sunbird

rolls-royce-ghost-golden-sunbird-front-right-side© Provided by MotorTrend rolls-royce-ghost-golden-sunbird-front-right-side Inspired by the ring-shaped Golden Sun Bird artifact discovered at the Jinsha Ruins in Chengdu City, Sichuan Province, in 2001, this special edition Ghost glitters in exclusive gold paintwork that stretches from the hood to the trunk. Other gold details are found on the wheels and on a stripe on the car's beltline that features a Chinese design. Even the Spirit of Ecstasy is donned in the precious metal. White paint offsets all the golden features, and inside, the special Ghost gets special sill plates and motifs of the golden ring embroidered on the seatbacks.

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