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Just Watch How This Rolls-Royce Champagne Case Cracks Open

Car and Driver logo Car and Driver 5/22/2019 Clifford Atiyeh
a close up of a device: It's luxurious and beautiful, befitting the name Rolls-Royce, and the price is in the stratosphere as well.© Rolls-Royce It's luxurious and beautiful, befitting the name Rolls-Royce, and the price is in the stratosphere as well.

There are factory accessories, such as Jeep lift kits and Jaguar dog bowls, and then there are factory accessories so unearthly rare that they invite an archaeologist's inspection, for example the titanium tool kit tucked inside the McLaren Speedtail. The only way you might touch this Rolls-Royce champagne case without invites to a 2 Chainz tailgate or a mob induction ceremony is to buy one. For $47,000.

The fact that this aluminum and carbon-fiber box can carry sparkly grape juice and black fish eggs is not the selling point. It's the "sense of theater," as Gavin Hartley says. He is the man in charge of custom design for Rolls-Royce, and his box is a spring-loaded magic show. A hidden button sets four parts in slow motion. Two drawers on each side expand, revealing two black aluminum and carbon-fiber tubes. A serving tray made from Tudor oak rises above four champagne flutes within an illuminated compartment that arrange themselves into a V formation. Just watch it. This chest turns every champagne moment in a Maybach, James Bond's DB5, and even Rolls-Royce's picnic arrangements look laborious, crude even.

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Other details, as would be necessary, include four cotton napkins tucked beneath those hand-blown crystal glasses with the aluminum bases. One insulated tube hides the champagne bottle-you'll need to pre-chill it, however-while the other insulated tube seals a set of snacks, presumably not Cracker Barrel cheddar and Ritz crackers. The "caviar configuration" comes with four separate containers, two for 30-gram servings of Beluga and another two for whatever craving calls that afternoon. Two mother-of-pearl spoons with aluminum handles stick to the magnetized drawer. The third setup swaps these stealthy appetizers for three porcelain bowls. Personally, we'd pull up to a lobster shack in Maine and fill them with hot New England clam chowder.

Watch How This Rolls-Royce Champagne Case Opens Up© Rolls-Royce Watch How This Rolls-Royce Champagne Case Opens Up

The black-and-red leather scheme here is the standard offering, although Rolls-Royce can change it up for an additional cost. As for value, there were likely more worker-hours spent making this box than a dozen Honda Accords. And even though it appears not to accommodate a single Bud, we'd wager this is far more fun than buying a mechanical egg.


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