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by Tim Beissmann

The first of 35 Rolls-Royce Phantom Coupe Aviator Collection models has been unveiled at the 2012 Concours d’Elegance in Pebble Beach, California.

Inspired by automotive and aviation pioneer and company co-founder Charles Stewart Rolls and the Supermarine S6B, which was powered by a Rolls-Royce R Type engine, the Goodwood-based ultra-luxury manufacturer says the Phantom Coupe Aviator Collection celebrates the spirit of human endeavour and Rolls-Royce’s achievement of simultaneous world speed records on land, air and in the water.

Finished in Aviator Grey, the limited edition collection features a contrasting matt bonnet and window and grille surrounds, while the cabin blends metal and wood to emphasise the cockpit theme.

An aviation-grade clock by Thommen is embedded in the metallic upper dash fascia, complementing the matt black dials for the speedometer, fuel gauge and power reserve.

The lower facia is veneered in handcrafted mahogany, with polished stainless steel onlays that match the leather floor mats.

In a nod to the S6B, the transmission tunnel is finished in anodised aluminium and features exposed fasteners and swage lines designed to echo the oil cooling veins on the aircraft’s fuselage side.

A plaque in the centre console features Charles Rolls’ signature, while the leather-lined glove box boasts an embossed quote from Rolls 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.’

The Aviator Collection cars retain the 338kW/720Nm 6.8-litre V12 engine from the ‘standard’ Phantom Coupe, which launches the 2.5-tonne two-door from 0-100km/h in 5.8.

The Rolls-Royce Phantom Coupe Aviator Collection models are available now for special client order.




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