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by Alex Gibson

The Rolls Royce Celestial Phantom has been unveiled at the Frankfurt motor show, celebrating the car’s first decade of production as well as the success of Rolls Royce’s ‘Bespoke’ customisation unit.

Built as a one-off edition of the Phantom Extended Wheelbase, the Rolls Royce Celestial Phantom’s exterior features deep midnight paintwork inlayed with fine glass particles. Rolls Royce says the car’s paintwork aims to “evoke the night sky” and “achieve an alluring sense of depth and light”.

The Celestial Phantom also features an uplit Spirit of Ecstasy bonnet ornament, and uniquely engraved wheel centres.

The interior’s ‘Starlight Headliner’ uses several thousand fibre-optic lights handwoven into the Phantom’s headlining to replicate the exact constellation of the night the first Phantom rolled off the car’s production line at Goodwood, England, on January 1, 2003. The South Downs Planetarium has verified the authenticity of the constellation in the car.

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The interior has been further trimmed in ‘Dusk’ leather, referred to as an inky hue of black, and also comes with a unique version of Rolls Royce’s picnic set featuring hand-engraved glassware bearing the motif ‘Celestial’, and Nymphenburg porcelain plates.

If all these trimmings aren’t special enough, the clock in the rear privacy divider of the Celestial Phantom comes lined with four diamonds.

Rolls Royce says over 75 per cent of Ghost models and almost every Phantom sold have included options available through its Bespoke service. Rolls Royce chief executive Torsten Muller-Otvos also says the Bespoke service “has ensured the mark’s rightful place as the pinnacle super-luxury company”.

Rolls Royce delivered cars to all five continents last year, while the past three years have seen continuous, record growth for the fabled British marque.

Last year, Rolls Royce Australia cut the price of its Phantom range by up to $280,000. The Phantom Extended Wheelbase, which the Celestial Phantom is based upon, is available locally priced from $990,000.




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