Limited-run special honours century-old long-distance record
Rolls-Royce has detailed the limited-run Silver Ghost Collection, based on the 2018 model-year Ghost limousine.
Celebrating the 1907 long-distance record of Charles Rolls and Claude Johnson in Sir Henry Royce's original 'Silver Ghost', the Silver Ghost Collection is limited to just 35 units and gets a host of unique appointments to make the already-exclusive limousine that little more special.
The trademark Spirit of Ecstasy on the bonnet is finished in solid sterling silver, marked with AX201 Hallmark at its base – the registration plate of the original Silver Ghost.
A black-gold plated collar 'enshrouds' the base of the Spirit of Ecstasy, with an insert crafted from hammered copper, paying tribute to the extensive amount of the metal used in the Silver Ghost's engine bay.
The Silver Ghost Collection is finished in a bespoke Cassiopeia Silver exterior paint, accented by a master coachline imbued with fine particles of 100 per cent pure silver.
Inside, there are 'Forest Green' leather accents – a nod to the original's interior colour scheme. New silver-tipped leather makes its debut in a Rolls-Royce, along with a silver inlay set into the open-pore wood trim and solid silver ingot.
A special clock resides in the dashboard, engraved with 'Silver Ghost Since 1907'. A hand-beaten solid silver encasement adds an extra touch of exclusivity, which the company says is reminiscent of the original's dials.
Even the door-mounted umbrellas have seen an upgrade – edged in a silver-coloured binding and feature an open-pore Tudor Oak handle.
Buyers will also receive a time-piece, sunglasses, accessories case, and a 'Silver Ghost' pen – the latter shaped as the speedform of the vehicle.
Finally, the Silver Ghost Collection will come with a rare and collectable Silver Ghost Hamper, which the company says continues its "romantic notion of the pinnacle in al fresco dining".
The Silver Ghost Collection comes on the back of 2018 upgrades for the Rolls-Royce Ghost. Updates include a "more sculpted face" with a pushed-forward grille frame, a more deeply-set grille, and two new 21-inch alloy wheel designs.
Other changes include additional sound-deadening materials in the doors, rear wings and luggage compartment, a new acoustic film between the glass layers for the side and rear windows.
There's also a new infotainment system, larger rear infotainment screens, and an improved 4G LTE module for increased data transfer.
Rolls-Royce Australia has confirmed the Silver Ghost Collection will be offered from $800,000 drive-away, but availability will depend on global demand. In other words? Get in quick, they're not going to last long.