Like a Dreadnought-class battleship, the current generation of the hulking and insanely lavish Rolls-Royce Phantom is being mothballed, but it gets one final hurrah.
The folks behind the Spirit of Ecstasy are busy buildingÂ â€” sorry, “crafting”Â â€” the ultimateÂ Drophead CoupÃ© and Phantom CoupÃ© vehicles before those models slip the surly bonds of earth.
Just 50 will be made, and Rolls is naming the bespoke collection after those big 1970s televisions you saw in the back pages of National Geographic.
You don’t just buy a Zenith Collection PhantomÂ â€” you “commission” them, not unlike the aforementioned battleship. And because warships are traditionally launched with a bottle of Champagne broken across the bow, Rolls has added room for a second bottle in its trunk-mounted Champagne fridge, just to keep the party going.
The tailgate of each vehicle is padded with leather to use as a seat for those impromptu booze breakouts, and a folding glass serving table slides right out so the driver can play barkeep.
Oh, and expect to find an extra-special version of the standard picnic hamper in that trunk. This writer can’t help but be reminded of the Avengers episode where John Steed cooks a steak for Emma Peel on the engine block of his 4.5-liter Bentley.
It’s all so glorious, an owner might think they’d died and went to Heaven. With that and mind, each Zenith Edition comes with Rolls’ Starlight Headliner, which replicates the dazzling night sky.
With the next generation of Phantoms switching to an aluminum platform, these final two-doors will leave the factory with a little piece of historyÂ â€” a case containing a chunk of the Goodwood assembly line they were built on, numbered and stamped with the exact place it was removed from.
Also inside that case? Rarefied air.
The Zenith Edition Phantoms will fetch a premium over their stock, run-of-the-mill brothers, so expect a price well above the half-million dollar mark.