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Farewell to the Phantom

Thirteen years is a long model cycle for a car, but when that model is a Rolls-Royce Phantom, the years waft by as it ages gracefully. And when the time comes, as it has now, for the last of the seventh-generation Phantom series to roll off the company’s Goodwood production line, it is an occasion to be marked in exquisite style.

Thus we have the Zenith Collection, a final-edition production totalling just 50 two-door Phantom Coupé and convertible Drophead Coupé models. Only one, a Phantom Coupé, is bound for Australia, with delivery to its Melbourne owner expected in March.

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The V12 Phantom was the car that new parent BMW launched to resurrect the name in 2003 and the Zenith Collection truly exemplifies the luxurious, bespoke nature of Rolls-Royce Motor Cars. Finished in a Crystal over Midnight Blue exterior, complemented by an arctic white and navy blue cabin, the Australia-bound car features a number of additional bespoke interior touches.

These include a full metal fascia, metal steering wheel spokes, lambswool floormats, Zenith Collection clock and instruments, and laser-etched armrests depicting Geneva, Switzerland and Villa d’Este, Italy; in case you’re wondering, the locations for the original 2007/08 launch of the Drophead and Coupé.

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Providing the perfect place to park and picnic is a tailgate fitted with a padded leather seat, from whence to be served from the boot’s two-bottle refrigerator. Come nightfall, one can drift away beneath a cosmic expanse courtesy of a bamboo Starlight Headliner.

As an incomparable keepsake, elegantly boxed in a drawer below the centre console and set in a polished aluminium ingot is a section of the rail from the Goodwood assembly line, etched with its location coordinates and the car’s VIN. That alone makes this car a true collectors’ prize.

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