The most expensive Rolls-Royce Phantoms ever built
The crowning glory of an eye-catching fleet of Rolls-Royce Phantoms has been completed and delivered, putting an exclamation point on an extraordinarily ambitious project.
A fleet of 30 Phantoms – comprising the single largest order Rolls-Royce has ever received – has been built to order for Macau hotel and casino developer Stephen Hung (below). But it is two of the Phantoms that have stolen all the glory.
The pair are coated in the same hand-finished shade of vivid red – known as “Stephen Red” – as the other 28 limousines, but are then extensively finished in either actual gold fixtures, or gold plating. They share the honour of being the most expensive Rolls-Royce Phantoms ever built (at the time of commissioning), although neither Rolls-Royce or Hung will say exactly how much they cost.
The eye-catching fleet of 30 cars (above) will form the chauffeur service for what is said to be one of the world’s most luxurious hotel-casino developments, The 13 in Macau’s wealthy casino district. The gold-finished pair will be preserved for the highest of high rollers to visit the property, which is due for completion some time in 2017.
Rolls-Royce’s head of bespoke design, Gavin Hartley, says the massive effort to design and construct the bespoke elements of the cars is “clearly unprecedented” in the history of Rolls-Royce.
“Not just in terms of the sheer scale of it, but in terms of the bold statement that these cars make that are the vision of a particular individual, Stephen Hung, and the way that that’s been carried out to such exacting detail,” he says. “I’m not quite sure when we’ll ever top them but it won’t be for some time yet.”
For full detail on the extensive technical challenges faced by Rolls-Royce in constructing these two cars, pick up a copy of the Robb Report Australia Chinese New Year edition, on news stands from January 26.