From $28 million Boat Tail to Cullinan 50th, here are all the stunning bespoke Rolls-Royce commissions from 2021.
In 2021, Rolls-Royce Motor Cars explored, developed and presented new and ambitious interpretations of true luxury to its clients, resulting in some of the finest examples of contemporary craftsmanship ever seen.
These finest examples of Bespoke craftsmanship, design and engineering were built by its Bespoke Collective – an elite team of engineers, designers and craftspeople based at the Home of Rolls-Royce in Goodwood, England.
“In what has been an unprecedented and unpredictable year, the House of Rolls-Royce has delivered the highest-ever annual sales results in the marque’s 117-year history. In 2021, we delivered 5,586 motor cars to clients around the world, having worked closely with clients to further expand the boundaries of creativity within our Bespoke Collective. This has resulted in some truly remarkable commissions.
“Rolls-Royce has once again demonstrated an innate understanding of craftsmanship, honing progressive and proprietary techniques amongst our highly skilled and talented team. Artisans continue to further the realm of Bespoke feasibility; precious and rare materials are used with ingenuity to create world-class examples of excellence in their field.
“It gives me great pleasure to share these 2021 Bespoke highlights.” Torsten Müller-Ötvös, Chief Executive, Rolls-Royce Motor Cars.
Below are some of the finest examples of Bespoke craftsmanship, design and engineering, completed by the Luxury House during 2021.
1) WRAITH KRYPTOS
2021 saw the final Wraith Kryptos Collection cars delivered to their owners around the world, fuelling the web of intrigue ignited in 2020 as the mysterious Collection was unveiled.
The Collection conceals hidden cyphers, embedded in the design language of the car; to the unknowing eye the unique design cues are simply aesthetic, a sum of elements that add up to create a dynamic façade.
However, to the curious mind of a Rolls-Royce client, there lies a code that must be solved and with it, a one-of-a-kind prize to be claimed.
Attempts to resolve the puzzle have originated from around the world with deeply complex theories and tomes of analysis sent to the Home of Rolls-Royce in Goodwood for consideration.
2) KENGO KUMA DAWN
Rolls-Royce and Kengo Kuma bridged the worlds of luxury and architecture with the unveiling of a first-of-its-kind Bespoke Rolls-Royce Dawn.
The singular motor car debuted as a moving representation of the new luxury residence ‘The Kita’ in central Tokyo, designed by Kengo Kuma and commissioned by global luxury property developer Westbank.
Dawn’s exterior is rendered in Silver Haze, a multi-faceted colour that speaks of the silver-grey of the building’s core structural materials.
When illuminated by the sun, it reveals a bronze sheen, a warmth that reflects the bronze koshi screen louvers on the exterior of the building and the bronze detailing of the interior.
3) GHOST EXTENDED URBAN SANCTUARY
Following a highly successful introduction to market, Ghost Extended has embarked on its Bespoke journey.
Further exploring its Post Opulent design philosophy, which celebrates material substance, not overt statement, Urban Sanctuary debuts an elevated expression of Parquetry.
The interior suite features a Navy Blue and Cashmere Grey two-tone colourway, creating a unique experience whether the motor car is being self, or chauffeur driven.
The chauffeur-driven experience is further underscored by reclinable Serenity Seating with calf rests, emulating the configuration provisioned by private jets. This elegant treatment is contrasted with Lime Green stitching.
Urban Sanctuary’s coachwork is finished in a gracefully subdued Gunmetal and Jubilee Silver two-tone with a vibrant Lime Green coachline and wheel pinstripe, referencing the neon lights of Shanghai by night.
4) DREAM GHOST
Ghost Extended became the canvas for the first ever personalised Illuminated Fascia as part of a very special commission for South Florida luxury collector, David Bartosiak.
He made a personal request of the Rolls-Royce Bespoke Collective, asking to adapt the Illuminated Fascia to say ‘DREAM’ rather than ‘GHOST’.
He noted, “This wish speaks of the dream I had as a young boy, born under that beautiful night sky in 1983 in Vero Beach, Florida, the dream I instil in those around me every day, and the dream I hope my spirit carries on to the world when I’m gone.”
5) BESPOKE WRAITH IN PEBBLE PARADISO
A Shanghai based client commissioned a unique Bespoke Wraith in Pebble Paradiso blue – her very own ‘Shanghai seaside inspired paradise’. A hand-painted coachline in a Seashell hue features a delicate orchid motif, symbolising her passion for elegance.
Inside, an artwork featuring a baby girl’s footprints is depicted on the Piano White monitor lid, a tribute to the client’s long sought-after bundle of joy.
The two-tone interior features Charles Blue and Seashell in natural grain leather. A Bespoke Starlight Headliner continues the celebration with a personalised constellation paying tribute to her daughter.
6) CULLINAN 50th
A spectacular, one-of-a-kind Cullinan was created to mark the UAE’s historic Golden Jubilee in 2021. The exterior, finished in Crystal over Arctic White, was adorned with a hand-painted double coachline – the upper line in Hotspur Red, the lower Fame Green.
The centrepiece is the gold 50th anniversary motif inlaid in the fascia, rear waterfall and picnic tabletops.
The interior cabin also features a spectacular Starlight Headliner with a unique Shooting Star configuration in a green-coloured hue.
7) CULLINAN IN PIKES PEAK BLUE
Ben and Christine Sloss, car enthusiasts and endurance racers, commissioned a Bespoke Rolls-Royce Black Badge Cullinan from Rolls-Royce Motor Cars Los Gatos.
Finished in a unique Bespoke colourway, Pikes Peak Blue, the hue pays homage to the legendary Colorado hill-climb, one of the customer’s favourite events.
Combined with the vivid flashes of Forge Yellow on the hand-painted coachline, wheel-centre pinstripes and brake callipers, the Black Badge Cullinan carries the colours of the flag of Modena and the livery featured on the couple’s racing cars.
8) PHANTOM ORIBE
A unique collaboration saw the House of Rolls-Royce and the House of Hermès co-create a Bespoke Phantom for Japanese entrepreneur Yusaku Maezawa.
Named Phantom Oribe, the motor car features a Bespoke two-tone exterior finish, inspired by the client’s world-class collection of ancient Japanese ceramics, Oribe ware.
In an unusual move, the Rolls-Royce paint was made available for use on the client’s private jet that the Phantom is paired with.
9) PHANTOM TEMPUS COLLECTION
Rolls-Royce Phantom became the subject of an exclusive and rare commission with the Phantom Tempus Collection.
Strictly limited to just 20 examples, this iteration of Phantom is inspired by the concept of time – how it passes, and how it can be made seemingly to stand still.
The design encompasses various aesthetic and intellectual themes relating to time and the cosmos. A key component illustrated in an elaborate headliner is a rare astronomical phenomenon, the pulsar, unknown until 1967 and found only in the deepest reaches of space.
10) PHANTOM KOA
Phantom Koa is the first Rolls-Royce Phantom to incorporate Koa wood, a rare species of tree that grows only on Hawaiian soil.
The inspiration came from car enthusiast, Jack Boyd Smith, Jr. and his wife Laura, who came to appreciate the warmth and character of Koa having spent significant amounts of time in Maui, Hawaii.
After three years of collaboration with the Rolls-Royce Bespoke Collective, Mr. Smith’s Bespoke commission now features in his personal collection of more than 60 unique motor cars in the JBS Collection Museum.
11) LANDSPEED COLLECTION
The Rolls-Royce Landspeed Collection, strictly limited to just 25 examples of Black Badge Dawn and 35 of Black Badge Wraith, draws inspiration from George Eyston’s remarkable life and record-breaking feats.
In Black Badge Wraith Landspeed, the Starlight Headliner perfectly recreates the heavens as they appeared over the Flats on 16 September 1938, the date on which Eyston and Thunderbolt set their third and final world land-speed record.
The constellations are precisely marked using 2,117 individually placed fibre-optic ‘stars’, the largest number ever featured in a Rolls-Royce Black Badge Wraith Starlight Headliner.
12) CULLINAN ‘BLACK AND BRIGHT’
Rolls-Royce Motor Cars Moscow presented Black Badge Cullinan ‘Black and Bright’, inspired by the ambience of Moscow at night.
This limited series, exclusive to the Muscovite dealership, features five Black Badge Cullinans in bold individual colour combinations: Magma Red, Orange Metallic, Twilight Purple, Forge Yellow and Turchese.
As a permanent Bespoke series for those who refuse to be defined by traditional codes of luxury, Black Badge perfectly serves as a canvas for these highly personalised Bespoke cars.
13) ROLLS-ROYCE COACHBUILD: BOAT TAIL
The creation of three Boat Tails heralds a significant future for the modern coachbuilding movement, with Rolls-Royce confirming Coachbuilding as a permanent fixture in its future portfolio.
The first of the three magnificent Boat Tails was exhibited at Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este in October, 2021, the same motor event in Italy where Rolls-Royce unveiled the its first coachbuilt of the modern era, the Sweptail, back in 2017.
The second Rolls-Royce Boat Tail will make its global public debut at Villa d’Este 2022.