Rolls-Royce has unveiled the first in the series of 35 Phantom Coupé Aviator Collection models – the car, which features a suite of exclusive design concepts, colour combinations and new materials, made its debut at the Pebble Beach Quail gathering over the weekend.
The Aviator Collection draws for its inspiration the achievements of founder Charles Rolls and the Schneider Trophy-winning Supermarine S6B of 1931, which was powered by a Rolls-Royce R Type engine.
The car is finished in Aviator Grey and features a contrasting matt bonnet, window and grille surround while inside, wood and metal elements help hint at a cockpit theme.
There’s a Thommen aviation-grade clock with blood orange needle tips on the metal foil upper fascia, complemented by matt black dials for power reserve, speedometer and fuel gauges, while the lower fascia is veneered in mahogany with a Sapele contrast.
Inspiration derived from the S6B comes in the form of transmission tunnel’s exposed torx fixings and swage lines, which echo the oil cooling veins on the S6B fuselage side. The highlights are repeated on the collection car’s armrests.
Elsewhere, the leather-lined glove compartment includes an embossed Charles Rolls quote (“The power of flight is as a fresh gift from the Creator, the greatest treasure yet given to man”) following his first flight with the Wright Brothers in 1908, and the collection cars will also each feature a centre console chrome plaque with a designation of Rolls as Pioneer Aviator below his signature.