Rolls-Royce Phantom Coupé Aviator Collection
The patriotic spectacle of the London 2012 Rolls-Royce Phantoms wafting round the Olympic Stadium was reason enough to start waving ones flag proudly. The memory of which will no doubt recall heady feelings of nostalgia for many years to come. A wonderful reminder of what the British are best at. The engineering prowess of this nation can be under no doubt. Thanks in part to the brilliant, roll-up your sleeves attitude of some of our best innovators. We as a nation can of course be excused a little wistful time. Celebrating the heritage of brilliant engineers like Sir Henry Royce or Isambard Kingdom Brunel is wonderful enough. However to not remember the test drivers, test pilots and of course craftsmen and even the navvies that made these innovative visions a reality would be un-just, and un-British.
After the Honourable Charles Stewart Rolls took his first flight in a Wright Brothers machine in 1908 he said: “The power of flight is as a fresh gift from the Creator, the greatest treasure yet given to man.”
Little did he know that he would lose his life whilst flying one of the Wright Brothers creations less than a year later. However, in this year he became the first person to complete a double crossing of the English Channel on the 2 June 1910 restoring national pride after Louis Blériot became the first person to fly across the Channel in a heavier than air aircraft on the 25th July 1909. Rolls was awarded the Gold Medal of the Royal Aero Club, a club which he co-founded. Within a few weeks the 32 year old aviator would lose his life in an air display at Hengistbury Head near Bournemouth. Another motoring pioneer Lord Montagu of Beaulieu interrupted his speech at the House of Lords to relay the news to the nation. He was the first Briton to be killed in an aeronautical accident in a powered aircraft, and only the eleventh internationally. He died a hero.
It is said that Rolls tried to unsuccessfully persuade Royce to design an aero engine. Years later Royce created an aero engine which one could argue was his masterpiece. An engine so important to the future survival of a nation and empire.
The Rolls-Royce Phantom Coupé Aviator Collection
A nation of course needs its heroes as much as it’s engineers. The few are far between and this new Rolls-Royce car is testament to this. The Rolls-Royce Phantom Coupé Aviator Collection cars celebrate the victorious Schneider Trophy Rolls-Royce S6B powered aircraft with an anodised aluminium transmission tunnel complete with exposed torx fixings and swage lines that echo the oil cooling veins on the S6B fuselage.
These highlights are repeated on collection car armrests.
An aviation grade clock with striking altitude needle help keep the pilot of this beautiful machine in character.
Highly polished, jewel like cup holders provide a little razzle and dazzle.
Painted in Aviator Grey with a contrasting matt bonnet, window and grille surround while inside the reciprocity of wood and metal continue the cockpit inspired theme.
This wonderful design and craftsmanship certainly harps back to a time of magnificent men and their flying machines. But sat on a glistening runway, lavishly dripping with elegant and stylish touches you can not mistake this powerful vehicle for the shed creations of the early avionic pioneers.
However as you put your foot down we are sure you’ll be more than ready for take off. Nostalgia and pride are sewn into every stitch. Knowing that there are only 35 of these magnificent machines on the planet will make the experience even more special.