Rolls-Royce Phantom’s interior wood was taken from HawaiiFebruary 15, 2021
Rolls-Royce has shown another sedan from the Bespoke collection – a long-wheelbase Phantom, which was specially commissioned by billionaire Jack Smith Jr. It was created using paint sample 1934 and a unique tree that grows only in Hawaii.
Jack Smith collects rare cars – there are about sixty of them in his collection. When ordering a new Rolls-Royce Phantom, he asked the company to paint it the same deep blue as his 1934 Packard Twelve Coupe.
To do this, he sent Packard’s wing to Goodwood. Rolls-Royce paint engineers needed to produce over forty colors before they found the right shade. In addition, the body of the sedan was decorated with golden monograms of Smith himself and his wife, and the Phantom sill line was decorated with a thin blue stripe. The Spirit of Ecstasy figurine is made of pure silver.
The main difficulties for the Bespoke developers were caused by the interior trim of this Phantom. Smith’s desire was to use the same wood from which his family heirloom, the antique rocking chair, was made. It became clear that they made it from a rare species of koa tree, which grows only on the Hawaiian Islands and, in the vast majority, on the territory of reserves where cutting is prohibited.
There are farms in Hawaii that grow koa for sale, but the interior trim of the Rolls-Royce sedan required a solid tree trunk, while the farms sold it only in single planks. As a result, the grower was forced to wait until one of the trees on the farm lands naturally. The wait dragged on for three years.
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