Inspired by Charles Stewart Rolls and the legend of the Schneider
Trophy-winning Supermarine S6B (powered by a Rolls-Royce R Type
engine), Rolls-Royce Motor Cars proudly present the Phantom Coupé
Aviator Collection. The collection celebrates the spirit of human
endeavour that drove a very British hero and subsequently led
Rolls-Royce to simultaneous world speed records on land, air and in
The first in the collection of 35 Phantom Coupé Aviator Collection
models – which feature a suite of exclusive design concepts, colour
combinations and new materials – debuts today at the Pebble Beach
Quail gathering in the United States.
“Our founding forefather Charles Stewart Rolls was a pioneer who
pushed the boundaries of motoring and aviation to the limit,” said
Torsten Müller-Ötvös, Rolls-Royce CEO. “With our exclusive Phantom
Coupé Aviator Collection we celebrate this great British hero,
presenting a car which hints at experiments in early flight married to
the best engineering, modern design and exquisitely crafted materials.
The collection takes Rolls-Royce Bespoke to new levels of subtle, yet
Finished in Aviator Grey, the Phantom Coupé Aviator Collection
features a contrasting matt bonnet, window and grille surround while
inside, the interplay of wood and metal hint strongly at a cockpit
theme. A Thommen, aviation-grade clock with blood orange needle tips
is embedded in the metal foil upper fascia, complemented by matt black
dials for power reserve, speedometer and fuel gauges.
The lower fascia is veneered in mahogany, painstakingly shaped by
craftspeople just as the early record-setting propellers were
fashioned and features Sapele contrast. Polished stainless steel
veneer ‘onlays’ with bullet-shaped ends are designed to match floor
Between 1931 and 1933 the Schneider Trophy was held in the South of
England, soaring over the Solent and the Witterings in West Sussex, a
location no more than 10 miles from the current Home of Rolls-Royce
Motor Cars in Goodwood, England. Collection cars celebrate the
victorious S6B aircraft with transmission tunnel in anodised aluminium
with exposed torx fixings and swage lines that echo the oil cooling
veins on the S6B fuselage side. These highlights are repeated on
collection car armrests.
The leather-lined glove compartment includes an embossed Charles
Rolls quote following his first flight with the Wright Brothers in
1908: “The power of flight is as a fresh gift from the Creator,
the greatest treasure yet given to man.” A centre console
chrome plaque describes Rolls – only the second man in Britain to hold
a pilot’s licence – simply as Pioneer Aviator, below a representation
of his sweeping signature.
Fitted with leather floor mats, Aviator Collection cars have also
been designed to incorporate the Rolls-Royce of cup holders.
Beautifully engineered in highly polished aluminium, the designer’s
aim was to deliver functionality, but with that special combination of
theatre and jewellery, both of which are expected by every Rolls-Royce client.
For more on the story of Charles Stewart Rolls please visit Rolls-Royce
Motor Cars PressClub. Phantom Coupé Aviator Collection models
are now available for client orders.