Rolls-Royce customers are typically fabulously wealthy individuals – but one collector has gone above and beyond, and the end result will go on display at the 2017 Geneva Motor Show. An individual buyer has commissioned Rolls to create a unique long-wheelbase Ghost called the Elegance, which features a paint finish made with 1000 crushed diamonds.
The unique paint is called Diamond Stardust and creates what Rolls calls ‘the most luxurious and lustrous exterior ever seen on a motor car’. While the cost wasn’t specified, Rolls-Royce did say it was the most expensive paint to ever grace the body of a motor car.
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The diamonds were milled to a fine powder before being mixed with a clear paint, in a process that took Rolls-Royce specialists two months to perfect. It added a further two days to the paint application process, too – though that’s not too much for a car which already takes months to complete.
Elsewhere on its body the Ghost Elegance features hand-painted coachlines in Mugello Red and Black. The same red features on the centre of the wheels, while the theme continues inside, with black leather and Mugello red stitching and piping throughout.
In addition to the bespoke Ghost Elegance, Rolls-Royce will be debuting its first ‘Couture collection’ – the spring/summer 2017 ‘Dawn – Inspired by Fashion’ collection. Essentially it’s a collection of three Dawn convertibles, resplendent in bright Andalusian White paintwork and accented in three bright colours – Mugello Red, Cobalto Blue and Mandarin.
The final feature on Rolls’ stand will be the Wraith Black Badge – a more driver-focused version of the Wraith, with a redesigned suspension setup and added torque. While the end result is undeniably striking with its black paintwork, blackened chrome and dark Spirit of Ecstasy figure, it’s still a stretch to call any Rolls-Royce ‘sporty’.
All of these Rolls-Royces will be on display at the Geneva Motor Show this week.