The group of 30 customized Rolls-Royce Phantoms, built in 2016 for the Hotel 13, Macau, represents the largest single commission in Rolls-Royce’s history. Now two of them are put up for sale via the JamesEdition Car Club (including an especially rare vehicle cast in gold).
“I’m not quite sure when we’ll ever top them, but it won’t be for some time yet.” – Gavin Hartley, Head of Bespoke Design, Rolls-Royce says.
Why are these cars can be considered the rarest in recent car history? And what makes them collectible for the future?
1. One-of-a-kind car fleet for a unique designer hotel
The number 13 is considered unlucky in most cultures, but not in China. “The 13” hotel in Macau eschews superstition and invites the world’s most fortunate people to enjoy its 200 multi-level villas.
One of the world’s most expensive designer hotels, The 13’s palatial 23-story facility opened in 2017. Each villa has direct access via elevator and comes with 24-hour butler service, while the biggest rooms measure nearly 2800 square meters.
When guests get hungry, they have access to the only location of the three Michelin star L’Ambroise outside of Paris. In short, the hotel is just about unsurpassed in terms of luxury and expense. And it doesn’t end when guests decide to leave the property.
New York architect Peter Marino may have designed the hotel with inspiration with 17th century French Renaissance and Baroque décor. But some might think of the Great Gatsby instead. That’s because of the 30 Rolls-Royce Phantoms on the property available to guests.
2. Rolls-Royce Phantoms: “the ultimate limousine experience”
The fleet, which the hotel calls “the ultimate limousine experience,” is made up of Extended Wheelbase models specially built by Rolls-Royce’s Bespoke Design department.
Now, though, it looks like people can take one of these extravagant hand-built luxury cars home with them for good. Two of them are for sale on the private market.
The group of 30 Phantoms, originally ordered by luxury entrepreneur and The 13’s chairman Stephen Hung, represented the largest single commission in Rolls-Royce’s history. Its total estimated cost was around $20M when the British carmaker delivered the cars in 2016.
The 13’s Phantoms made headlines and were one of the key distinguishing features of the hotel. The reason for the sale of Phantoms isn’t disclosed. But it certainly doesn’t take anything away from the grandeur of the cars themselves.
3. Phantom’s Bespoke features
- The Phantoms feature a shade of red paint specially formulated for the hotel.
- The red complemented by a gold double coachline and body-color bespoke 21-inch wheels.
- The interior glows with wood trim specially stained to match the exterior paint as well as special starlight patterned headliner.
- Checkered pattern inserts on the rear seats mirror the hotel’s grand entrance.
- The clock was designed in collaboration with London-based jeweler Graff.
- Two of the cars, built with the hotel’s most distinguished guests in mind, are called the “Gold” cars, and it only takes one look to see why. They feature a gold-plated Spirit of Ecstasy hood ornament, grille and interior accents. Even the paint itself is infused with tiny particles of pure gold. And to top it off the Rolls-Royce badge is encrusted in diamonds.
Given the scale of Hung’s order and the level of detail put into each car, Head of Bespoke Design at Rolls-Royce Gavin Hartley said upon their release that “I’m not quite sure when we’ll ever top them, but it won’t be for some time yet.”
That makes these vehicles fairly collectible for the future if not already, especially the “Gold” car. And although it was Rolls-Royce’s largest ever single fleet order, there really aren’t that many of these cars to choose from and Bespoke Rolls-Royces don’t often come up for sale, so this is a highly unusual opportunity for buyers and collectors.