Established in the early years of the twentieth century by businessman Charles Rolls and engineer Henry Royce, Rolls-Royce built luxurious motorcars from the beginning and quickly gained a reputation both in Britain and abroad for superior engineering and manufacturing. For decades, Rolls-Royces have been promoted with the tagline “best car in the world”. But is the most expensive Rolls-Royce always the best?
Never distracted by frivolities like racing or mass production, Rolls-Royce has always served a particular clientele and its automobiles have been popular with everyone from the English aristocracy to Hollywood movie stars and media moguls to Indian Maharajas to Asian business executives. Since its beginning, Rolls-Royce has built top shelf automobiles that make a visual statement. Very few other carmakers can say the same, and that’s why a Rolls-Royce is one of the ultimate status symbols. Even just the “Spirit of Ecstasy” figure perched atop every Rolls-Royce’s radiator grille is one of the most recognizable luxury icons in the world.
There are currently more than 250 modern Rolls-Royces listed on JamesEdition, the lowest priced of them being an early 2000s era Silver Seraph for $29,950. The lowest price for a model still in production is a 2014 Flying Spur for $75,959, while the most expensive Rolls-Royce is a one-off Pininfarina-bodied Phantom convertible for $3,267,084. That puts it among the 10 most expensive cars of all on JamesEdition, a list that also includes hypercars like the McLaren P1 GTR and Ferrari Enzo.
Below are the 10 most expensive rolling status symbols by Rolls-Royce, including that one-of convertible, that are currently up for grabs.
10. 2005 Rolls-Royce Corniche
The Corniche name goes all the way back to the early 1970s, when it was the two-door version of the Rolls-Royce Silver Shadow. Named after the French word for coastal roads like the Grande Corniche along the French Riviera, the Corniche was built up until 1995, then Rolls-Royce reintroduced it for a few years in the early 2000s. Always among the most expensive Rolls-Royces available, production of the Corniche was never more than a few hundred, guaranteeing exclusivity.
Located in Marbella, Spain, this Corniche is finished in Wildberry (a dark red) with a beige coachline and a Bordeaux soft top over beige leather. Its odometer shows just 12,639 km, which means it was driven ewer than 800 km per year and has been kept carefully. Importantly, it includes a full service history.
9. 2019 Rolls-Royce Dawn Convertible
Any Rolls-Royce is a standout, especially a convertible, but a Rolls-Royce Dawn with its trademark suicide doors and especially one finished in bright colors is even more attention-grabbing.
Located in Los Angeles, California, this Dawn is a 2019 model with just 2,700 miles on the odometer. Finished in Arabian Blue over Arctic White with Cobalto Blue trim, t’s practically a new car. With an original MSRP of $456,050, it is loaded with options including the Black Badge package (593hp and 620 lb-ft of torque compared to 563hp and 605 lb-ft in the standard car), sport exhaust, 21-inch carbon alloy composite wheels, front ventilated seats, a dark chrome Spirit of Ecstasy hood ornament, black cashmere headliner, leather floor mats, night vision, and Rolls-Royce Bespoke Audio.
8. 2019 Rolls-Royce Wraith Black Badge
Price: $ 382,000
Sticking with the theme of naming its cars after supernatural forces and apparitions, Rolls-Royce introduced the Wraith in 2013 as a two-door version of the four-door Ghost sedan. Like the Dawn convertible, it stands out with its front-hinged suicide doors and imposing looks. Available in Marbella, Spain, this 2019 Wraith is equipped with the more powerful Black Badge package for the 6.6-liter twin-turbocharged V-12 and is finished in Peacock Blue over Selby Grey and black leather. Other options include Rolls-Royce Bespoke audio, sport exhaust, lambswool floor mats, extended leather roof, carbon black 21-inch wheels, shooting star headliner, head-up display, and night vision.
7. 2021 Rolls-Royce Dawn Silver Bullet Collection Package
In 2020, Rolls-Royce introduced the “Silver Bullet” package for the Dawn convertible. Limited to a production run of just 50 examples, the Silver Bullet is inspired by Rolls-Royce’s stylish roadsters of the Roaring ‘20s. It is a “modern interpretation of the heady, irreverent attitude of that decade,” according to the company, and a “powerful and precise model that cuts through the noise and strikes a chord with all of those who seek escape and adventure.”
While the standard Dawn is already an exclusive oceanside cruiser, the Silver Bullet gets an open-pore carbon fiber fascia and quilted transmission tunnel for the interior, and the rear seat cowls are separated by a central spine that runs into the cockpit. Located in Vero Beach, FL, this car is a 2021 model showing just 46 miles (74 km).
6. 2021 Rolls-Royce Ghost
Finished in Dark Emerald Green over white, this 2021 Ghost is a new car located in Germany. It also features Mansory CS.11 22 inch wheels, a Shooting Star headliner and illuminated grilles and fascia. The rear seats can be optioned as either a classic 3-seat bench or the immersive seating configuration: a double chair setup complete with fixed armrest containing a refrigerated drinks cabinet. Like the Rolls-Royce Wraith, Rolls-Royce Dawn and BMW 7-Series with which it shares a basic platform, the Ghost is powered by BMW’s N74 V-12, a 6.6-liter unit with two turbochargers.
5. 2020 Rolls-Royce Phantom
Phantom is the most enduring name in Rolls-Royce’s history, with the first Phantom Is rolling out of the factory nearly a century ago. Typically, Phantoms are the largest and most luxurious cars in Rolls-Royce’s catalogue, and in certain eras the company would only sell Phantoms to its most distinguished clients.
The Phantom is currently in its eighth generation, which was introduced in 2017 and is still considered among the very best luxury automobiles on sale today. This 2020 model, located in Vancouver, Washington shows just 31 miles (50 km) on its odometer and is finished in two-tone Midnight Sapphire and Silver with a contrasting interior of Seashell and Navy Blue.
4. 2017 Rolls-Royce Phantom Drophead Coupe
While the current Rolls-Royce Phantom is only available as a four-door sedan, the seventh generation car could be had as a convertible, aka a Drophead Coupe. This one, located in Vancouver, Washington, is four years old but still shows just 46 miles on its odometer.
Finished in Crystal and Carrara White with black top over Selby Grey and Seashell, it is also one of 50 “Zenith” models built. Unveiled at Villa d’Este in 2016, the Zenith version of the Phantom VII adds a glass shelf at the rear section of the tailgate, padded leather seats on the tailgate, a champagne fridge in the boot, and a Bespoke version of the Rolls-Royce picnic hamper which among other things includes folding picnic tables, leather and wood shelving, crystal wine glasses, stainless steel cutlery, and an American walnut chopping board. Also included with the Zenith is laser etching into the armrest cappings, brushed steel for the speedometer, and the starlight headliner.
3. 2021 Rolls-Royce Cullinan by Mansory
Rolls-Royce finally entered the increasingly competitive luxury SUV market in 2018 with the Cullinan. Named after the Cullinan Diamond, it fits in above the Ghost and below the Phantom in the company model range. But even though the Cullinan makes enough of a statement right on the showroom floor, this one is a standout because it has been customized by Mansory. Mansory is a German car customizer that specializes in making high-end automobiles stand out even more than they already do with body kits, carbon fiber trim, large wheels, and extravagant brightly colored interiors. It was only a matter of time before Mansory turned its attention to the Rolls-Royce Cullinan, and this one features custom touches to the bodywork that are actually quite subtle for Mansory. Step inside, though, and you’ll see the extremely bright and in-your-face yellow upholstery.
2. Armored 2019 Rolls-Royce Cullinan
Unveiled at the Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este in 2018, the Rolls-Royce Cullinan is not only the company’s first SUV but also its first all-wheel drive automobile. This one appears fairly standard to the naked eye and yet the asking price is roughly three times that of a base Cullinan. That’s because it is offered directly from TRASCO Bremen GmbH, a leading commercial armored vehicle company that has been around for 35 years. The price includes the vehicle and the extensive work and material it takes to fully armor a large SUV.
1. 2008 Rolls-Royce Phantom Hyperion by Pininfarina
The most expensive Rolls-Royce on the list and indeed one of the most expensive cars to be found anywhere, is this special Rolls-Royce Hyperion. The word “unique” gets thrown around a lot in the car world, but rarely is a car actually one of a kind. This one, though, is truly unique in every sense of the word. Unveiled at the 2008 Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance and based on the Phantom Drophead Coupe, it wears special bodywork from Pininfarina, the Italian design firm and coachbuilder best known for clothing some of Ferrari’s greatest designs.
The body panels are carbon fiber, and Pininfarina reworked the shape with new recessed headlights, a slightly inclined grille, shorter tail, more rounded fenders, and raised beltline for a substantially different look than the original car. Inside, there is ample wood trim and even a special Girard-Perregaux clock designed specifically for this car. Located in Dubai, the one-off Rolls is also represented with 0 km and is essentially in brand new condition.