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Lifestyle: Rolls-Royce’s Art Deco inspired Ghost

by Frances Carbines
27 February, 2013
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A London based writer with a long-held interest in vintage clothing, antiques and timepieces, Frances' regular editorial content for Click Tempus' Lifestyle section includes everything from city guides to sartorial advice.

RR Art Deco Ghost Exterior

New Lifestyle writer Christopher Davies reviews Rolls-Royce’s majestic Art Deco inspired Ghost

Art Deco inspired Rolls Royce Ghost

Rolls-Royce‘s Art Deco inspired Ghost is what you come to expect from a manufacturer that specialises in creating beautifully bespoke and unique vehicles. Being able to hand assemble a vehicle to a customer’s specific requirements has been Rolls-Royce’s forte in the luxury car market for quite some time. While Art Deco may not be to everyone’s taste, the execution of this particular model is exquisite.

Art Deco – Symmetry and equilibrium

Rolls Royce Art Deco Ghost Interior

Taking influence from a design style which first appeared in France during the 1920s could potentially pose a few problems for a British car manufacturer in the 21st century. However some of the key aspects of the Art Deco movement, including symmetry and equilibrium, fall into the hands of a modern carmaker like Rolls-Royce and distinctive characteristics have been elegantly replicated. During its prime, the design style stood for luxury, grandeur and opulence, something to which Rolls-Royce’s customers can certainly relate.

Rolls Royce Art Deco

While Rolls-Royce claims its iconic Spirit of Ecstasy centrepiece on the bonnet of all vehicles could be a prequel to Art Deco, it is the finer interior features and striking external aspects that carry the biggest influence.

The Ghost’s exterior paint has been colour matched to an Art Deco advertisement that features a chauffer-driven Rolls-Royce carrying passengers to a club. The stunning Cobalto Blue paintwork runs along the side of the vehicle and is contrasted by a bonnet, roof and boot finished in subtle Jubilee Silver. Even though the exterior’s distinct colour separators are a clear homage to the movement, the Ghost’s interior is where the Art Deco impact takes an even stronger hold.

First impressions inside the car are stunning, but this is not an uncommon reaction for a Rolls-Royce vehicle. It is the understated yet eye-catching detail that makes the interior special. The Cobalto Blue colour is retained for the headrest monograms and piping that is featured throughout. This bold colour choice complements the full-grain Seashell leather beautifully.

A welcoming interior

 A welcoming interior

As with all Rolls-Royce veneers, the Walnut Burr has been painstaking cut, treated and installed by hand. The alluring colour and finish adds class and quality to a welcoming interior. On the central monitor cover, passenger picnic tables and door cappings, geometric Art Deco marquetry is featured, once again a tribute to the revolutionary design style.

Alongside its flagship Phantom model, Rolls-Royce fittingly unveiled its Art Deco offerings at the Paris Motor Show in 2012. Torsten Müller-Ötvös, Chief Executive of Rolls-Royce Motor Cars, said at the time, “these Art Deco-inspired motor cars stand as a testament to the breadth of the Rolls-Royce bespoke offering, reinforcing the marquee’s position as the world’s leading manufacturer of luxury goods”

Rolls Royce Art Deco Ghost Interior

Even though the aesthetics hark back nearly 100 years, performance figures remain contemporary. Rolls-Royce’s 6.6-litre twin turbo V12 engine produces 563 bhp. For a car that weighs the best part of two and a half tonnes, 0-62mph in 5.7 seconds on its way to a top speed of 155mph is remarkable.

Unsurprisingly this is an extremely exclusive model that will be made to order. The more expensive Phantom is also available in an Art Deco design, but interested parties can expect to pay a lot more than the standard versions.

Art Deco inspired Rolls Royce Ghost

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A London based writer with a long-held interest in vintage clothing, antiques and timepieces, Frances' regular editorial content for Click Tempus' Lifestyle section includes everything from city guides to sartorial advice.

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