The collection was inspired by Charles Stewart Rolls and the legend of the Supermarine S6B that won the 1931 Schneider Trophy. Powered by a 2350hp Rolls-Royce R Type engine, the S6B was the predecessor of the Supermarine Spitfire that would play an important role in WW2.
The Rolls-Royce Phantom Coupé Aviator Collection celebrates the spirit of human endeavor that drove a British hero and would subsequently lead Rolls-Royce to simultaneous world speed records on land, air and in the water.
The first Phantom in the collection features a suite of exclusive design concepts, color combinations and new materials.
“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 that hints at experiments in early flight married to the best engineering, modern design and exquisitely crafted materials.”
Finished in Aviator Grey, the Phantom Coupé Aviator Collection features a contrasting matte hood, window and grille surround. Inside, the interplay of wood and metal hint at a cockpit theme. An aviation-grade Thommen clock with blood orange needle tips is embedded in the metal foil upper fascia, complemented by matte black dials.
The lower fascia is veneered in mahogany and features Sapele contrast. Polished stainless steel veneer ‘onlays’ with bullet-shaped ends are designed to match floormat fixings.
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 only ten miles from the Home of Rolls-Royce Motor Cars in Goodwood, England. The collection cars celebrate the victorious S6B aircraft with transmission tunnel in anodised aluminum, and exposed torx fixings, and swage lines that echo the oil cooling veins on the S6B fuselage. 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 center console chrome plaque describes Rolls (only the second man in Britain to hold a pilot’s license) as Pioneer Aviator below his sweeping signature.
Fitted with leather floor mats, Aviator Collection cars have also been designed to incorporate the Rolls-Royce of cup holders: engineered in polished aluminum.