2009 Rolls-Royce Phantom Coupe - £129,995

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Certainly one of the most impressive feats of engineering and, in time, will be seen as the most impressive Grand Tourer of its era. Its a car Rolls Royce dont sell today, the replacement Wraith Coupe is based on the smaller Ghost Platform, this is the last of the Great Coupes harking back to a bygone era.

 

Our car is a 2009 model finished in Dark Tungsten Pearl with Consort Red leather interior, a stunning and modern combination when combined with the Piano Black Veneers. It has covered 32k Miles from new and has a Full RR Service history with the last service at RR Sunningdale just having been carried out, so it is totally up to date. The car has been well looked after by its 5 owners and has nearly every option ticked including the Starlight Headlining. A selection of the options is as follows:

 

Electric Spirit of Ecstacy, Bluetooth Phone, Sat Nav, Garage Door Opener, Concealed Umbrellas, Black Piano Wood, Automatic Doors, TV Tuner, Starlight Headlining, and much more.

 

Vickers' controversial sale of its Rolls-Royce and Bentley brands in 1997, although acrimonious at the time, allowed the two marques to reaffirm their traditional roles in separate ownership: Rolls-Royce continuing to provide the ultimate in luxurious motoring for the plutocracy under BMW's stewardship, with Volkswagen-owned Bentley catering for the wealthy owner-driver with sporting inclinations. Concluded in 1998, the deal left VW in control of the Crewe factory and it was not until January 2003 that Rolls-Royce would be officially re-established at its new home close to Goodwood in Sussex. 

An historic model in the continuing history of the Rolls-Royce marque, the Phantom was the first all-new design to be introduced by the company following its takeover by BMW. To the relief of traditionalists it looked nothing like a BMW, despite the underlying technology. Produced at a new factory near Goodwood in Sussex, the Phantom revived a great name from Rolls-Royce's past that had always been synonymous with unrestrained luxury. In keeping with the tradition established by previous Phantoms, the newcomer was a very large motor car, outstretching the old Silver Seraph (the last Crewe-built Rolls-Royce) by 18" while boasting a radiator shell 4" taller. Priced at around £260,000 at time of launch, it was also 40% more expensive. 

At 140.5", the new car's wheelbase was only fractionally shorter than that of the superseded Phantom VI that had ceased production in the 1990s; gone however, was the old pushrod V8 engine, its place being taken by an all-new 48-valve V12 of 6.7 litres capacity. Despite being normally aspirated, the latter produced 460bhp, comfortably exceeding the old engine's maximum when turbo-charged, albeit at a high (by Rolls-Royce standards) 5,300 revolutions. This abundance of power was transmitted to the rear axle via a six-speed automatic gearbox, while air-sprung suspension and automatic level control ensured that ride quality remained uncompromised. A top speed of 149mph put the 2½-ton Phantom within sight of the supercar league, though models destined for North America were electronically limited to 130mph. 

Rolls-Royce's relatively small size and resulting lack of development funding had meant that evolution rather than revolution had characterised the progression of its cars; under BMW's stewardship however, the company was able to start afresh, embracing the best of modern technology. Thus the Phantom's bodyshell was a state-of-the-art aluminium space frame structure, stiffer yet lighter than the equivalent steel body, whose rear-hinged rear doors revived a practice from bygone days. This arrangement not only provided easy access for rear-seat passengers but also enabled photographs of the occupants to be taken unobstructed by the open doors, a positive advantage for a 'media savvy' clientele. 

While the body structure represented the ultimate in automotive technology, its accoutrements remained entirely traditional in choice of materials, consisting of the finest hide trim, genuine woollen carpets and carefully selected wood veneers. Certain dashboard features recalled those of earlier models, while there was a choice of five-seater ('Lounge') or four-seater (Theatre') accommodation. 

The Coupe debuted at the 2008 Geneva International Auto Show in Switzerland, on 6 March 2008. The platform is based on the Phantom and has styling heavily derived from the Rolls-Royce 100EX, a concept car unveiled to celebrate the company's centennial in 2004. The Phantom Coupé is powered by a 6.75 L V12, producing 459 PS (338 kW; 453 hp), 531 pound-feet of torque—with nearly 400 lb-ft, or 75 percent, available at just 1,000 rpm—and has segment-leading fuel economy thanks to modern technology such as direct injection and variable valve and camshaft control. The car features reverse-opening power-closing doors, adaptive suspension with automatic four-corner levelling, 21-inch alloy wheels, a 15-speaker 420 watt sound system with navigation, and a handcrafted interior with flawless leather trim and a choice of wood veneers. The "picnic" boot provides a seating platform for two and offers easy access to the luggage compartment. Optional equipment includes front and rear parking cameras and a wide array of paint colours and interior trim material choices. A unique option is a full-length "starlight" headliner, which incorporates hundreds of tiny fibre optics to give the impression of a star-filled night sky.

 

This is the ultimate in Coupe motoring, it is not a car you can replicate, even new, today, they made very few and it really has to be seen to be appreciated, this car ticks every box as well as being the most competitively priced in the market today. Call us for more information.