British luxury carmaker Rolls Royce will unveil the Phantom Coupé Aviator Collection at the US Pebble Beach Quail concourse event this weekend.
The collection celebrates the spirit of human endeavour that drove a very British hero and subsequently led Rolls-Royce to simultaneous world speed records on land, air and in the water.
The debuting Phantom model, like the rest of the Aviator collection, is Rolls-Royce’s tribute to both the marque’s founder Charles Stewart Rolls – a pioneer in both the automotive and aviation sectors – and the legend of the Supermarine S.6B seaplane, which used an Rolls-Royce R-Type engine to win the coveted Schneider Trophy with pilot John Boothman in 1931.
The special edition Phantom comes with a matt window and grille surround and bonnet. Inside, changes include a Thommen aviation clock with blood orange needles. The mahogany veneer lower fascia carries sapele highlights and polished stainless steel trim.
Other S6B-inspired features include an anodised aluminium transmission tunnel with exposed torx bolts and swage lines that echo the oil cooling veins on the plane’s fuselage.