Designer Stuart Hughes and Eurocash AG of Switzerland essentially just turned a car that was already an icon of wealth—the Rolls Royce Phantom—into a gold army tank (via Yahoo Auto).
An anonymous buyer, described only as “a businessman from the Middle East,” just purchased the gold-plated, fully armored, and astronomically expensive Rolls Royce Phantom EWB.
Only two of the cars have been created so far, at the astounding cost of $8.1 million a piece.
The designers replaced the car’s chrome trim on the grill, door handles, trunk lid, hinges, and other hardware with 18-karat gold. It has more than 264 pounds of the metal, which might be a good investment considering its current trading value.
The project began when Switzerland-based Eurocash AG, which bulletproofs autos, started developing the Phantom for one of their clients (who likes to stay safe while driving around in an $8 million car, apparently).
They approached Hughes about the aesthetics of the project. Eurocash AG turned the car into a machine that protects the rider from AK-47s and even hand grenades. Ballistics testing proved it can withstand 570 shots also two grenade blasts at the same time.
In case the rider ever forgets how valuable his transporation is, a plaque inside the Phatom states: “One of the first two Armoured EWB Phantom of Production [sic] in the World.” It may not be proper English, but extreme wealth still translates across all cultures.
The Rolls-Royce Phantom Drophead Coupé was unveiled at the North American International Auto Show on January 7, 2007, at Detroit, Michigan. At that show, Rolls Royce announced that they planned to build only 100 of them annually at their facility in Chichester, West Sussex, United Kingdom. The car was expected to retail at $412,000. The car entered the United States market with a $443,000 price tag. However, in the first year, the company sold 253 of these cars. One car was sold at auction for charity in 2007 for two million dollars, qualifying it as the most expensive new car ever sold in the United States.
The car is extremely quiet for a convertible, which holds four people comfortably. Rolls Royce makes this car to be impressive and has looked at every detail down to its hessian floor mats. The car is teak wood trimmed giving that highly polished appearance. Drivers are disappointed that the car has a large blind spot. Storage space is adequate for this size of car. The two-toned car features rearward opening coach doors. Buyers can choose from more than 44,000 color combinations. The car features a V12 engine for driving pleasure. It will go from zero to 60 in 5.4 seconds.