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by Michael Hines
For people that find the Spirit of Ecstasy to be somewhat lacking in exclusivity.
Rolls-Royces are pretty rare and luxurious to begin with. However, some Rollers are both rarer and more luxurious than others. Those are the one-off Rolls-Royces featured here. The British automaker doesn't hold back on luxury when it comes to its production cars, but it really lets the luxury dogs out when working on one-offs. These Rolls-Royces shown here are more or less mansions on wheels. If you believe that too much luxury is never enough, then continue reading below.
This is no ordinary Phantom Drophead Coupe. In addition to sporting an awesome paint job, this one-off features a built-in Asprey jewelry box, teak decking with mother-of-pearl inlays in the wooden veneer, engraved tread plates, rotary controllers and a clock finished in mother-of-pearl. Oh, and it also comes with a bespoke set of luggage.
Luxury car collector Roland Hall commissioned Pininfarina to completely transform his Rolls-Royce Drophead Coupe, telling them to redesign it to look like a luxury car from the 1930s. The end result is the simply stunning Hyperion, which looks like something F. Scott Fitzgerald's Gatsby would drive. It originally sold for $6 million and was recently put up for sale again in the Middle East.
The two-tone Ghost featured here was unsurprisingly built for a wealthy Qatari. The paint job is a mix of English White with Ensign Red running down the center. Seashell and Consort Red leather dominate the interior and are complemented by Elm Cluster veneer.
Rolls-Royce paid tribute to the Middle East with this, the one-off Mirage. The Mirage is based on the Phantom Drophead Coupe and gets its name from a champion Arabian horse purchased by the king of Iraq in the early 20th century; emblems of the horse's head are placed throughout the exterior. Carbon fiber was used extensively on both the exterior and interior, and the whole package sits on a set of custom 21-inch wheels.
In addition to pandering to the Middle Eastern market, Rolls-Royce is also adept at pandering to the ever-growing Chinese market. The Year of the Dragon Phantom is the result of said pandering. The one-off luxury ride was designed to celebrate the Year of the Dragon and is covered in dragon depictions. There are hand-embroidered depictions of dragons on the headrests, a dragon inlay on the passenger panel and an LED-illuminated treadplate bearing "Year of the Dragon 2012" on the door sills. Nothing says Rolls-Royce like gold and dragons.