The Rolls-Royce Ghost – the British marque’s entry-level luxury limousine and best-selling model in the company’s history – is set to be sent off in style with a limited run of just 50 Zenith Collection models.
A number of unique appointments are set to be made to this farewell edition, most notably the inclusion of an ingot in the centre console made from part of the Spirit of Ecstasy bonnet ornament from the 2009 200EX concept – the car that became the Ghost – which has been melted down and set inside a trim piece that shows part of the mechanical blueprints for the Ghost, with the section shown being different in each of the 50 cars.
Some of the other special appointments include illuminated door pockets; wood, technical fibre, or piano black trim; bespoke seat embroidery on the rear bench that draws inspiration from the 1907 Silver Ghost; and, in the standard wheelbase model, a randomised shooting star effect on the famous starlight headliner that uses a total of 1340 individual lights.
Three standard two-tone colour schemes will be available for the Ghost Zenith Collection – Iguazu Blue with Andalusian White, Bohemian Red with Black Diamond, or Premier Silver with Arctic White – but as is to be expected, customers will have the ability to alter these colour schemes to their own tastes.
Although it’s not yet confirmed whether or not any Zenith Collection models will make their way Down Under, Rolls-Royce’s Asia-Pacific division has indicated that if it were to, a standard wheelbase model would run for around $830,000 while the long wheelbase variant would be around $920,000. That said, given just how many options for personalisation there are on a Roller, you could expect to pay a lot more for it by the time you’d spec’d it, assuming you could actually afford one.
It makes sense for Rolls-Royce to celebrate the importance of the Ghost this way, not just because of its strong sales, but because it has played an important role in helping the marque appeal to younger audiences, with it being one of the choice cars of young, self-made millionaires – a fact backed up by it lowering the average age of a Rolls-Royce buyer to 43 years of age.
If you miss out on one of these, however, don’t fret as an all-new Ghost is set to arrive sometime in 2020, with some test mules having been spotted around the place over the past few months. We’d imagine that a next-generation Wraith coupe would likely be based on the same platform eventually, too.