Rolls-Royce Phantom and Ghost Art Deco Cars

Rolls-Royce Phantom and Ghost Art Deco Cars

2012 Paris Auto Show


2012 Paris Auto Show

Just the Facts:
  • The Rolls-Royce Phantom and Ghost Art Deco cars debuted at the 2012 Paris Auto Show and are headed for production, said Rolls-Royce on Wednesday.
  • The automaker takes a turn toward the retro movement with the custom cars, which hark back to a major design movement following World War I.
  • Pricing and launch date for the Art Deco-inspired cars were not announced.

PARIS — The Rolls-Royce Phantom and Ghost Art Deco cars debuted at the 2012 Paris Auto Show and are headed for production, Rolls-Royce said on Wednesday.

The automaker takes a turn toward the retro movement with the custom cars, which hark back to a major design movement following World War I. The Art Deco movement was known for its streamlined shapes, geometric touches and Egyptian influences. Rolls-Royce said the Art Deco cars pay homage to a 1925 Paris exhibition that art historians credit with kicking off the movement.

"Art Deco was defined by theater, glamour and a sense of excitement," said Giles Taylor, Rolls-Royce design director in a statement.

Pricing and the launch date for the Art Deco-inspired cars were not announced.

Exterior colors on the Phantom Series II cars will include Infinity Black, Arabian Blue, Powder Blue or Arctic White. The cabin is defined by an Art Deco motif. An illuminated Spirit of Ecstasy hood ornament rounds out the package. Other interior touches include Art Deco headrest embroidery, custom inlays on piano black veneer and special tread plates.

The Ghost Art Deco cars get Infinity Black or Arctic White exterior paint and the illuminated hood ornament. A black-and-white interior is said to take its inspiration "from the color palette of the era."

Edmunds says: Rolls-Royce turns to the Paris of the past to create some of the most glamorous cars at the 2012 Paris Auto Show.

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