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Rolls Royce Silver Spur VS Ghost – South of Houston, NYC

March 29th, 2011 by Ian

Old versus new. Classic versus modern. Original versus retro. It all centers on the notion of using company origins to inform the future. In the case of automotive sculpture, designers are no strangers to using classic sheet metal to inspire future product. And here we have it, spotted in the heart of SOHO, an older Silver Spur and a brand spanking new Ghost sitting in close proximity to one another for easy comparison. Hey, you gotta love New York right? Sure, the now dated Spur won’t go down in history for being one of the brand’s most coveted or collectable models, but, like the Ghost that succeeded it, both vehicles are stately, powerful, whisper quiet, lavish as lavish can be and were clearly envisioned to be the ultimate status symbol for any driver deep pocketed enough to possess the keys. The trend toward sheer and utter opulance was followed closely despite the 20+ year age difference and varying design details. A Rolls Royce is a Rolls Royce after all.

A little known fact…the Silver Spur, as it’s known in Long Wheel Base form (SWB = Silver Spirit), was the first RR to feature the retractable Spirit of Ecstasy.

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Rolls-Royce Phantom Drophead Coupé – W55th Street, NYC

September 8th, 2010 by Stu

As I watched curiously at the endless flow of slack-jawed mid-town tourists pointing and oohing and snapping camera phone pictures, it became immediately apparent that you don’t have to be an enthusiast to know you’re in the presence of automotive greatness. Say hello to the Phantom Drophead Coupe, a hand-built, $443,000, 5,886 pound, 18.4 foot tribute to all that is holy in the world of luxury motoring. Just like the 4-door Phantom, Drophead Coupé combines features of the luxuriant 1930s Art Deco with cold 21st century. The eye-catching stainless steel bonnet shields a massive 6.7L V12 capable of propelling the marine-nautical themed land yacht to 60 MPH in a mere 5.6 seconds. Top speed is governed at 150 MPH, which is not really an issue considering how good this thing looks while moving slowly.

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All snowed in – Teaneck, NJ

February 10th, 2010 by Stu

What do you do when it’s snowing cats and dogs outside and there’s nearly 1,600 horsepower sitting on tap in the driveway? Nothing, that’s what. Unless you want to end up eating your food through a straw or laying face down in a ditch somewhere. It seems rapper Juelz Santana was in general agreement as his flock of snow white rides sat patiently for the storm to pass outside of his Teaneck, NJ recording studio. Recognize the Corvette? He bought it after releasing his first album “From Me to U” – it is featured prominently in the opening scene for the 2006 hit single “There it Go“. Hopefully he laid down some fresh tracks to pay for all the bling.

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Garage Queens – Rolls-Royce Silver Seraph: W83rd St., NYC

January 25th, 2010 by Ian

This two-tone cream puff, affectionately known as Ms Magnolia, was found tucked away in this Upper West Side garage. The gold spirit of ecstasy is a nice touch.

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Rolls Royce Corniche IV – Thompson Street, NYC

December 22nd, 2009 by Ian

Rolls1We spotted this cushy cabrio outside the Thompson Hotel in SOHO. The vanity plates seem a little bold for anyone short of Russell Simmons or Jay-Z. But hey, it’s Manhattan – maybe the music moguls are sipping on drinks inside.

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Rolls Royce Phantom Hybrid? – East 65th Street, NYC

July 14th, 2009 by Ian

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We couldn’t help but notice the Hybrid badges on this $380,000+ Phantom EWB rolling around the Upper East Side. The driver told us the one-of-a-kind Hybrid Phantom is a prototype that was generously loaned to his VIP client, by Rolls Royce, for everyday use. While this field testing technique is not unheard of, and there is talk of an EV, we are suspect of the big green badge, which is identical to the one General Motors places on all their plebeian hybrids. You would think a unique badge would be fitting for such a lavish engineering effort. 

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