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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.


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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Greystone Mansion Concours d'Elegance – Beverly Hills, CA

April 19th, 2010 by Mike

The funny thing about most car shows is the car people. I’m blown away by the irony of walking through a lot full of incredible cars so tastefully kept (or restored) and then meeting the owners, dressed in Mom jeans and ergonomic sneakers, sporting wet-gelled hair.

Personally, I prefer to live in a fantasy world where every dude who drives an Aston Martin chooses his clothing and cocktails using the same discrimination with which he chose his vehicle.

Taking the shuttle bus up to Beverly Hills’ Greystone Mansion and walking onto the Concours d’Elegance grounds was like stepping into that fantasy world. The inaugural event, produced in conjunction with Gooding & Company, featured more than 100 cars and motorcycles. Fred Astaire’s 1927 Rolls-Royce and Rita Hayworth’s 1953 Cadillac were among them. I hope you enjoy the photos and video as much as we enjoyed the catered food and champagne, mansion tour, fashion show and best of all, the gentleman with the grey beard and leather jacket who hand-cranked his vintage Rolls Royce to a roaring start during the show, to much enthusiastic applause.


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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


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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Bentley Continental GT Speed – East 29th Street

February 9th, 2009 by Stu

For those who need more power, Bentley created the Continental GT Speed, a 600HP grand touring coupe capable of 200 + MPH. This Moroccan Blue example may not reach that speed in second avenue traffic, but it sure looks good standing still. Enthusiasts can tell the GT Speed apart from the “base model” thanks in part to the dark-tinted chrome matrix grille set into the main and lower air intakes. At the rear, the Speed is differentiated with a black lower bumper valance and wider, rifled exhaust tailpipes. Wider 20-inch wheels and bespoke Pirelli PZero tires are also standard on the GT Speed.