When it comes to luxury vehicles, Rolls-Royce ranks among the most notable. From billionaire businessmen (and women) to royalty, the high-end automaker is the mode of transportation for the wealthy. While their fleet of cars comes off the lot with an already hefty price tag, owners have been known to up the ante with customization and bonus amenities that add a considerable amount of zeros to sticker price. Here are 15 of the most expensive Rolls-Royce cars in the world.
Rolls-Royce Phantom Solid Gold
Price: $8.2 million
Owned by a businessman in the Gulf, where buying gold laden vehicles is a trend, this exclusive customized version of the car which is already known by some as the most luxurious in the world, has been given some further additions. The solid gold Rolls-Royce carries a total of 120kg of 18K gold in different parts, such as the front grill, side trims, boot handle, wheels, etc. Since the demand of the buyer was something safe along with being special, the car has been fully armored with protection for machine guns and ballistic missiles with certifications from the Gouvernement Beschussant Muchen, which tested the car’s security features. Also, some of the gold used in the interiors was done by first creating molds of the components, and then applying the malleable precious metal to decorate them. For the outside, golden veneers were specially crafted for this edition.
1904 Rolls-Royce 10-HP
Price: $7.25 million
One of the most cherished models of the vintage Rolls-Royce, because it was one of those which had the brainchild of Charles Rolls behind it. He created the car in 1904, and it was finally unveiled on April 1st of that year. Initially there was a plan to construct 19 of these, but only 17 were ever created, and even fewer exist today. The first edition of the car had a 10-HP 1.8-liter engine, with a 3-speed gearbox, along with twin cam operating overhead inlet valve, which were landmarks of that age. Throughout the 108 years of its existence, the car has changed hands of numerous owners like Percy Binns in 1920, Oliver Langton in 1950. Eventually, the present owner bought the vehicle in 1978, and has seen extensive rework including red leather upholstery, P&H side oil lights, acetylene headlights, and aluminum pistons under the engine hood.
1912 Rolls-Royce Silver Ghost
Price: $3.2 million (estimate)
One of the first pieces in the series, the Silver Ghost gave the reputation to the Rolls-Royce Company, as the maker for the “Best car in world” as judged by Autocar magazine. What also makes the 1912 model a collector’s item is the fact that it’s a part of a series, which did not have much luck in the 2 World Wars, as most of them were destroyed during those periods. By the virtue of being under the shadow of the most famous car owners, this particular unit (chassis no. 1907) remains perfectly intact, and almost as good as new. After looking at such a journey over the years, no wonder, that in mid-1960s’, the noted toymaker Corgi Toys made it a part of their Corgi classic series. This also ended up giving this car its nickname ‘The Corgi’ Rolls-Royce.
Rolls-Royce Ghost Fenice Milano series
Price: $3 million
Built with two spiked up models in tan and white and also in purple, this edition of the Rolls-Royce Ghost seemed like the perfect fit for the well heeled hip-hop stars. Special alloy wheels, with front grille, center panel of the engine bonnet, rear view mirror, side skirts, and even the exhaust at the back have all been done in 24-carat gold. On the interior, one would see the generous use of the precious metal on the door handles, central control panel, rear view mirror, AC vents, and also the rear passenger seat panels. It of course comes with the dual tone fabrication which had options like the white and purple, and also white and tan.
Rolls-Royce Phantom Drophead coupe
Price: $1.6 million
The unique piece of the Rolls-Royce Phantom Drophead Coupe was lately auctioned off for $1.6 million in order to raise funds for the Elton John AIDS Foundation. It’s a great jump for any charity auction if we talk about the actual pricing of the roadster, which otherwise falls between $400K and $500K. The Phantom Drophead Coupe is power driven by a 6.75 liter V12 engine that pumps out 453 horsepower and 531 pound-feet of torque.