Say hello and goodbye to the final Rolls-Royce Phantom VII

All good things must come to an end. Rolls-Royce is saying goodbye to its seventh-generation Phantom, and the last model to roll out of the factory is quite the fancy-pants ride indeed.In traditional Rolls-Royce form, it appeared to hire a poet to write the press release for this final Phantom VII. To cut through the fluff, this last Phantom is designed to resemble a 1930s ocean liner, per the customer’s request, from the powder blue interior leather to clocks designed specifically to resemble old-school naval timepieces. The lambswool carpets have “wakes” cut into them, and the primary clock has a time-zone dial, which makes it sound like this car will accompany its undoubtedly well-traveled owner around the world. There’s also a mention of HG Wells’ time machine, because if we’re going this far with metaphors, we may as well take it to the extreme.Rolls-Royce’s seventh-generation Phantom has packed a 6.8-liter V12 since it debuted 13 years ago. That makes it good for about 454 horsepower and 531 pound-feet of torque. The automaker originally planned for a V16, but the times dictated something a smidge more economical. The 2013 model year saw a number of Phantom updates including new wheels, new… Read full this story

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