Rolls-Royce Phantom Coupé Aviator edition

Rolls-Royce Aviator limited edition
The new Rolls-Royce Aviator limited edition, which honours the plane-spotting passions of company founder Charles Stewart Rolls
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We can't resist this piece of extravagant engineering. The Aviator is a new niche model from Rolls-Royce (opens in new tab)'s Bespoke Vehicle department. Designed to simultaneously honour the plane-spotting passions of company founder Charles Stewart Rolls (opens in new tab) while also giving its contemporary designers, seamstresses, woodworkers, and craftspeople something of a work out, the Phantom Coupé Aviator Collection (opens in new tab) is a strict limited edition.

Just 35 examples of this finely honed automobile will be built, each featuring a host of unique details designed to hark back to the glory days of flight.

Before Rolls-Royce's aviation concerns were hived off to form a separate company, the name was associated with attempts at the world airspeed record through the Schneider Trophy (opens in new tab) of the early 1930s. The Rolls-Royce-powered Supermarine S6B, one of the most evocative aeroplanes of all time, is referenced in the interior of the new car, with its aluminium, leather and wood interior.

Rolls himself was a pioneering early balloonist and aviator - indeed, he was Britain's very first aviation casualty when he was killed in his Wright Flyer in 1910. The interior of the Aviator is unashamedly retro, but the functionalist feel of exposed fixings, rich mahogany and plenty of spinning dials makes for a truly evocative space.

Rolls-Royce Phantom Coupé Interior

The Rolls-Royce-powered Supermarine S6B, one of the most evocative aeroplanes of all time, is referenced in the interior of the new car, with its aluminium, leather and wood interior

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Front headlight view of the Rolls-Royce Phantom Coupé

Just 35 examples of this finely honed automobile will be built, each featuring a host of unique details designed to hark back to the glory days of flight

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The interior of Aviator

The interior of Aviator is unashamedly retro

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Interior of the Rolls-Royce Phantom Coupé

But the functionalist feel of exposed fixings, rich mahogany and plenty of spinning dials makes for a truly evocative space

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Inside view of the Rolls-Royce Phantom Coupé front dashboard compartment

Rolls himself was a pioneering early balloonist and aviator - indeed, he was Britain's very first aviation casualty when he was killed in his Wright Flyer in 1910

(Image credit: TBC)

Jonathan Bell has written for Wallpaper* magazine since 1999, covering everything from architecture and transport design to books, tech and graphic design. He is now the magazine’s Transport and Technology Editor. Jonathan has written and edited 15 books, including Concept Car Design, 21st Century House, and The New Modern House. He is also the host of Wallpaper’s first podcast.