Goodwood, England - When John Lennon had his Phantom V painted in psychedelic carnival-caravan colours in the 1960s it wasn’t entirely in keeping with the stately, stiff-upper-lip Rolls-Royce image.
The late Beatle admitted his handiwork wasn’t met with universal acclaim and recounted a tale of a woman who chased the car, shouting, “You swine! You swine! How dare you do that to a Rolls-Royce!”
It’s not known how Rolls-Royce itself reacted to the party paint job on Lennon’s car back in 1965, but today the luxury-car firm is quite happy to link its stately vehicles with a rock & roll history. Through the ages the firm’s cars have found many a home amongst rock music’s royalty, including one Elvis Presley who bought his first Rolls-Royce, a Phantom V, in January 1961 at a Beverley Hills dealership.
In this spirit, Rolls-Royce has created a special present Wraith ‘Inspired by Music’ derivative with what’s claimed to be the most exhaustively designed sound system in automotive history.
The Lyrical Copper exterior paint finish, along with copper-themed speaker grilles and other copper interior textures, signify the use of copper in the best audio systems. Along with numerous other Bespoke styling touches, the clock is crafted with a combination of copper and silver, and the outer bezel mimics the look and feel of vinyl records.