Rolls-Royce Bespoke Design team created a Bespoke Koa Phantom Extended that features an unusual example of a rare species of Koa Wood. The vehicle was commissioned by a keen car enthusiast and one of Marque’s most valued clients, Jack Boyd Smith, Jnr.
Following three years of intense collaboration with the Rolls-Royce Bespoke Collective, consisting of designers, engineers, and craftspeople based at the Home of Rolls-Royce in England, Mr. Smith’s vision was realized. Inspired by his passion for unique vintage motor cars, the one-of-a-kind creation joins his personal collection of more than 60 unique motor cars in The JBS Collection Museum.
The Koa Phantom is the first Rolls-Royce Phantom that incorporates Koa Wood, a rare species of tree that grows only in Hawaii and is protected in Hawaiian State and National parks. A Koa Wood rocking chair has been a centerpiece in Mr. Smith and his wife Laura’s home for many years. Rolls-Royce Wood Specialists discovered a unique log that was harvested from the private agricultural land and spent three years to create the perfect veneer. This specimen displays a unique depth of character rarely seen, with a figure in the grain that creates the effect of velvet.
The Bespoke ‘Packard Blue’ hue of the Koa Phantom exterior shines a deep blue by day, but by night, is hidden in the darkness and is matched to Mr. Smith’s 1934 Packard Twelve Coupe. An elegant hand-painted coachline in Dove Grey runs the length of the car, matching the wheel center pinstripes. The driver’s door features the personalized initials “JBS Jr” while the passenger door bears the initials of Mrs. Smith, “LAS.”
On opening the coach doors, a personalized treadplate reads, ‘Hand-built in Goodwood, England for Laura & Jack Boyd Smith, Jr.’ Across Phantom’s fascia lies the Gallery – an uninterrupted piece of glass behind which clients can commission unique works of art and design. For the Koa Phantom, the wood is exhibited at the heart of the car.
Koa Wood embellishes the Dove Grey leather interior that is matched to the Packard Twelve and offset by Navy Blue highlights and piping. Above, a Bespoke handcrafted starlight headliner consisting of 1,420 fibre-optic lights on navy-blue leather, depicts the constellation of the night sky above Cleveland, Ohio, on Mr. Smith’s date of birth.
The Rolls-Royce monogram on the headrests is matched to the exterior finish. The rear compartment features a Champagne fridge, accompanied by a pair of crystal champagne flutes and decanter, engraved with the clients’ initials.
This unique commission comes with a hand-crafted Koa Wood Picnic Hamper. Koa Wood, saddle leather and stainless steel are meticulously crafted in a process that takes more than 500 hours to complete. The saddle leather trim and the interior leather are Dove Grey. Stainless steel features on both the exterior and interior of the hamper; with plaques that read, ‘Laura & Jack Boyd Smith, Jr.’ The hamper includes hand-made wine glasses and decanters from the Ajka Crystal factory in Hungary. The stainless-steel cutlery is hand-made in England. The hamper also includes Wedgwood porcelain plates.
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