Rolls Royce is an automotive company that is steeped in age, but that hasn’t stopped them from building amazing vehicle models that stand the test of time. Rolls Royce is a name that is readily recognised throughout the world. It describes the very best that can possibly be acquired, and this doesn’t only apply to the famous automobiles. We Have compiled a list of our top 10 most amazing Rolls Royce cars ever made.
The Silver Shadow may be Royce’s flagship car, but the Phantom is arguably on equal ground. Featuring a full aluminium interior, body and engine, it keeps the weight to a minimum, making it the fastest car produced to date, comprising of 453 horse power and a V12 engine, but, it is not going to turn heads by zooming down the street, enjoy your ride, make people earn it. Originating in 2003, the Phantom has come a very long way in its 16 years of existence, and is still going stronger than ever.
2. Silver Shadow
At the time of its first production in 1965, The Silver Shadow was an immediate success. Sales were high and this deemed the necessity of manufacturing the largest production run of all Rolls Royce models to date.
This model was produced through 1980 and is also called the Silver Wraith II. The car features a 2-engine version including the 6.2-liter V8 which generates 172 horsepower and a 6.75-liter V8 that produces 189 horsepower. There was a total of 16,717 units of this model produced.
3. Silver Ghost
Considered by many as one of the best ever productions by Rolls Royce is the Silver Ghost, and, well, rightly so.
Sold between 1906 and 1926, the Ghost found its way to the homes of just over 7,800 homes throughout the world. In fact, they were so well-built, that many of these cars today, some over 100 years old, are still in working order!
For anyone who has seen one of these beauties, you will notice the finest little details have been constructed with the closest possible attention to detail, making the overall product simply magnificent.
4. Phantom Drophead Coupe
The Phantom Drophead Coupe was the first of its kind, introduced in 2007 in the US, it is the newest model so far on this list. Able to squeeze in 4 people, Royce’s coupe was, and is still, considered by some, as the epitemy of premium luxury.
Coming with a 2-tone color scheme as standard, for the upper and lower body, it is fitted out with superior interior décor, and comes with many customizable upgrades. Fun fact, the very first model was sold at a charity auction for $2 million USD!
5. Phantom III
With only 727 Phantom III’s sold, there is no doubt that it was only fit for those who had more than a few bucks to throw around! It was Rolls Royce’s first V12 car until almost the turn of the century, but what made it so special was that it comprised of a full-aluminium alloy engine, and, it was packed with over 7,300 cc of raw power, reaching speeds of almost 88 miles per hour.
6. Silver Wraith
Being the company’s first car after World War II, the Silver Wraith was a very special unit for more than just this reason. The performance was enhanced, but this was unnoticeable to the naked eye, as the elegant body covered these changes.
Actually, it was so beautiful, that it became the go-to car for some governmental and royal engagements; Irish Presidential Car, Royal Dutch State Limousine and the Ceremonial Car of the Brazilian Government. It also features in some big box office movies such as Batman and James Dean!
7. Phantom II
The Phantom II immediately followed the Phantom I and the first model rolled out of production in 1929. Rolls Royce continued to manufacture them until 1936. A limited number of Phantom II models was manufactured with a total number of 1,680 vehicles produced. The Phantom II was the last of the 40/50 horsepower models to be built by the company. It featured a 7668 cc I6 motor that bolted to the 4-speed transmission.
This model featured a new chassis design with the front axle mounted on a semi elliptical leaf spring, as with previous models that featured cantilever springs. This model was featured in two movies including “Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade” and “The Sorcerer’s Apprentice.”
8. Phantom I
Produced alongside the Twenty was the second series of the Phantom. Brought in to production in 1925, it came with a larger engine unit and made use of overhead valves, compared to the side valves seen in the previous model, the Silver Ghost.
The production rate was a little bit higher than the Twenty, with a touch over 2,250 built in the UK and a further 1,200 in the US. It was perhaps the beginning of that signature slick-look that we have come to know from RR.
One of the earliest Rolls Royce’s produced, the Twenty was built between 1922 and 1929, with a total of 2,940 cars sold in those 7 years. The cabin was built by a passionate contractor and the customer was able to select whichever style they would like, and it would be custom produced to their exact taste.
The Twenty was perhaps the most elegant looking of them all to date, it is nothing short of a work of art. The engine could only reach 60 miles per hour.
Number 10 on our list is the Rolls Royce Corniche. In production between 1971 and 1995, the Corniche is a 2-door soft-top convertible coupe.
As all Royce’s are, it was hand-assembled in the UK, and has a sibling; the Silver Shadow series. It is interesting to note that the Corniche was also sold as a Bentley, which later became to be known as the Bentley Continental.
It truly is a Sunday drive sort of car, with a 3-speed automatic gearbox and a top speed of a nifty 118 miles per hour!