Rolls-Royce is widely recognized as an ultra-luxurious coachbuilder for ultra-wealthy folks, and the grandiose Ghost our very own favorite at Temphas represents the entry point into that esteemed crowd, but every journey has its end and for the ghost Rolls-Royce gave all in with the Zenith editions, making only 50 of these models.
At the company annual pebble beach festival Rolls-Royce had a sendoff party for the ghost and we are sure many customers would have mixed feelings just as we do. Rolls-Royce says the Ghost Zenith is a luxury car at its “apex,” a curtain call for the automaker’s hugely successful shift to smaller, lower cost models that have attracted younger clients wanting to drive instead of ride. Wealth and size being relative, the Ghost based on the BMW 7-series that debuted for the 2009 model year and quit after 2015 has sometimes seemed it hadn’t quite earned its place on the designer rack. Even though all sorts of special editions and private custom builds have emerged, none of them have seemed quite as fully realized as the Ghost Zenith. The Zenith’s “highest level of Bespoke” is where the Ghost always belonged, and it’s good that it got there in the end.
The interior features contrasting leather for the center rear seat in a stitch pattern that recalls the 1907 Ghost. the color matches the center console, the gorgeous wraparound trim behind the rear doors, the dash, and the leather roof that animates shooting stars from within its 1340 fiber-optic lights. Extended-wheelbase models trade the night sky for a panoramic moonroof with thick line patterns embroidered into the panel cover, Rolls says that each of the 50 Zenith cars will have different drawings to link “the collection as a group homage.