Seven Days of Dream Car Garages: Day Six by Craig Cole

Seven Days of Dream Car Garages: Day Six by Craig Cole

2012 Rolls-Royce Phantom (with chauffeur)

If the M3 is all about funneling driving pleasure to the left-front chair then my next pick is dedicated smothering rear-seat passengers in obscene luxury. As land barges go, the Rolls-Royce Phantom is as lavish as they come.

Why a Roller? Well, sometimes you just don’t feel like driving. On those rare occasions the ghostly Phantom is perfect for the job.

Its interior is swathed in hectares of supple animal hides, knee-deep carpeting and enough wood trim to make it feel as though you’re sitting inside a tree. The floor mats are so plush asphyxiation from wool inhalation is a serious threat.

Rolls-Royce-Phantom-Rear-Seat.jpgThe car is also loaded with all kinds of gadgets and clever touches, from power-closing suicide doors to artfully concealed umbrellas. Overall the vehicle oozes class(warfare) and refinement.

For my personal chauffeur (we’ll call her “Alexandra”), a 6.7-liter V12 waits under the Phantom’s aircraft carrier-sized hood. Brandishing direct fuel injection and as many other technologies as money can buy, it delivers a stout 453 brake horsepower, likely more than the Space Shuttle.

In a lot of ways the Phantom is a car from a different era. It’s huge, it’s opulent and it’s highly desirable. Like American sedans of decades past this Rolls-Royce is an ocean liner for the highway.

  • Geodesic George

    What?!? No mention of the Dymaxion? Seriously? Bucky must be rolling over in his elegantly designed casket. The only redeeming item on this list is the Citroen DS. Now THAT’S a car!

  • “…you can go read Nancy Drew.”  That, sir, is some fine, funny writing right there.

  • Hope to hear more about that 1936 Ford.  I like the styling, Ford’s transition into Streamline Moderne style.

  • Isend2C

    Such a wonderful selection! It’s so personal and you had to have thought: “what’s that random communist car I like? oh yeah!”. I wish that you had done a video or narrated this, I Love how you speak in your videos.