You could possibly say that Jack Boyd Smith Jr. went out on a limb when commissioning his new, one-off extended-wheelbase Rolls-Royce Phantom. Residing in Elkhart, Ind., the industrialist and traditional automotive collector made the request to Rolls-Royce Motor Vehicles for his automobile’s beautiful inside to function one of many rarest sorts of wooden on the planet; Hawaiian Koa.
Plainly Smith, whose firm Gaska Tape manufactures adhesive tape and foam for the automotive business, loves Hawaii and something made from Koa wooden. His favourite piece of furnishings is a Koa rocking chair that he and his spouse Laura purchased years in the past on Maui.
Usually, sourcing uncommon timber for a Phantom’s veneers shouldn’t be a problem for the artisans on the Rolls-Royce Bespoke woodshop within the UK. However with Koa timber protected in Hawaii, solely useless or fallen timber will be harvested. After which, it may possibly solely be from non-public land.
In response to Rolls-Royce, the method of monitoring down and negotiating to purchase an acceptable specimen of prized Koa took nearly three years. The tip end result, nonetheless, is spectacular. The wealthy, heat, honey-colored Koa veneer flows throughout the Phantom’s dashboard, heart console, rear picnic tables and doorways. It’s even utilized in an identical picnic hamper that, alone, took greater than 500 hours to create.
No marvel, then, that probably the most advanced and priciest bespoke instance of the mannequin to be delivered to a US purchaser is named “The Koa Phantom.”
“Now, each time I get into the automotive, I’m reminded of Hawaii,” says Smith, who’s including the eighth-generation Phantom EWB to his ever-growing assortment. Totaling over 60 vehicles proper now, his assemblage contains 4 different Rolls-Royce cars; a uncommon 1923 Silver Ghost, a 2001 Corniche convertible, a 2011 Phantom Drophead and a 2015 Phantom.
But it surely was one other prize from his assortment—a Pebble Seashore–successful 1934 Packard Twelve—that impressed his newest Phantom’s beautiful deep-blue exterior colour. And right here was yet one more problem.
Matching the precise shade of “Packard Blue” took greater than 40 makes an attempt. To assist with the method, Smith even had a fender from his Packard eliminated and shipped to Rolls-Royce headquarters in Goodwood, England.
Complementing the beautiful paintwork, the Phantom options contrasting Dove Grey hand-painted pinstripes alongside all sides, with the customized initials “JBS Jr” on the driving force’s door and Mrs. Smith’s initials “LAS” on the passenger aspect.
Different customizations embrace a stable sterling silver Spirit of Ecstasy decoration on that iconic grille, Dove Grey leather-based on the inside that additionally matches the Packard’s cabin, and a twinkly Starlight Headliner with 1,420 fiber-optic lights on navy-blue leather-based. The sample depicts the constellations of the evening sky above Cleveland, Ohio, on Mr. Smith’s day of beginning.
For Smith, who solely began gathering vehicles in 2013 and admits to purchasing eight classics in at some point, his new Phantom was definitely well worth the wait, and he refers to it as “a real murals.” To see your entire JBS Assortment, go to thejbscollection.com.