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These are the most intricate bespoke cars Rolls-Royce has ever created

Rolls-Royce has crafted numerous vehicles over the last few years that push the envelope.

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Nearly every aesthetic aspect of a Rolls-Royce can be customized. From traditional leather choices to intricate inlays, vapor blasted titanium, and million-stitch embroidery, the options for owners from the Bespoke side of the brand are nearly endless.

"I am proud to say that the craftsmen and women of Rolls-Royce Motor Cars have surpassed themselves once again in creating an array of extraordinary motor cars, tailored to the requirements of some of the most influential and discerning individuals in the world," said Torsten Müller-Ötvös, Chief Executive, Rolls-Royce Motor Cars. "These motor cars become unique works of art and it is an extraordinary feat when you consider that each and every single one of these unique commissions has been created on one production line at the Home of Rolls-Royce in Goodwood, West Sussex – the skills of these individuals knows no bounds."

Here, AutomotiveMap takes a closer look at some of the most intricate designs that the luxury automaker crafted in 2019.

The Arabian Gulf Phantom

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Canvas: Phantom │Medium: Embroidery, Paint, Mother of Pearl, Sculpted Silk Appliqué
The Arabian Gulf Phantom features the rich colors of the Middle East. The Phantom's Turchese paint job is evocative of vibrant water, while the Andalusian White upper two-tone recalls the purity of natural pearls. The car's Arctic White coachline features a hand-painted Nautilus shell motif.

A sculpted silk appliqué Gallery by British Artist Helen Amy Murray takes centre stage across the motor car's fascia. Reminiscent of swelling oceans, the Turchese Gallery is punctuated by a Mother of Pearl clock.

A take on the Nautilus shell that is on the exterior is embroidered on Phantom's rear doors, The motif is executed in Mother of Pearl marquetry on the picnic tables' fascia. Once deployed, the picnic tables present a complex piece of marquetry, incorporating Mother of Pearl to the picnic table-top.

Wraith Eagle VIII Collection

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Canvas: Wraith │Medium: Gold Vacuum Metalized Wood with Silver and Copper Inlays
Rolls-Royce created 50 unique Wraith Eagle VII Collection models to commemorate the anniversary of the first non-stop transatlantic flight by Alcock and Brown in June 1919. To complete the flight, the pilots were propelled by Rolls-Royce Eagle VIII engines.

The new models feature a unique starlight headliner with 1,183 fiber-optic lights were designed to be reminiscent of the nighttime sky at the time of the historic flight. The flight path and constellations are embroidered with the brass thread. The exact moment the duo left the clouds is marked by a red light.

The brass speaker covers are engraved with Winston Churchill's quote commending the pair's achievement on the driver's door.

It also features smoked eucalyptus fascia, vacuum metalized in gold and inlaid with silver and copper, depicting a birds-eye view of the Earth at night, showing a light map of roads and homes glittering below.

​The Million Stitch Rolls-Royce

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Canvas: Phantom │Medium: Embroidery
The Million Stitch Rolls-Royce Phantom features flowered embroidery that is made with a million stitches. The starting point of the stitching is a rose bred exclusively for Rolls-Royce by Harkness Roses. The Rolls-Royce headquarters in Goodwood, England, is the only place in the work where the rose is grown. Read more about the model here.

Ghost Zenith Collection

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Canvas: Ghost │Medium: Engraving, Commemoriate Ignot, Perforated Leather, Embroidery
Rolls-Royce Motor Cars marked the close of a decade of the current generation of Ghost by creating the limited edition Zenith Collection. Just 50 Ghosts were part of the collection, which featured the highest level of bespoke available in a Ghost Collection.

The Ghost Zenith references the 200EX, an experimental car that introduced the contemporary expression of the Ghost nameplate in 2009. This design was immortalized in a blueprint-inspired artwork, divided into 50 distinct parts, and engraved on the centre console of Ghost Zenith.

A commemorative ingot, made from the original Spirit of Ecstasy of 200EX, was set into the centre console of each of the cars. Each Ghost Zenith Collection model's Spirit of Ecstasy and clock are engraved with the Zenith name.

Inside, ambient lighting shines through perforated leather and the rear seats feature embroidery inspired by the seat details of the 1907 Rolls-Royce Silver Ghost. Standard wheelbase models feature a starlight headliner with a unique Shooting Star configuration. Light trails fire at random across the cabin roof, which consists of over 1,340 individual, hand-finished fibre-optic lights.

Bayside Dawn Aero Cowling

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Canvas: Dawn │Medium: Aero Cowling
Following the arrival of the Dawn Aero Cowling in 2018, a customer in Yokohama, Japan wanted to pay tribute to the sea with the Bayside Dawn Aero Cowling as part of their maritime-themed Bespoke motor car.

This one-off model drew inspiration from yachts and speedboats, and featured a combination of technical and natural materials including open-pore teak Canadel panelling that is reminiscent of a yacht's deck and technical fiber. The leather interior evokes the imagery of blue seas and white sails, two of the hallmarks of Yokohama Bay.

Digital Soul Phantom

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Canvas: Phantom │Medium: Additive Manufacturing, Gold Plating, Gold Inlays
Rolls-Royce describes the Digital Soul Phantom as, "a study in contemporary artisanship; a fusion of human endeavour and computer-generated design." The sedan features a Carrara White with Smokey Quartz two-tone paint job. The model goes beyond common customization.

The buyer's characteristics have been interpreted by an algorithm which translates the data into a swath of 3D-printed stainless steel. This has been hand-polished and plated in 24-carat gold. Additional gold detailing embellishes the interior of the motor car, with gold inlays set by hand in smoked eucalyptus wood and gold-plated speaker grilles.

Horology Phantom

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Canvas: Phantom │Medium: Stainless Steel and Gold Inlay, Coachline
This unique Phantom was inspired by a meeting between a Rolls-Royce designer and master horologists from La Chaux-de-Fonds, Switzerland. They had met to explore the complexities and exotic movements of luxury timepieces.

The model has a two-tone gunmetal and black paint job, and features a gold and silver hand-painted twin coachline with a design that was inspired by a watch. The Spirit of Ecstasy is cloaked in 24-carat gold. Its fascia features the largest stainless steel and gold inlay ever made for Phantom.

Positioned below a multiple layered stainless-steel Gallery, the inlay depicts an abstract schematic of a watch movement. The Rolls-Royce clock, housed in the Gallery, is set in a solid silver, guilloché case.

Pebble Beach Pastel Collection

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Canvas: Ghost, Dawn, Wraith │Medium: Paint, Technical Fiber
The Pastel Collection was showcased at Pebble Beach and featured colors drawn from the wildflower super-bloom in California. They're three Black Badge commissions feature new colors for the Rolls-Royce palette.

The Ghost Black Badge in this collection features a Light Green Solid finish, black leather interior with a Serenity Green splash that highlights the technical fibre of the fascia.

The Dawn Black Badge, in Coral Solid, carries seven coats of paint and took more than nine hours of hand-polishing in the Surface Finish Centre at the Home of Rolls-Royce in Goodwood to get to the finish line. The Coral colour carries over to the Aero Cowling, while the interior is finished in Artic White and Sunset.

The new Wraith Black Badge is featured in Semaphore Yellow, a bright and sunny finish with a complementary Selby Grey and Lemon interior.

Falcon Wraith

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Canvas: Wraith │Medium: Embroidery, Paint
The Falcon Wraith takes inspiration form the world's fastest bird, the Peregrine Falcon. Its interior features nearly 250,000 stitches. Read more about the Falcon Wraith here.

Tranquility Collection

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Canvas: Phantom │Medium: Meteorite, Space Grade Aluminum, Gold Plate
This vehicle truly pushes the envelope on Earthly delights. According to the automaker, "Tranquillity's Gallery is inspired by the X-Ray coded aperture masks used on the British Skylark space rocket. The Gallery is made from stainless steel, 24-carat gold plating and space grade aluminum."

This vehicle marks the first time in Rolls-Royce history that a meteorite has been incorporated into a car interior. Shavings of the Muonionalusta meteorite, which fell to earth in Kiruna, Sweden in 1906, adorn the Volume Controller, with a detailed engraving of the location and date of its discovery.

Inspired by the light and dark sides of the Moon, The interior's Arctic White or Selby Grey leather is inspired by the light and dark sides of the moon and combines with the veneer combinations of gloss and satin. Bespoke Audio speaker frets are finished in yellow gold, complementing the additional gold elements throughout the car.

A Bespoke 'Technical' yellow gold, vapor blasted and engraved titanium clock and engineered titanium Spirit of Ecstasy complete the aesthetic.

Cullinan in Fux Orange

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Canvas: Cullinan │Medium: Paint
At Pebble Beach last year, alongside the Pastel Collection, Rolls-Royce Motor Cars debuted the colourful 'Cullinan in Fux Orange'. Mr. Fux, a prolific car collector, commissioned the model and worked with the Bespoke Collective at the Home of Rolls-Royce in Goodwood, West Sussex to create the custom model.

According to a release, "Fux, challenged designers to match the exterior colour to vibrant orange shawl that had caught his eye in South Florida. The shawl was delivered to Rolls-Royce Motor Cars where a colour-matching process began. Working together for nearly a year, the teams created a seven-layer surface, polished by hand for many hours in the Surface Finish Centre."

Rolls-Royce equipped the interior of the model with hand-crafted Arctic White leather with contrast Orange stitching and Orange Rolls-Royce 'RR' headrest monograms. Arctic White is carried over to the box-grain leather fascia, steering-wheel control stems, and carpets. There's also 'Fux Orange' fascia veneer, rear-view mirror and lambswool floor mats.

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Two British brands are coming together to launch a new project.

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The two companies have performance-oriented contemporary design in common, but that's not all. British car company Lotus has begun working with Savile Row outfitter and bespoke tailor Norton & Sons on a new project.

For now, both companies have been relatively mum on what they're working on, but a few key details have snuck out. The first of which is that they say their creation is "For the Drivers". A clue and a tagline in one.

There are promises that the creation will, "incorporate both brands' core values of light-weighting, performance-oriented contemporary design and sporting durability." They'll make an official announcement later this year.

Lotus x Norton & Sons Norton & Sons is located on London's famed Savile Row.Photo courtesy of Lotus Cars

Lotus has been undergoing a brand renaissance since new shareholders and management took over in 2018. In its heyday, the company had the Elan, which was recently voted as one of Britain's best classic cars, had vehicles featured in James Bond films, and was winning at the racetrack with enough frequency to claim a level of dominance.

Recently, the company has made plans for a quick and electrified future. They announced that the Lotus Evija hypercar has enter its initial build stage.

On the more pedestrian end of the spectrum, the Evora has gotten a cheaper, more daily-driver-focused variant and Elise Classic Heritage Editions were shown for the first time.

Norton & Sons was founded in 1821 and celebrates its bicentennial next year. It has clothed some of history's most stylish and inspiring men, including Hollywood legends such as actor Cary Grant, British royalty including King Edward VII, and performance pioneers such as Chuck Yeager, the first man to break the speed of sound.

Patrick Grant, Director of Norton & Sons, said: "The year I was born Lotus won the Formula 1 Constructors' Championship. Growing up it was the definitive British sports car brand. James Bond drove a Lotus Esprit and it was the car that every kid in the playground dreamed of owning. Colin Chapman is revered as an engineering icon, a pioneer and an entrepreneur of exceptional personal style. Norton & Sons has a long tradition of making for sportsmen and pioneers, so Lotus and Norton & Sons feels like a perfect fit."

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Maserati is promising an electrified future for its brand.

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In his prom "Divine Comedy," Italian author Dante Alighieri wrote, "From a little spark may burst a flame." It is fitting that Italian automaker Maserati is using a spark to tease its future.

That future includes a completely redesigned Maserati Ghibli Hybrid. Maserati has also been showing a pre-production version of the car under wraps on a tour though Italy calling it the MC20. It was designed and engineered at the Maserati Innovation Lab in Modena, Italy.

Maserati electrification 2020 As part of its announcement, Maserati shared images of its headquarters being hit by simulated lightning.Photo courtesy of Maserati

That bit about being straight from Italy is important to the brand. Despite being owned by a company headquartered in the Netherlands (Fiat Chrysler Automobiles) that is about to merge with a company headquartered in France (PSA Group), the Maserati team has been given the freedom to design using Italian sports car DNA.

That Italian sports car DNA will be merging with a hybrid powertrain in a move all about sparking Maserati sales. For its part, the company is calling it, "the first in a line of new vehicles at the vanguard of a new era for Maserati." The's a next chapter, if you will.

Throughout 2020, Maserati is expected to strengthen its position in the luxury electric vehicles market as it works to allocate more of its production space to electrified cars.

The Ghibli Hybrid goes first, later this year. The Maserati GranTurismo and GranCabriolet will begin production in 2021 as the automaker's first all-electric cars. The next-gen GranTurismo and GranCabrio will be built at the Mirafiori production hub.

Maserati's Modena facility is in the process of a remodel, which will allow it to be modified enough to begin producing what the company is calling a "super sports car" in 2020.The Ghibli Hybrid will have the first hybrid engine in the history of the marque.

A forthcoming Maserati utility vehicle is set to be built at Cassino in 2021. The automaker is already teasing the model saying that it is, "intended to play a leading role for the brand, thanks to its innovative technologies." Technological innovation is not something Maserati has been known for lately so this could be a welcome change.

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