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more leather hides and matching pieces of wood than you'll find on a herd of cattle lost in Sequoia National Forest
the Phantom Drophead Coupé is Rolls-Royce's halo car
Could there be a more inviting cabin?
A mild refresh graces the 2009 Rolls-Royce Phantom, including redesigned wheels, grille, and front bumper, while the interior features new reading lamps. Cars.com says the “new front bumper and smaller stainless steel grille give the Phantom a more streamlined, contemporary look.” Motor Trend reports the Drophead Coupe, or convertible, is “the first production Rolls-Royce that breaks from the traditional Parthenon-inspired grille shell. It's curved, angled rearward, and finished in brushed stainless steel instead of polished.” They add, “In the tradition of the finest 1930s-era coachbuilt automobiles, the Drophead boasts rear-hinged, front-opening doors in the name of style and to make entry/exit a more elegant proposition.”
Edmunds sums up the Phantom’s exterior styling, saying, “no other automobile boasts the unique style, grandiose dimensions and sterling reputation of the Rolls-Royce Phantom.” Autoblog concurs: “big, bold, and sublime, the Phantom Drophead Coupé is Rolls-Royce's halo car.”
As night falls, the interior of the Phantom becomes more impressive. According to Autoblog, there are 1,600 fiber-optic lights in the headliner of the 2009 Phantom. “At its lowest setting the headliner is twinkle, twinkle little star. At its highest setting, there's a lot of light. It's soft light, not like the klieg lights in some other luxury cars, and probably bright enough to read the paper by.”
Motor Trend asks, “Could there be a more inviting cabin?” They add, “everything you see and touch is wrapped in sublime leather (more than 450 pieces, stitched together by real people with sewing machines), lustrous wood of varying finish, and thickly chromed metal." Edmunds says “the inside of the Rolls-Royce Phantom is even nicer than might be imagined, with more leather hides and matching pieces of wood than you'll find on a herd of cattle lost in Sequoia National Forest.”
The 2009 Rolls-Royce Phantom blends tradition and modernity into a contemporary iteration of how an ultra-luxury car should be styled.