2015 Rolls-Royce Ghost Series II – First Drive Review
If youre truly wealthy, youre not visiting your local Rolls-Royce dealership to buy a Ghost, but rather a Phantom, at a price that starts just above $400,000 but can require adding a seventh digit. The Ghost, while still outrageously expensive at $291,350, is for the merely rich. To better delineate the difference, lets paraphrase comedian Chris Rock: LeBron James is rich; Cleveland Cavaliers owner Dan Gilbert, who signs James paychecks, is wealthy. Recognizing that money can be a sensitive subject in the wake of increasing income disparity in the United States, Rolls-Royce executives incessantly throw around the word entrepreneur to describe their Ghost clients. Everyone still loves the myth of the bootstraps. Other myths punctuate the Rolls-Royce narrative: 60 craftsmen in Goodwood spend some 450 hours laboring over each custom, hand-finished automobile. Rolls-Royce says that in excess of 85 percent of the 4000 cars it will sell this year are bespoke, which means that if a buyer has a grove of trees on his estate, for example, he may choose to have some of that wood included in the interior trim. Or, in the case of Hong Kong billionaire Stephen Hung, he can just elect to have his wifes car painted entirely pink.