Vilner Designs has been using magic on cars since 1996 and they have done it yet again with the Rolls-Royce Phantom Drophead Coupé! Established in 1996, Vilner is a place where rides from all over the world receive complete custom makeovers. The Rolls-Royce Phantom Drophead is the latest car to get ‘Vilnerised’.
Vilner Designs received this ten-year-old Rolls Royce to revamp after the owner noticed the aged wood and the worn out white leather seats. But Vilner took the opportunity to create something truly unique and remodeled the interiors based on the ambiance of a true gentleman’s club which was well-aligned with the persona of the Rolls Royce Phantom Drophead. This way they creatively preserved the car’s original atmosphere without being too radical.
Vilner used several square meters of premium quality durable white leather to upholster the interiors. The center of the seat heads is branded with the double ‘R’ pattern – initials of Charles Rolls and Sir Henry Royce that are now pedantically perforated into the leather with a cherry piping. The perforations are an elegant aesthetic element but also ensure smoothly running the heating and ventilating functions of the seats. The RR embellishment can be seen on the doors as well as the handsewn floor mats.
The owner picked the cherry from the 44,000 color combinations that Rolls Royce offers.“But when we’re talking about a convertible, choosing the interior scheme is a much more ‘responsible’ task. You can see both the exterior and the inside of the car at the same time” said Vilner and that is why they changed the seatbelts to cherry as well so the interior and exterior are in perfect visual harmony.
Vilner also gave the Rolls Royce Phantom Drophead a completely leather-covered dashboard with special UV resistance is to ensure a lasting life and helps to prevent reflections in the windscreen – one of the major highlights of this project. The entire wood interior has been redesigned with all trims being and handcrafted and covered with three coats of clear lacquer, then polished twice to make sure that it doesn’t age.
The other impressive highlight of the ‘Vilnerised’ Rolls Royce Phantom Drophead is the rear deck under which the soft top folds away. This canopy is made of teak and only the restoration of this piece has taken over 120 working hours. The result is a phenomenal refurbished 5.6-metre long V12 convertible which is the only one in this whole world – now that has got to make the owner feel special!