Because December revolves around Santa Claus, an entirely fictional character who nonetheless has some ties to reality, we probably shouldn’t be surprised to see that George Costanza has created his ideal Rolls-Royce.
Spotted this week on the streets of London, a Phantom Drophead Coupe covered entirely in velvet has been attracting the looks, and touches, of mystified passersby for a few days now.
George was a character on the ‘90s TV show “Seinfeld.” He was typified by his love for parking spaces, New York Yankees, and ultimately—inevitably—his love for velvet. As he says one time, “You know, if it were socially acceptable,” he would drape himself in velvet.
Draped, ensconced, clad, cocooned: someone has taken George’s twisted thinking to the nth degree and made a reality out of the show about nothing. What’s next: Rolls-Royces that look like puffy shirts? A Rolls-Royce with a cape? A Rolls with white sneakers and high-waist jeans?
As Rolls-Royce Motor Cars CEO Torsten Müller-Ötvös has said, Rolls-Royce is not the fashion police. If you have a dream about what you want your Rolls-Royce to look like, we will make it happen, no matter what haute boutique or ‘90s sitcom is the inspiration.
We must concede one thing: a velvet finish is wonderful for preserving the factory finish of the Drophead Coupe. The velvet exterior is actually a wrap specially applied by French company Velvet Car, a specialty shop. The wrap will last for about three years and can be removed at any time. If you think about it, it’s actually a pretty safe way to experiment with your Rolls while maintaining its original finish.
We’re sure that George, proud standard-bearer for tuna salad sandwiches, coffee, the Daily News, and Bosco, would be proud.
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