In the world of Rolls-Royce, Bespoke is everything. The vast majority of Rolls-Royces are commissioned as bespoke projects for our clients, with hardly a vehicle ever snapped up “as is.” The popularity of this practice was recently typified by Don Brinkerhoff, a landscape architect who has created some of the most famous gardens and nature exhibitions in the world.
For his bespoke Wraith, Mr. Brinkerhoff asked that Rolls-Royce handle more of the details than usual, but he wanted the car to echo the Jaguar Mark II from the television show, “Inspector Morse.” Putting aside the British rivalry between Jaguar and Rolls-Royce, the challenges of transferring the look of a car from the 1960s to today was considerable.
As you can tell from the photo, the Mark II is a beautiful example of its era’s sensibilities, and has earned its spot in car collectors’ collections the world over (including a recent episode of Jerry Seinfeld’s “Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee”). The Wraith is known for its ability to host two-tone color schemes, which made it the perfect choice for the red and black inspector’s car.
As one article recently noted, however, to fully transfer the black of the Mark II’s hood onto the Wraith, Rolls-Royce had to deviate from its standard practice. Normally, the upper tone for the Wraith extends from the roof to the end of the trunk. That’s just what makes sense considering how the car is built. To maintain the roof-only nature of the Mark II, this painting took 18 times longer than normal. Twenty layers of paint were applied, and of course the interior had to match.
The result, however, is one of the most striking Wraiths we have seen to date. The two-tone nature of the Wraith is contrasted in the highest possible terms by a more vibrant shade of red than the Mark II’s, and the unusual nature of the black-cap hood. Mr. Brinkerhoff can congratulate himself on possessing one of the most singular Rolls-Royce’s on the road.