This article originally appeared on JamesEdition.com.
Established in the early years of the twentieth century by businessman Charles Rolls and engineer Henry Royce, Rolls-Royce built luxurious motorcars from the beginning and quickly gained a reputation both in Britain and abroad for superior engineering and manufacturing. For decades, Rolls-Royces have been promoted with the tagline “best car in the world”. But is the most expensive Rolls-Royce always the best?
Never distracted by frivolities like racing or mass production, Rolls-Royce has always served a particular clientele and its automobiles have been popular with everyone from the English aristocracy to Hollywood movie stars and media moguls to Indian Maharajas to Asian business executives. Since its beginning, Rolls-Royce has built top shelf automobiles that make a visual statement. Very few other carmakers can say the same, and that’s why a Rolls-Royce is one of the ultimate status symbols. Even just the “Spirit of Ecstasy” figure perched atop every Rolls-Royce’s radiator grille is one of the most recognizable luxury icons in the world.
There are currently more than 250 modern Rolls-Royces listed on JamesEdition, the lowest priced of them being an early 2000s era Silver Seraph for $29,950. The lowest price for a model still in production is a 2014 Flying Spur for $75,959, while the most expensive Rolls-Royce is a one-off Pininfarina-bodied Phantom convertible for $3,267,084. That puts it among the 10 most expensive cars of all on JamesEdition, a list that also includes hypercars like the McLaren P1 GTR and Ferrari Enzo.
Below are the 10 most expensive rolling status symbols by Rolls-Royce, including that one-of convertible, that are currently up for grabs.
10. 2005 Rolls-Royce Corniche, $238,375
The Corniche name goes all the way back to the early 1970s, when it was the two-door version of the Rolls-Royce Silver Shadow. Named after the French word for coastal roads like the Grande Corniche along the French Riviera, the Corniche was built up until 1995, then Rolls-Royce reintroduced it for a few years in the early 2000s. Always among the most expensive Rolls-Royces available, production of the Corniche was never more than a few hundred, guaranteeing exclusivity.
Located in Marbella, Spain, this Corniche is finished in Wildberry (a dark red) with a beige coachline and a Bordeaux soft top over beige leather. Its odometer shows just 12,639 km, which means it was driven ewer than 800 km per year and has been kept carefully. Importantly, it includes a full service history.
9. 2019 Rolls-Royce Dawn Convertible, $358,888
Any Rolls-Royce is a standout, especially a convertible, but a Rolls-Royce Dawn with its trademark suicide doors and especially one finished in bright colors is even more attention-grabbing.
Located in Los Angeles, California, this Dawn is a 2019 model with just 2,700 miles on the odometer. Finished in Arabian Blue over Arctic White with Cobalto Blue trim, t’s practically a new car. With an original MSRP of $456,050, it is loaded with options including the Black Badge package (593hp and 620 lb-ft of torque compared to 563hp and 605 lb-ft in the standard car), sport exhaust, 21-inch carbon alloy composite wheels, front ventilated seats, a dark chrome Spirit of Ecstasy hood ornament, black cashmere headliner, leather floor mats, night vision, and Rolls-Royce Bespoke Audio.
8. 2019 Rolls-Royce Wraith Black Badge, $ 381,471
Sticking with the theme of naming its cars after supernatural forces and apparitions, Rolls-Royce introduced the Wraith in 2013 as a two-door version of the four-door Ghost sedan. Like the Dawn convertible, it stands out with its front-hinged suicide doors and imposing looks.
Available in Marbella, Spain, this 2019 Wraith is equipped with the more powerful Black Badge package for the 6.6-liter twin-turbocharged V-12 and is finished in Peacock Blue over Selby Grey and black leather. Other options include Rolls-Royce Bespoke audio, sport exhaust, lambswool floor mats, extended leather roof, carbon black 21-inch wheels, shooting star headliner, head-up display, and night vision.
7. 2021 Rolls-Royce Dawn Silver Bullet Collection Package, $495,000
In 2020, Rolls-Royce introduced the “Silver Bullet” package for the Dawn convertible. Limited to a production run of just 50 examples, the Silver Bullet is inspired by Rolls-Royce’s stylish roadsters of the Roaring ‘20s. It is a “modern interpretation of the heady, irreverent attitude of that decade,” according to the company, and a “powerful and precise model that cuts through the noise and strikes a chord with all of those who seek escape and adventure.”While the standard Dawn is already an exclusive oceanside cruiser, the Silver Bullet gets an open-pore carbon fiber fascia and quilted transmission tunnel for the interior, and the rear seat cowls are separated by a central spine that runs into the cockpit. Located in Vero Beach, FL, this car is a 2021 model showing just 46 miles (74 km).
6. 2021 Rolls-Royce Ghost, approx.$552,782
Finished in Dark Emerald Green over white, this 2021 Ghost is a new car located in Germany. It also features Mansory CS.11 22 inch wheels, a Shooting Star headliner and illuminated grilles and fascia. The rear seats can be optioned as either a classic 3-seat bench or the immersive seating configuration: a double chair setup complete with fixed armrest containing a refrigerated drinks cabinet. Like the Rolls-Royce Wraith, Rolls-Royce Dawn and BMW 7-Series with which it shares a basic platform, the Ghost is powered by BMW’s N74 V-12, a 6.6-liter unit with two turbochargers.
5. 2020 Rolls-Royce Phantom, $576,225
Phantom is the most enduring name in Rolls-Royce’s history, with the first Phantom Is rolling out of the factory nearly a century ago. Typically, Phantoms are the largest and most luxurious cars in Rolls-Royce’s catalogue, and in certain eras the company would only sell Phantoms to its most distinguished clients.
The Phantom is currently in its eighth generation, which was introduced in 2017 and is still considered among the very best luxury automobiles on sale today. This 2020 model, located in Vancouver, Washington shows just 31 miles (50 km) on its odometer and is finished in two-tone Midnight Sapphire and Silver with a contrasting interior of Seashell and Navy Blue.