The Great Eight Phantoms

What makes an icon of design and craftsmanship? Beyond looking good, it needs to transcend passing trends and have the kind of all-round appeal that makes it universally sought after. The new Rolls-Royce exhibition at Bonhams on Bond Street proves the British manufacturer managed just that with its iconic Phantom. Assembling seven of the most legendary models produced in their 92-year history, the cast of owners is essentially a catalogue of some of the twentieth century’s highest-profile figures. There’s Her Majesty The Queen’s State Limousine, used by the Duchess of Cambridge for her final journey to Westminster Abbey as Kate Middleton, as well as models belonging to Fred Astaire, Field Marshal Montgomery and the Aga Khan III. Also included is John Lennon’s heavily customized 1965 model, featuring a double bed, refrigerator, telephone and television, as well as the new 2017 model.

The Great Eight Phantoms (July 29-August 2), Bonhams, 101 New Bond Street, London W1S 1SR (020 7447 7447); @rollsroycecars

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