Car is trimmed in Hawaiian Koa wood
Paint matches owner’s 1934 Packard
Have you ever wanted just the right wood trim for your car that you would wait more than three years to have it fitted and the car delivered? Neither would we, but this Rolls-Royce buyer did, and they were presented with their Koa Wood trimmed Phantom with a matching picnic hamper and an exterior paint colour chosen to match a car that was originally a competitor to Messrs Rolls and Royce.
Delivered to a collector in Indiana, the interior of this Rolls-Royce Phantom was inspired by a Koa wood rocking chair that had been in his family for some time. The wood is endemic to Hawaii, where it is the second most common tree on the islands. It was once used for outrigger canoes and certain surfboards as well as musical instruments, but since most of the population of the trees was destroyed by logging and grazing, it’s now difficult to find.
A wood specialist at Rolls spent more than three years to find and negotiate a price for the log that was used to make the car’s interior. To go along with it, a hand-crafted picnic hamper made from Koa, saddle leather and stainless steel took more than 500 hours to complete. the lining is matched to the car’s interior and it features Hungarian crystal, hand-made English cutlery and Wedgwood porcelain plates.
The exterior paint is Packard Blue, a colour matched to the owner’s 1934 Packard Twelve Coupe, and creating the shade required sending parts from various vintage cars to the Rolls plant in Goodwood. More than 40 test panels were sent back and forth to find the perfect match.