Limited-edition model evokes the memory of two daring pilots and their record-making flight.
Rolls-Royce will be unveiling the Wraith Eagle VIII on the shores of Lake Como at the Concorso d'Eleganza Villa d'Este this weekend between 24-26 May. This latest Collection Car has been created by the bespoke collective at the House of Rolls-Royce and just 50 examples will be built.
They will honor the memory of Captain John Alcock and Lieutenant Arthur Brown as they completed the first non-stop transatlantic flight in June 1919 in a modified First World War Vickers Vimy bomber.
The Collection takes its name from the twin 350-horsepower 20.3-liter Rolls-Royce Eagle VIII engines which powered this plane on its momentous journey. The two pilots suffered just about every setback possible starting off with the radio and navigation instruments failing shortly after take-off. Navigating by the stars, they flew an estimated 1,880 miles at an average speed of 115mph through dense cloud and freezing fog to their destination.
Torsten Müller-Ötvös, Chief Executive, Rolls-Royce Motor Cars, commented, "Wraith Eagle VIII is at once an object of desire; an homage to heroes and a protagonist to today's visionaries. This Rolls-Royce Collection demonstrates the extraordinary skill of our Bespoke Collective at the Home of Rolls-Royce in Goodwood, West Sussex. Bespoke remains the jewel in the crown of the marque, creating luxury items that defy the trend of mass luxury manufacturers using 'tick-box' options to answer customer demand."
The Wraith Eagle VIII is packed with bespoke details that pay homage to that fateful flight, from the starlight headliner that displays the exact celestial arrangement at the time of the flight to the fabricated clock with iced background imitating the frozen instrument panel aboard the plane. The 50 lucky customers will be able to further appreciate such subtle design details as the brass detailing throughout the interior.