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The Rolls-Royce of picnic hampers

Rolls-Royce has created a Picnic Hamper for the Phantom Zenith Collection; a rare and collectable addition to its new Bespoke end-of-the-line Phantom models.

As preparations for the eighth-generation Phantom commence, Rolls-Royce announced earlier this year that it will build 50 highly specified Bespoke vehicles named the Phantom Zenith Collection, featuring the Phantom Coupé and Drophead Coupé models, both of which are to cease production at the end of the year.

Customers asked Rolls-Royce to enrich the collection by offering exclusive access to the Bespoke Design Team, which responded by creating a Bespoke Picnic Hamper to complement each car.

The hamper itself is crafted from American Walnut wood and natural grain leather. Each is finished in a choice of three colour combinations matching the interior of the cars themselves. These include a contrasting Ardent Red leather and black leather piping inspired by a 1929 Phantom II; a contemporary combination of Navy Blue and Arctic White leather piping evoking the original 1925 Rolls-Royce Phantom II; or a black Anthracite leather with Seashell piping, reminiscent of the 1911 Rolls-Royce Silver Ghost.

The hamper’s leather stitching – and a dart of contrast colour on the lid – echoes the interior of the Phantom Drophead Coupé and Phantom Coupé’s split tailgate, a private hosting area complete with a cool box, illuminated glass shelf, Champagne holder and a leather seat for two.

Every hamper will be sequentially numbered with a unique plaque to match the identification number given to each owner’s vehicle – one of just 50. 

Piano Black picnic tables housed within the hamper fold out on milled-aluminium hinges. Like the armrest cappings inside the car, the hinges reference the history of the cars, engraved with the locations of the global debut of their experimental versions – Villa D’Este on the shores of Lake Como for 100EX, the progenitor of the Phantom Drophead Coupé; and Lake Geneva for the 101EX, the car that would ultimately become the Phantom Coupé.

The leather and wood interior shelving of the hamper contains lead crystal wine glasses, handmade stainless steel cutlery, napkins embroidered with the Rolls-Royce monogram in Arctic White, and a handcrafted American Walnut chopping board. It also features unique crockery, with painted black and platinum detail around the edges.

The Phantom Zenith Collection Picnic Hamper will be on display at Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance, California from 17-21 August.