The Finch Formerly Known As Gold

18 February 2008

Where did we park the planetarium?

Rolls-Royce is not about to tell you the price of the new Phantom Coupé, though it's surely higher than the base Phantom sedan's $340,000. (Can a car that costs this much truly be called "base"?) It might even exceed the price of the convertible Drophead Coupé, which runs a piddling $412,000. Still, they'll sell every last one of them in a heartbeat, and two words explain why: "starlight headliner."

Which means this:

Boulevard lighting creates a gentle luminescence, an effect that can be heightened by the optional, full-length starlight headlining, which incorporates hundreds of tiny fibre optics to give the impression of a star-filled night sky. Adjustable to provide a quiet glow or ample light to read by, this beautiful lighting is complemented by discreet directional reading lights in the C-pillars.

It's like having the top down, except, well, it isn't.

Rolls-Royce Phantom Coupe Starlight Headliner

(Click here to embiggen.)

I'm waiting for some enterprising soul to come up with a motorized platform for all these optics, so that they actually move in some pattern resembling the actual night sky. (And, of course, for some other enterprising soul to buy me one of these cars, and to expand my garage so that it will fit inside.)

Posted at 8:02 AM to Driver's Seat , Entirely Too Cool

But where would you go in it?
You already there, in the wilderness (I imagine). All you have to do - step out of your gates, drive half-a-mile, and look up. Voila. And for free.

Imitation always lacks immediacy.

Posted by: Tatyana at 8:16 AM on 18 February 2008

Actually, I'm near the geographic center of a metropolitan area of 1.2 million people; it takes at least half an hour to get out to the sticks.

Posted by: CGHill at 8:46 AM on 18 February 2008

Yeah yeah. But, entre nous, seriously, we all know - outside NY there is a just a vast desert. Woods or sands, mountains or valleys, but only rare squatters in isolated settlements. With Kantian skies above.

Posted by: Tatyana at 9:04 AM on 18 February 2008

Normally I don't care a fig for fancy car-stuff, but I have to say that Starlight Headlining: Want.

(I wonder if I could get a similar effect on the inside of my nearly ten-year-old Windstar with some luminous paint...)

Posted by: fillyjonk at 9:06 AM on 18 February 2008

so that they actually move in some pattern resembling the actual night sky.

With a gyro so that it turns as the car turns.

You'll also need an imitation moon, programmed to blush and fade on eclipse nights.

Posted by: McGehee at 10:30 AM on 18 February 2008

I'm in love.........

Posted by: Lynne at 10:48 AM on 18 February 2008

The "suicide doors" are cool.

Posted by: unimpressed at 4:22 PM on 18 February 2008