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.)


  1. Tatyana »

    18 February 2008 · 8:16 am

    But where would you go in it?
    You already live…er..out 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.

  2. CGHill »

    18 February 2008 · 8:46 am

    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.

  3. Tatyana »

    18 February 2008 · 9:04 am

    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.

  4. fillyjonk »

    18 February 2008 · 9:06 am

    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…)

  5. McGehee »

    18 February 2008 · 10:30 am

    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.

  6. Lynne »

    18 February 2008 · 10:48 am

    I’m in love………

  7. unimpressed »

    18 February 2008 · 4:22 pm

    The “suicide doors” are cool.

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