Ultra-exclusive Rolls-Royce Wraith Eagle VIII revealed

Marco Green
May 26, 2019

Exactly 100 years ago, Arthur Whitten Brown and John Alcock have conducted a non-stop flight from the city of St. John's, Canada, all the way to Clifden, Ireland.

The special edition takes its name from the Rolls-Royce Eagle VIII engines that powered a modified WWI-era Vickers Vimy biplane for the first nonstop transatlantic flight.

Other detailing on the two-tone Gunmetal and Selby Grey vehicle is also related to the record-breaking Vickers plane, including the black grille vanes that mimic the plane's engine cowling. The black grille vanes are meant to remind those looking at it of the Eagle VIII engine cowling on the Vickers aircraft, and the wheels come in a polished shadow finish.

The nameplate will have a limited production run of just 50 units, with each auto telling the epic tale of one of "one of the most pivotal moments of the 20th century", - the first non-stop transatlantic flight, which occurred in June of 1919 with Alcock and Brown on board. Brass speaker covers show the estimated flight distance (1880 miles) while brass is also used on the door panniers. There's even a brass plaque with Winston Churchill's quote commending the achievements of the two.

Torsten Müller-Ötvös, the company's CEO, says the Wraith Eagle VIII's unique features are a culmination of his employees' skills.

Rolls-Royce Motor Cars will unveil its latest Collection Car, Wraith Eagle VIII, on the shores of Lake Como at this year's Concorso d'Eleganza Villa d'Este, 24-26 May. The headliner contains 1,183 fibers that light up to form the celestial arrangement at the time of the flight in 1919, with the exact moment when the Vickers plane emerged from the clouds highlighted in red. The dash-mounted clock even receives an iced background effect - glowing green at night - created to imitate the plane's frozen-over instruments and the green glow from the control panel. The halfway point of the flight is marked with a plaque, while embroidered "clouds" also feature.

Just 50 of these highly collectable motor cars will be created for discerning collectors at the Home of Rolls-Royce in Goodwood, West Sussex - a Centre of Global Luxury Manufacturing Excellence.

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