While building your own Rolls-Royce in a display room, it has to be pesky not to know how it’ll look outside each of your 20 mansions next to the gold statue of yourself. But, fear not: Rolls-Royce has a lamp that emulates light from all around the globe, so you can see exactly how your paint choices will glisten.
Now, as average human beings with mouths to feed and bills to pay, most of us probably don’t study up on the process of ordering a custom Rolls-Royce on a regular basis. But to satisfy your curiosity, Goodwood Road & Racing went through the motions of ordering one of these motor cars.
Don’t act surprised. You should have expected that from a company that refers to its vehicles as “motor cars” in 2017. Anyway, here’s a video from Goodwood on how you can dump loads of cash into a custom Rolls-Royce:
See, buying a custom—or “bespoke,” as the fanciest members of the United Kingdom like to say—Rolls-Royce is an intricate and holy process. And while we didn’t get price figures in this fun little video, it’s also an expensive one: Rolls’ non-customized car lineup has starting prices in the $300,000 and $400,000 range, and one recent coach-built—which means “mega custom,” in fancy talk—Rolls reportedly cost $12.8 million.
But if you have the cash to go custom, you show up at the Rolls Commissioning Suite to first choose exterior colors from more than 44,000 shades. If you don’t find one you that “takes your fancy” out of all of those, Rolls-Royce will mix you up your own personalized color, because you’re special and you deserve it.
The selection of sample colors on the wall doesn’t include all 44,000, because that would be a huge wall. The sample colors are shaped like little Rolls, since Rolls’ models are mostly shaped the same way anyway, and someone will slot the one you pick into another sample shape to show you how your car will look.
Here’s a photo example, since that’s just easier:
So that you don’t get home and realize you’ve made a terrible, terrible mistake on color choice for your car, the worldwide lamp at Rolls’ customization suite will let you see what your car will look like where the sun just shines a little brighter—your neighborhood. For the rare days when it’s not sunny in paradise, you’ll also personalize an essential part of every Rolls-Royce: your umbrellas.
Other customization includes choosing your own design, picture or personal images for the outside of the car and headrest embroideries, thread choices on the inside, just about any other personalization touches you can afford and your leather colors and textures. You can sit your wealthy ass on alligator, crocodile or even ostrich if you’d like.
Basically, building your own Rolls-Royce is slightly more complicated than, say, building your own sub at the sandwich shop or commissioning a custom home, since there probably aren’t 44,000 lettuce or backsplash choices. The Rolls is also probably a lot more expensive, too.
If it’s not, you should reevaluate your lunch-meat choices.