Because the sky doesn’t produce as many shooting stars as the wealthy deserve, Rolls-Royce made the new Wraith Luminary Collection. It’ll have Rolls’ classic starry fiber-optic headliner, blanketing passengers in a mock night sky with an exorbitant price when the real one is just a chauffeur-opened door away.
The Luminary Collection adds shooting stars into the mix, because if you can afford a Rolls, you are certainly a shooting star yourself.
In Rolls-Royce speak, the collection is for “a person who inspires or influences others, especially one prominent in a particular sphere,” because only the most fascinating, scintillating and majestic of people are worthy of buying an equally as fascinating, scintillating and majestic vehicle to be driven around in.
Rolls-Royce will only make 55 Wraiths for the collection, which will, of course, be set apart from other expensive Wraiths with their star-studded ceilings that actually shoot stars around instead of just keeping them in one spot.
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Rolls headliners have “stars” thanks to 1,340 fiber-optic lights that glitter, and, in this case, mimic shooting stars, according to a press release. Someone spent 20 hours configuring eight shooting stars for the headliners in the Luminary Collection, with most of them going off near the front seats “in recognition of Wraith’s owner-driver appeal.”
It’s hard to determine whether Rolls is talking about the same person when the company says “owner-driver,” since most Rolls-Royce owners employ drivers to do that laborious “driving” stuff for them.
Anyway, Rolls-Royce says the Wraiths in this collection will also have 176 LEDs lighting their Tudor Oak veneer accents and “WRAITH LUMINARY COLLECTION—ONE OF FIFTY-FIVE” engraved in hand-polished stainless steel on the tread plates. That, for owners, is just in case people hadn’t already sensed that you’re rich and exclusive.
The Wraith Luminary edition will likely cost a lot more than the car’s roughly $340,000 base price, but it will be completely worth it—only peasants breathe each other’s air to look at the night sky free of charge, which, uh, is a category that probably includes most of us. At least we may actually see a real shooting star and be able to wish for Rolls-Royce levels of cash.
But damn, if this car isn’t pretty. Surely a silver Sharpie to the headliner of a $3,000 Craigslist project will have a similar effect for those of us who don’t have the extra cash to get one of these Wraiths before they’re all gone. We’ll have to draw the trail behind the shooting stars ourselves, unfortunately.
We’ll get in on the next exclusive collection, though, when Rolls is imitating a supernova on the ceiling or something.