Rolls-Royce's latest limited edition goes back to its deep history in aviation with the Wraith Eagle VIII. Named after the Rolls-Royce Eagle VIII engine that powered a modified First World War Vickers Vimy bomber aircraft, the luxury coupe celebrates the 100th anniversary of that plane making the first non-stop transatlantic flight. Flown by Captain John Alcock and Lieutenant Arthur Brown, contemporaries of Sir Henry Royce, the duo's nighttime adventure inspired the two-tone exterior, which is finished in Gunmetal and Selby Grey and is separated by a brass feature line. The grille vanes are finished in black to echo the engine cowling of the Vickers Vimy while the wheels are treated with a translucent shadow finish.
The interior's theme is inspired by a brass sextant with elements such as brass speaker covers, brass colored threading in the headrests, and there's even a brass plaque with a quote from Winston Churchill that remarks on the duo's achievement. Other details include the fascia's smoked eucalyptus wood that's vacuum metalized in gold and is then inlaid with silver and copper to emulate the earth's night sky and a specially designed clock with an iced background effect that refers to the plane's frozen instrument panel. The biggest highlight is its signature starlight headliner, which has been designed to display how the stars were arranged in the sky during their flight in 1919.
The Rolls-Royce Wraith Eagle VIII will be limited to 50 examples.