British ex-pat designs Rolls-Royce

2011-06-30 09:48

Most cars are a thing of beauty when they leave the showroom but for some people the original aesthetic value is not enough. British ex-pat Robert Allan is one...

He decided to touch up his R2.1-million silver Rolls Royce Phantom with a purple, yellow and white paint job with a new interior and gold lashings, costing another R2.1-million. Allan just wanted his car to stand out.


The millionaire has owned many customised cars but he wanted this one to be extreme, so he approached London car dealer SuperVettura and UK designer Pablo Rabiella to look after the six-month overhaul. The car is used by the likes of X-Factor's Simon Cowell and businessman Lord Alan Sugar.

The car's body was stripped and received 18 layers of each colour over four months. Twenty four cowhides were used for the interior. On completion, the remodelled limo was driven 2240km from London to Marbella, Spain, where Allan spends most of his time.


Tommy Wareham, managing director of SuperVettura, said his company knew Allan very well and, also knowing his love of colour, was more than happy to work with him.

"We used the highest quality hides, the gold you see is real, triple layers of paint with metal flakes and 18 layers of lacquer was polished over and over. I believe this is this the most highly modified Phantom in the world."

  • Anon - 2011-06-30 12:04

    One way to absolutely ruin a car!!!!!

  • Teebs - 2011-06-30 13:33

    This is a prime example of the old adage "Money doesn't buy class".

  • TP - 2011-06-30 13:36

    They see me rollin, they hating !

      fields - 2011-06-30 17:18

      Yup you 100% right - hating what he did to the car!

      TP - 2011-07-01 07:48

      People hating him cause he has the cash to do that to a Rolls. Although I agree it looks horrible.

  • Allan Hill - 2011-07-01 07:33

    Why would you ruin a Rolls Royce very confused

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