New Rolls-Royce Phantom VIII Will Be Welcomed By Its 7 Siblings, Including Fred Astaire’s Phantom I

Jun 02, 2017 07:47 AM EDT | Gerone Trish

Fred Astaire's Rolls Royce Phantom 1 as never seen before

The 2018 Rolls-Royce Phantom VIII has been announced to launch on July 27. The automaker has confirmed that the other 7 generations of the Phantom will welcome the new model, including Fred Astaire's Phantom I.
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The new Rolls-Royce Phantom VIII is taking center stage in July. All seven previous generations of the Phantom series will come to welcome their new sibling.

Rolls-Royce has confirmed its plan to launch the new Phantom VIII through an exhibition. The launch will take place in an exhibition called, "The Eight Great Phantoms" on July 27 in Mayfair, London.

It will be a spectacular launch for the eighth generation of the Phantom. Apparently, the automaker has planned to display all of the eight generations of the Phantom series in the said exhibition. The other seven generations will be present to introduce their new sibling.

Meanwhile, the brand has released an official teaser video for the Phantom VIII. The video highlighted what appears to be the grille of the new Phantom. The clip also reveals there will be a curved top. A wooden fascia, which has an impressive design, can be also be spotted inside the cabin.

In another report, Rolls-Royce has confirmed the participation of the 1927 Fred Astaire Phantom I, owned by the late American dancer, singer, actor and choreographer Fred Astaire. The said model is currently on display at the Petersen Museum in Los Angeles.

The body of the said Phantom I came from the London-based coachbuilder Hooper. It features a small speaking tube that enabled Astaire to talk to the driver while he is seated at the back.

In the 1930's, the Phantom I of Fred Astaire acquired new woodwork design from New York's Inskip in the interior of the vehicle. The interior also features light green cloth and leather materials.

Interestingly, there is a large Louis Vuitton travel trunk. Apparently, Astaire used this to contain all the dancing shoes he needed for his show when he is on a road tour.

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