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Rolls-Royce unveils $47,400 champagne chest


Forget a jar of Grey Poupon in the glove box, what you want in your Rolls-Royce is the company’s new Champagne Chest. 

“Rich in the understanding of true luxury and epicurean pleasure, the Rolls-Royce Bespoke Design Collective envisioned an accoutrement intended to delight, suitable for the most extravagant of environments from a superyacht to the terrace of a private residence,” the House of Rolls-Royce said in revealing the latest addition to its “accessory portfolio.”

Promising that the chest “endows conviviality with one’s closest friends, family or business associates,” Gavin Hartley, head of bespoke design for the automaker, explained, “The approach is that of designing a Rolls-Royce motor car; the finest materials are married with pinnacle engineering to provide an experience like no other. The Champagne Chest is crafted for those that seek a heightened sense of occasion in an elegant, entertaining manner and offers the irresistible allure of gadgetry.”

Materials include machined aluminum, cabon fiber, natural-grain black leather “embossed with the enigmatic Spirit of Ecstasy,” Tudor Oak wood with laser-cut stainless-steel inlay, cotton napkins, and hand-blown crystal flutes, each mounted on a polished aluminum base.

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The chest closed for carrying

Stored, the chest appears to be special piece of luggage. However, “At the touch of a button a sense of theatre ensues as the case opens to reveal the finery of a perfectly appointed Champagne set for four guests. The exterior lid metamorphoses into a beautiful serving tray…”

To enhance the dramatic impact, the chest is illuminated from its central bay, and the sides deploy to reveal compartments for caviar or canapes, complete with Mother-of-Pearl spoons and porcelain bowls.

The price? Well, if you have to ask you may not be able to afford it. Pricing starts at £37,000.00 ($47,400).

Larry Edsall
Larry Edsall
A former daily newspaper sports editor, Larry Edsall spent a dozen years as an editor at AutoWeek magazine before making the transition to writing for the web and becoming the author of more than 15 automotive books. In addition to being founding editor at ClassicCars.com, Larry has written for The New York Times and The Detroit News and was an adjunct honors professor at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University.


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