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Legendary luxury automaker Rolls-Royce recently announced that they are releasing a very limited number of special edition Ghost models. The automaker has been flexible about some very unusual customer requests over the years, but the newest special edition is among the most memorable for reasons that will either delight or dismay you. Rolls has announced that they will be customizing a handful of vehicles in what they are calling the One Thousand and One Nights Bespoke Ghost Collection.
The Rolls-Royce Bespoke Department is the division responsible for filling customers’ customization requests, and we have written about some of the more unusual requests over the years. Various Rolls models painted in canary yellow, neon purple and other eye-catching colors are fairly light lifting for the Bespoke craftspeople, but this latest Ghost customization scheme inspired them to take some creative license with color schemes. Bespoke craftspeople will take a few stock Ghost models and paint the lower body panels a deep matte brown. The gracefully sloping hood and pillars, essentially everything above the character line and the Ghost’s grille will be painted a matte caramel color.
Some light grey pinstriping will accent the matte paint job, and a number of small appliqués, including an Arabic inscription that spells out “One Thousand and One Nights,” will be strategically located on the exterior. Moving inside, Rolls customization experts have chosen light grey leather for the seating, accented by piano black trim. Passengers will enjoy the standard LCD screens in the back of the front seats, as well as all the usual luxurious Rolls appointments, including an updated, state-of-the-art sound system perhaps for enjoying all 1,001 folk tales supposedly related by Scheherazade.
Rolls has been reluctant to reveal precisely how many special Ghost editions they will make available or the expected list price, but buyers can expect to pay well over the $261,000 cost for base model Ghosts. The One Thousand and One Nights collection is expected to make its debut at the Sharjah International Auto Show in the United Arab Emirates in late November, and Rolls has announced there will be two more special Ghost models with this motif available next year.
Whether you like the matte brown paint scheme or not, a new Rolls-Royce Ghost is a pleasure to behold. It is even more of a pleasure to ride in! If you’re looking for San Francisco Rolls-Royce rentals for an upcoming wedding, anniversary, sightseeing tour or other special occasion, call us today at NLS Limo at 800-339-8936 to reserve yours. We currently do not offer any new Rolls-Royce limousines, but we do have some very lovely (and very affordable) antique Ghost, Silver Cloud and Silver Wraith models for you. If you’re thinking about renting a Rolls-Royce in the Bay Area, you have come to the right place! Call us today to reserve yours.
We wrote recently about the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance, an upcoming antique car show for serious car collectors and car lovers, but we would be remiss if we didn’t mention the road rally that leads up to the show and involves lots of entrants. The Pebble Beach Motoring Classic is the official prelude to the Concours and is now in its eighth year. The 1,500-mile tour of vintage cars from around the world leads off an amazing week of antique car auctions, races and shows on the Monterey Peninsula and is the event of the year for Bay Area vintage car lovers.
This year’s Classic begins on August 7 in Kirkland, Wash., and participants are expected to arrive in Pebble Beach eight days later. However, no matter how well restored and maintained these antiques may be, breakdowns and other unexpected developments are the rule rather than the exception in most years. The mountainous route from the Pacific Northwest can be very unforgiving to vintage cars, and owners and organizers frequently have to take alternative routes on their way south.
Participant Al McEwan is the proud owner of a 1931 Pierce-Arrow. He had to replace the head gasket on his motor shortly after he and other participants crossed into California last year.
“Something always comes up you can’t plan for,” he said. “Old cars break. You just have to roll with that.”
However, despite the occasional breakdown and route change, participants love the experience. They get to enjoy spectacular scenery as they travel through the Cascade Range, the Columbia River Gorge, Crater Lake and the redwood forests of Northern California’s rugged coast. They then turn inland and travel through the Sonoma Valley wine region, cross the Golden Gate Bridge and continue through San Francisco on their way to Monterey.
If you love antique cars, make time to see these automotive beauties as they travel through the Bay Area. If you would like the experience of riding in a timeless classic automobile, call us today at 800-339-8936 to ask about our San Francisco antique car rentals! We offer a very respectable selection of vintage cars for our guests who rent them for weddings, anniversaries, trips to the wine country, sightseeing tours and other special occasions. Browse our selection on our site, and, if you have questions or want to make a reservation, just give us a call at NLS Limo!
California is a wonderland for antique car aficionados. The weather here is perfect for preserving classic cars and other automotive gems, and Southern California is the epicenter of the antique car universe. On the last Saturday of each month, car enthusiasts flock to the Fontana Car Show event held in at the Civic Center Campus parking lot. The show is free and attracts people from all over the country to view the classic cars on display.
"I really like coming to car shows," said classic car owner Diana Fiel of Rialto. "I like getting to see the beauty of antique cars."
Fiel is the proud owner of a lovely 1951 Chevy 3100 series pickup truck. She recently entered her truck in the show for the first time and says that she and other participants love talking to the people who attend the show and the attention that the antique cars receive. If you’re in the Fontana area on the last Saturday of the month, the show is open from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m., and it’s a great way to spend the afternoon.
"There’s nothing like seeing classic cars up close," said attendee Gabriel Tellez.
We couldn’t agree more. In fact, the only thing better than seeing classic cars up close is being able to rent and ride in them! We have a very respectable selection of Bay Area antique car and classic car rentals, and they are available at very affordable rates. Our guests rent our San Francisco classic cars for a wide range of different special events, including these:
- Wine tours
- Sightseeing tours
- Nights on the town
- Many other occasions!
For pictures and information about each of the antique cars in our fleet, please browse the pages of our site. If you have questions or would like to reserve one of our beautiful San Francisco classic car rentals for an upcoming special occasion, just give us a call at NLS Limo at 800-339-8936! We’re always on the lookout for new antique cars to add to our selection. Maybe we’ll see you at the next Fontana Car Show!
We get a lot of unusual requests from our wedding limousine guests, and we do our very best to accommodate them. After all, we never forget that we’re in the hospitality business. However, this story about an English couple’s wedding transportation had us scratching our heads, wondering how we would have handled this request.
A Mercedes-Benz limo once owned by the King of Rock and Roll sold recently in England for much less than the seller expected. Elvis Presley’s powder-blue 1970 Mercedes 600 Saloon Limousine sold for £80,700 or around U.S. $127,522. This Mercedes limo was one of two 600-class limousines Elvis owned and one of only a few that he had registered in his name. The limo sold in an auto auction organized by Bonhams at Mercedes-Benz World in Surrey.
The new and very shapely Bentley Mulsanne has received the “Best Limousine for the Red Carpet” prize at the glittering Gulf Connoisseur Awards ceremony. The annual event was held at the Armani Hotel in Dubai and featured many exceptional limos including the Maybach 57 and the Rolls-Royce Phantom, both runners-up to the Mulsanne.
If the walls of your office are closing in and it has been a while since you did something spontaneous, take a day off, rent a San Francisco limo, pack a picnic lunch and go whale watching. The virtues of working hard, delayed gratification and other selfless acts are well documented, and there is no doubt they are practical and admirable character traits. However, the grind of doing the same thing day after day can wear down even the most disciplined worker. If the prospect of another Wednesday in the cube farm is simply too much to bear, take a personal day, sick day, mental health day or manufacture a euphemism of your own and get the heck out of the office to do something fun!
There is something so very California about cruising around in a classic car. In most of the state and especially on the coast, temperate weather and the absence of corrosive road salt make antique cars a common sight to the delight of drivers and car aficionados of all ages. But you don’t have to own one of these timeless classics to enjoy driving one. Rent an antique car in San Francisco from Nationwide Limousine Service and cruise down Highway 1. Spend a day in the wine country or drive to your wedding reception. The possibilities are endless. Check back often as you never know when we’ll add another classic car to our fleet. For now, select from the following classic automobiles: