One-off Rolls-Royce Manchester Ghost

The Rolls-Royce Manchester Ghost pays homage to the city in a number of ways, including the 'Manchester Bee', a Tony Walsh poem, landmark embroidery, and more.

by | Published on 14th Apr 2023

Say hello to the Rolls-Royce Manchester Ghost.

The fully-bespoke creation is loaded with unique features inspired by the great northern British city.

The one-off Ghost has been given a full reworking by the British marque, honoring everything that makes the city so adored, as well the automaker’s links to it.

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Not many know this, but Charles Rolls and Henry Royce first met at the Midland Hotel in central Manchester on May 4, 1904.

That’s when the company’s founding fathers agreed to create ‘the best motor car in the world.’

This is the first time, however, that the city of Manchester has been chosen as the inspiration for a Rolls-Royce commission.

In true Rolls-Royce fashion, the exterior of the Manchester Ghost isn’t overly flashy.

It features a traditional silver paintjob, however, the turquoise coachline, wheel pin stripe, and brake calipers add a dash of color.

The eagle-eyed amongst you will also spot the ‘Manchester Bee’ motif on the C-pillars, also finished in the same hue. 

Step inside, and the Manchester Bee theme continues, with the iconic symbol embroidered on the front and rear seat inserts.

Speaking of the rear seats, the center section has landmark locations embroidered in tone-on-tone thread.

The Manchester Ghost’s dash features a special illuminated fascia, with 10,000 laser-etched dots, depicting an ethereal view of the city from above.

What’s really cool, though, is that the largest etched dot on the illuminated fascia represents the location of the Midland Hotel.

The illuminated fascia also references the title of the poem ‘This is the Place’ by Tony Walsh, a sentimental tribute to the city of Manchester.

The Manchester Ghost’s illuminated treadplates also celebrate the city’s reputation as a pioneer in the field of technology.

Inside the cabin doors, the abbreviated name for the city, ‘MCR’ is inscribed in Binary.

Last but not least, the fabled headliner depicts a graphene lattice-inspired pattern, drawn from the two University of Manchester professors that first utilized the properties of graphene. 

The British luxury automaker hasn’t said whether the Rolls-Royce Manchester Ghost will be sold to a customer or whether it’ll remain with the local dealer that ordered it.



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Adam Gray is an experienced motoring journalist and content creator based in the United Kingdom. Using his media accreditation with motor manufacturers’ press offices, Adam test drives the latest cars and attends new vehicle press launches, producing written reviews and news pieces for supercarblondie.com. Before joining the Supercar Blondie team, Adam was Motoring Editor for Portfolio North magazine, North East Motoring Editor at Reach plc, and provided motoring content on a freelance basis to several lifestyle and business publications in the North of England. When he’s not behind the wheel of the latest car, Adam can be found at his local rink playing ice hockey or supporting his beloved Middlesbrough FC.

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