Friday, March 14, 2014

Friday Car Pr0n #21

Today's car picture is inspired by yesterday's awesome Rolls Royce Phantom I.

That's the infamous Silver Cloud right there, a descendant of the Phantom by some 30 years. It's debatable whether this or the Silver Shadow is the best known of the Rolls Royce models, with the Silver Shadow the next logical step, as it ran the longest in the line. Elvis Presley and Frank Sinatra owned Silver Clouds, though, so that's pretty impressive right there.

There's a legend surrounding the Rolls Royce marque. Allegedly, at one point the company offered a complete warranty that covered the car indefinitely, to the point where if something went wrong, a representative from Rolls Royce would come out, pick the owner up, have the car brought to the shop, and the owner would be given a loaner car for as long as the repair took. No idea if this is true, but it fits the "total luxury" image to a "T".

Then again, when you pay more for your car than most people pay for their homes...

That is all.


libertyman said...

That has all the earmarks of an urban legend, so I would doubt its veracity.

Dave H said...

Maybe for the first few customers they might offer a cradle-to-grave warranty as a PR effort.

Stretch said...

Royces never "break down."
They merely "fail to proceed."

Garrett Lee said...

You will remember the quality long after you have forgotten the price.

Nashville Beat said...

The version of the legend that I heard was somewhat more developed. In it, an American purchased a Rolls in England, shipped it to the Continent and toured around. In Switzerland, going up a mountain, it threw a rod. He called, the proverbial mechanic in immaculate white cover-alls was flown in (with replacement parts), and the Rolls was promptly fixed. The man finished his tour and shipped the car to the U.S.

When some time elapsed without receiving an invoice, the man sent a check with a note saying, "This should cover the cost of repairs made when my Rolls broke down in Switzerland."

The company returned his check with its own note: "Sir, you must be mistaken. A Rolls Royce never breaks down."