Rolls Royce "Royal Retreat" Limo Schematic
ArchiveArchive of five different hand-drawn schematic plans, each sheet about 22" x 13" inches, for a custom made Rolls Royce limousine that included a personal on-board shower, bar, lavatory, twin and double beds, wardrobe, kitchenette, and more luxurious features in its whopping 31 foot long body. Inside space has a 6'4" clearing with full accommodations for living. Sheet one is an aerial view of the car, showing the features and framework of the passenger cabin. Sheet two gives a side view with a perspective of the vehicle's daunting height and length. The third sheet consists of two drawings that highlight the interior elevation on both the left and right side, as well as features that are flush with the side walls of the vehicle, like the wardrobe and shelving. Sheet 4 is made up of four cross-section illustrations, including the first depiction of the rear of the vehicle, that together signal the multidirectional roominess in the cabin. Designed by J. Harvey Newbury in 1976 as a modified version of the Rolls Royce Phantom, which was then the most expensive car in the world. This prototype was likely never realized but the Rolls Royce marque has reintroduced ultra-luxury custom order vehicles in 2021. However, the new generation of these vehicles seem to focus more on technological prowess and ornamental materials, rather than the stately presidential suite on wheels that is exhibited in this set of plans. The drawings are done by hand but have near machinic levels of precision and detail, from the interior workings of the car's electrical system to the pleats on the pants of the gentleman standing 6 foot tall in his Rolls Royce "Royal Retreat." In fine condition - the paper is unfolded, with the slightest bit of creasing on the corners of the first sheet, but drawings look crisp and neat on each sheet. Set on drafting paper that bears the namesake of Hallanger Engineers, unknown if that firm was related to this project.
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