In 2001, archeologists in the palace city of Chengdu, China, uncovered the Golden Sun Bird, an ancient artifact that dates back to the Shang Dynasty from 1000 BC. The disc depicts the sun and is made of almost solid gold, measuring five inches across and weighing 20 grams. The city adopted it as its logo, and now Rolls-Royce has commemorated the find and the heritage behind it with a unique one-off.

Based on the long-wheelbase version of the Ghost, the Golden Sunbird edition features a two-tone white and gold paint scheme, with gold coachline and gold grille topped by a gold Spirit of Ecstasy. The interior has likewise been gilded with gold embroidery atop the light brown leather and white trim to match the coachwork.

The result may be elegant but is certainly not subtle. And of course it's just the latest in a long line of special editions and one-offs Rolls-Royce has crafted, particularly for markets in the Middle and Far East.


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      Jamie Houk
      • 1 Year Ago
      "with gold coachline and gold grille topped by a gold Spirit of Ecstasy." Am I the first person to notice that the grille is not gold?
      Miguro Takahashi
      • 1 Year Ago
      I used to think hip hop artists and rappers liked the gaudiest cars but then I met new money Chinese people and I had to alter my opinion.
        OptimusPrimeRib
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Miguro Takahashi
        I guess you've never seen what Italians or the rich in the Middle East have done to cars.
      douflag
      • 1 Year Ago
      I thought this gold and white thing wasn't going to be released until September 20th.
      Love Great Danes
      • 1 Year Ago
      That is one ugly car. I takes talent to screw up a Rolls Royce
      FoxJ30
      • 1 Year Ago
      For someone who needs their car to match their new iPhone...
      Andrew Pappas
      • 1 Year Ago
      I had a golden sunbird. It's head gasket blew before it completely rusted out. Traded it in for a sunfire. That blew in entirely different ways.
      knightrider_6
      • 1 Year Ago
      for rich people who can't tell the difference between cheap looking and classy.
      ryanandrewmartin
      • 1 Year Ago
      Throw on some 24" Giovannas and you'd have a hit in the States because everyone here seems to love the tackiest sh.it.
      NY EVO X MR GUY
      • 1 Year Ago
      I got this on google plus 2 weeks ago. Old news dude. Keep up.
      Rob
      • 1 Year Ago
      Garish is the word that popped into my head. Thankfully it is a super low volume ugly car painted in a awful two tone combination that I will hopefully never have to see in person.
      4gasem
      • 1 Year Ago
      WOW that's horrible!
      OptimusPrimeRib
      • 1 Year Ago
      Not a fan of the exterior paint scheme but ooh that interior is so pretty.
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