This Rolls-Royce is painted with 1,000 diamonds

The Rolls-Royce Ghost Elegance will be on display at this year’s Geneva Motor Show.

March 8, 2017

It’s hard being in the automotive business these days. Where once certain luxury manufacturers boasted a monopoly on certain features, they now have to live with the fact that those features have become standard. However, Rolls-Royce knows how to stand out from the crowd. 

The luxury automaker recently manufactured a special-edition Ghost, aptly named Elegance, for a collector. The vehicle – a version of which will be unveiled at this year’s Geneva Motor Show, which starts tomorrow – is the first car ever to be finished with a paint created from diamonds.

For all intents and purposes, the Rolls-Royce Ghost Elegance is exactly like a regular Ghost. The only thing that distinguishes it from the rest is the paint job that includes 1,000 diamonds, carefully ground to a powder so that they offer the shimmery loveliness of the polished material. 

Don’t scoff at that. There’s science involved here. The diamonds underwent testing to ensure their “radiance” when used in paint. A team of specialists worked for two months to create the perfect mixture, one which left diamonds undetectable to the touch.

In order to do that, an extra layer of lacquer was applied to protect the material during the hand-polishing process. This added an extra two days of by-hand paint application, as well as an additional day of finishing.

See the pimped-out ride in all its glory.