With a list price approaching £300,000 – or almost £340,000 if you fancy the extended wheelbase version – the Rolls-Royce Phantom is a car few could afford or justify. In fact, if you’re a serious buyer, you’ve probably skipped this page completely.

Emissions may have dropped with the Series II model’s gearbox revisions, but it still registers almost 350g/km so you’ll pay full whack for road tax. Fuel consumption is rated at 19mpg, but in practice you’ll see figures in the mid to low teens.

Matt Prior

Matt Prior

Road test editor
The Phantom is priced in a league immune to financial pressures

Little of this will appear to buyers, who likely have a long history with the brand. The good news is buyers will want for little from the options list.

Leather, wood and electrically operated everything all comes as standard in the interests of offering occupants both supreme comfort and the all-important wow factor.

That said, it is still easy to push your Phantom’s price into the stratosphere. You might not need those hand-painted coach lines, gold-plated Spirit of Ecstasy or a humidor in the glovebox, but they’re all there for the taking.

And yes, the Phantom will depreciate, but it’s a rock-solid place to put your money.

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