Fort Lauderdale

Greater Fort Lauderdale/Broward County Convention Center
29 - 30 March 2019
Lot 3126

2008 Rolls-Royce Phantom Drophead Coupe 'Bijan'

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$198,000 USD | Sold

United States | Fort Lauderdale, Florida

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  • A fully bespoke example, built personally for fashion designer Bijan Pakzad
  • Fewer than 9,500 and only two-owners from new
  • Inspiration for the Phantom ‘Bijan Edition’
Addendum: Please note that this lot is now being offered on Saturday, Lot 3126.

Bijan Pakzad founded his famous Beverly Hills men’s boutique House of Bijan in 1976 and it has since become known as the most expensive clothing store in the world. Bijan clothed some of the world’s most powerful people, including five U.S. presidents before his untimely death in 2011. Some clients are known to spend over $1 million on a single trip to the boutique. House of Bijan has become a Los Angeles landmark is run today by his son, Nicolas.

Bijan worked directly with the Rolls-Royce factory to create this fully bespoke Phantom Drophead and used it as his personal car until his death in 2011. He created its one-off color of ‘Bijan Yellow’ and chose a dark brown top to match the House of Bijan colors that he became famous for. Other special features include white gauges, the House of Bijan crest on the front fenders, and stainless-steel hood. One of the most photographed cars in the world, it was a regular sight parked in front of House of Bijan on Rodeo Drive.

The popularity of this Phantom Drophead inspired Bijan to collaborate again with Rolls-Royce to create a special series of 25 ‘Bijan Edition’ Phantoms which he sold to his clients worldwide. Available as a drophead coupe, coupe, or extended wheelbase, the Bijan Edition started at $1,000,000 and was built to Bijan’s personal design specifications. Features included a clock with 611 individual diamonds, hand-painted paisley, a mink throw, and a platinum key ring. This was the only time Rolls-Royce collaborated with a fashion house during its 113-year history, and this Phantom drophead was the inspiration. The Bijan Edition was the pinnacle of ultimate luxury and motoring.

Following Bijan’s death, the car was purchased by one of his best clients who kept it in his collection of significant vintage competition Ferraris. This is a rare opportunity to purchase one of the best-known Rolls-Royces, built for the man responsible for the only collaboration between Rolls-Royce and a fashion house.