Rolls Royce continues with limited edition issues of their luxurious coupe. This time they are introducing the "Wraith - History of Rugby" series to commemorate rugby as one of the most popular British sports.

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The Bespoke Rolls-Royce designers draw inspiration from the history of the game of rugby, creating a tribute with the Wraith's characteristic blend of power, style and drama. It's also a unique way of remembering Webb Ellis, who in 1823 boldly changed the rules of the game: he disregarded the rules of football as it was played in his time and first took the ball in his arms and ran with it. Shortly thereafter, the rules of rugby as we know it today were laid down at the Rugby School in Warwickshire.

Followers of English rugby will be familiar with many of the design features, recognizing various elements and traditions of Rugby School. The exterior colour scheme of English White pays homage to the white rugby shirt worn at Rugby School, while the Wraith's signature shoulder-line is accentuated by a hand-applied coachline in deep green, featuring an English rose motif in red. As the word has it, Queen Elizabeth I gave permission to have her red rose emblem placed on the Rugby school crest, making a traditional symbol in rugby as well. Furthermore, each headrest also features an embroidered red rose, with Hotspur Red continuing the theme onto the dashboard accent panel, seat and door piping.

The interior is, naturally, dressed lavishly in leather, but it doesn't end there. Gilbert, the iconic manufacturer of rugby balls (and the maker of the very same football first picked up by William Webb Ellis) has produced a limited number of rugby balls to match this unique Wraith with the same color décor. Created using the same Seashell and Hotspur Red leather, each ball has been embroidered with the red rose. Each new owener of "Wraith - History of Rugby" will be given one of these highly exclusive balls.

Sept. 28, 2015 Driving photo: Rolls-Royce

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