The picture confirms what we could already have guessed at: that the world’s most famous limousine is not ditching its Flying Lady or Pantheon grille any time soon. But also obvious is a smoother, more rounded look and new headlight treatment. It presages other changes that are expected to distinguish the eighth-generation model, although the overall look is expected to be entirely evolutionary.
This will be the second of the Goodwood Phantoms following the unveiling of the first under BMW’s watch on 1 January 2003. Both the Goodwood models, along with representatives of all six previous generations, will be on show at a free-to-enter “Great Eight Phantoms” exhibition at Bonhams Saleroom in New Bond Street, Mayfair, between 29 July and 2 August. The spectacular display, held in support of The Princes’ Trust, will be the first opportunity for the public to see the new model in the flesh.
We have to wait until 27 July for full details of the new Phantom, but the other seven models in the exhibition, representing 92 years of Phantom production and being shipped in from around the world, have now been confirmed.
They make quite a line-up, but first here are nine things you may not know about what more than any other automobile is said to be the best car in the world…