The Rolls-Royce Phantom has a mesmerising feature that transforms the car into a work of art

For more than a century, Rolls-Royce has been producing some of the most iconic and luxurious motor cars in the world. Over the past two years, I’ve had the opportunity to experience the Ghost, the Wraith, and the company’s flagship Phantom firsthand.

And I’ve been duly impressed by all of three cars.

Last summer, Business Insider had the chance to spend a few days with a 2016 Rolls-Royce Phantom.

Even though the Phantom was packed to the brim with luxury features ranging from book-matched wood veneer to power-closing coach doors, one feature stood out above them all: the Rolls-Royce starlight headliner.

I know it’s hard to get excited about the ceiling of a car, but trust me. This is cool.

The headliner features a series of fibre-optic lights mounted inside the ceiling of the car. But the design of the lights make it look like constellations in the sky. Neither the Phantom nor the starlight headliner are new. In fact, the current generation Phantom is coming to the end of its service life and Rolls-Royce is working diligently on a replacement. Regardless, the headliner is still mesmerising to look at.

Here’s a closer look at the Rolls-Royce starlight headliner:

Rolls-Royce recently dropped off this stately 2016 Phantom sedan.

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Open up the coach doors, and you'll see all the luxurious goodies.

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As nice as the plush rear seats may be, the real show starts when you look up!

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Here it is: the starlight headliner. The headliner is one of Rolls-Royce's infinitely customisable bespoke features.

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The headliner is also available on the Wraith coupe and the Ghost sedan.


Each headliner is assembled by hand and tailored to the owner's wishes. Rolls-Royce can mimic just about any constellation.

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Not only is the headliner aesthetically pleasing, it's also an effective way to light the interior of the car. Here you can see it light up the interior of a Wraith.

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That's because the brightness of the starlight headliner can be controlled using the car's infotainment system.

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Each headliner can feature anywhere between 800 and 1,600 fibre-optic lights. Our Phantom came equipped with about 800 lights.

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According to Rolls-Royce, the headliner takes two craftspeople an average of nine hours to create by hand, although more complex designs can take up to 17 hours.

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