Photo gallery: CNET's day out in the Rolls-Royce Phantom
The very rich, as F. Scott Fitzgerald observed, are different than you and me--but that doesn't stop us from pretending. When the $375,000 Rolls-Royce Phantom arrived in our garage this week, we couldn't pass up the chance to live the high life for a day.
With a day to ourselves in one of the world's most prestigious cars, we felt like a cross between Ferris Bueller and Montgomery Brewster. Accordingly, we devised an itinerary in keeping with the character of this most extraordinary of vehicles.
To begin our day, we gingerly guided the 19-foot Rolls out of the CNET garage. To assist us in our maneuvering, the car is equipped with a front and rear park-distance system with audible and visible signals.
The first passenger on the list was CNET senior editor Donald Bell, who took very little time adapting to the interior refinement of the Rolls. "This sure beats my Hyundai Accent," said Bell as he unfolded the 12-inch LCD display in the backseat.
Having done our bit for the common man, we set out to get a bit of culture, stopping off at the Palace of the Legion of Honor in San Francisco's Presidio. There was no valet, so we were forced to try to park the Rolls ourselves.
If we were going to live like millionaires for the day, what better way to go about it than by taking a few pointers from The Donald himself? We tuned in to Donald Trump's show using the Phantom's built-in TV tuner.
The Phantom's navigation system has a unique feature that Trump himself would applaud: the display of dollar signs on the map. We can only assume it's a money radar to alert the uberrich owners of the car where they are likely to find like-minded souls.
The McDonald's drive-through just didn't seem like a becoming eatery for custodians of such a refined car. So we took ourselves to the mock-Elizabethan Pelican Inn in Muir Beach for lunch, making sure that as many people as possible saw us get out of the Rolls.