We don't know how it happened, but Rolls-Royce let us borrow a Phantom for a few days. And not only did we find a place to plug in our iPod, we also found a navigation system hidden behind a clock, and a Bluetooth telephone system with a velvet-lined tray for our cell phone.
The Phantom, the only model in the current Rolls-Royce lineup, gets its mechanical components built by BMW in Germany. It's then sent over to the Rolls-Royce shop at Goodwood to get finished up.
The rear of the Phantom appears to drop down, but this is an illusion created by the belt and window line. The roofline maintains its height. The massive C-pillar serves to hide celebrity occupants from the public eye.
The rear doors open from the front, creating a look of accessibility to the cabin when both sets of doors are open. Because this style of door makes the rear ones a little difficult to close from inside, there are buttons on the insides of the C-pillars that automatically pull the doors shut.