Here's Why Rolls Royce Black Badge is the Ultimate Collectible Car

published on 29 Mar 2017
With a price tag of $362,700 (€336,900), it's clear that not everyone can afford a Rolls-Royce Wraith Black Badge, but for the privileged ones who can, we have three words for you: go for it! 

It may cost $47,000 (€43,600) more than the standard Rolls-Royce Wraith, but for every extra penny you pay now, you may get double the value in the long run. Here's why:

1. Uniqueness
It may look like the regular Wraith, but it's not. It has a lot more expensive chrome, a dark chrome Spirit of Ecstasy ornament, black air inlets, 21-inch black carbon fiber rims, and carbon fiber and aluminum threads. It also has two door instead of four, which means it has a lot more potential at auction. According to Hagerty Insurance Agency, two-door collectible Rolls Royces gained 60 percent in value over the past 10 years, whereas four-door Rolls Royces only increased by 25 percent.

2. High performance
It produces 624 horsepower just like the standard Wraith, but it's smoother to drive thanks to a brand new, eight-speed gearbox. It also generates more torque, 642 pound-feet versus 605, and boasts Intuitive Throttle Response and an upgraded air suspension system. It can sprint from 0 to 60 mph in 4.1 seconds, 0.3 seconds faster than the regular Wraith, while the top speed is the same at 155 mph. 

3. The devil is in the details
With two-tone leather seats in crimson and black, a Black Badge clock in the dashboard, Infinity logos and a starry ceiling among other things, the Wraith Black Badge's interior is a feast for the eyes of the most refined and dainty collectors. 

4. The price
This year at the Scottsdale auctions, a 1932 Rolls-Royce Phantom II Roadster and a 1913 Rolls-Royce Silver Ghost London-Edinburgh Sports Tourer, which were the most expensive cars on the market and priciest Rolls Royces of their time, fetched $341,000 (€316,700) and $698,500 (€648,800) respectively. It's now easy to see why a Rolls Royce Wraith Black Badge could stage a similar stellar performance at auctions three decades from now. 

5. Exclusivity
Of the roughly 1,000 Wraiths Rolls Royce plans to make this year, only about 150 will be Black Badges. "Any time there is a perception of exclusivity with special-edition vehicles, they will likely hold their value over time. vs. standard models," Hagerty's Jonathan Klinger told Bloomberg