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Rolls-Royce: Luxury King Shows its Philanthropic Side

Rolls-Royce: Luxury King Shows its Philanthropic Side

As part of charitable efforts, Rolls-Royce Motor Cars, in conjunction with Rolls-Royce Motor Cars Naples, Florida, donated a 2024 Rolls-Royce Spectre for live-auction bidding at the Naples Winter Wine Festival (NWWF) to benefit the Naples Children & Education Foundation (NCEF).

The theme for this year’s NWWF was “Generosity in Full Bloom,” as festival attendees came together on the grounds of The Ritz-Carlton Tiburón to bid on 50 unique, one-of-a-kind wine, travel, automotive and culinary live auction lots. Through the NCEF, auction proceeds will support close to 90 of the most effective nonprofit organizations in the community that have provided more than 300,000 local children with the services and resources they need to excel.

Auction lot 38 was the reason Pursuitist was present at the festival as guests of Rolls-Royce, as we witnessed the vaunted and highly-sought-after 2024 Rolls-Royce Spectre garner the top bid of the auction. Revealed just one year ago in Goodwood England, home of Rolls-Royce, first deliveries of Spectre began in December, 2023, and current orders extend through 2025.

It’s fitting that the air enveloping the auction when Spectre came to bid was “electric,” as bidding for the full-electric 2024 Spectre rapidly accelerated to $750,000 and then appeared to stall. Alas, the rambunctious auctioneer would have none of that, as the energy he exuded recharged the audience like a Level 3 Fast Charger for electric vehicles. After about 10 minutes, the battle was whittled down to two bidders, with a long-time Naples resident coming out on top.

The generous winner, who bid $1.4 million, said: “Spectre is an incredible machine, it’s an honor to be able to be able to call one my own, but the real honor is that we work together to help the kids.” The avid car collector and racing enthusiast who raised his paddle for the winning bid asked to remain anonymous.

Jason Reidel, General Manager and Partner of Rolls-Royce Motor Cars Naples was thrilled with the winning bid saying, “It’s an honor to share the day with so many of our clients and neighbors to support the kids. We are proud that Rolls-Royce has been a long-term supporter of the community here in South-West Florida.” Spectre joins a historic list of one-of-a-kind commissions from Rolls-Royce Motor Cars Naples that have been auctioned off to benefit the Naples Children & Education Foundation.

Jason Reidel

Spectre marks the fifth Rolls-Royce to pass under the charity gavel in the past 20 years, raising $5.68 million in bids. The Naples Winter Wine Festival auction raised more than $33 million for children’s charities of Collier County on a sunny southwest Florida afternoon.

Rolls-Royce has been a reliable supporter of the event raising $5.68 million in donation bids for the kids of Collier County:

  • In 2007, the first Phantom Drophead Coupe for the U.S. saw a winning bid of $2 million
  • A Rolls-Royce Wraith garnered $750 thousand in 2014
  • In 2015 the first Rolls-Royce Dawn for North America brought a bid of $750 thousand
  • The very first Phantom VII commission in 2018 received a winning bid of $780 thousand

The Winning Spectre 

The bid-winning 2024 Rolls-Royce Spectre featured an Arctic White and Tempest Grey two-tone exterior including Tailored Purple coachline, and 23” wing spoke part polished wheels. A hand-crafted Grace White leather interior accented with Tailored Purple and Black.

The rear-hinged “Coach” doors are fitted with umbrellas in case of inclement weather, and close at the touch of a button. The plush and beautifully crafted interior features the starlight headliner which for the first time ever extends onto the doors with more than 6,000 individually lit fiber optic strands, patterned in the constellations overhead at night. Undeniably a Rolls-Royce first, the electric drive offers an even more the renowned Rolls-Royce magic carpet ride, whisper quiet performance and unrivaled Bespoke appointments. The perfect blend of Rolls-Royce luxury and the benefits of an all-electric drivetrain, Rolls-Royce Spectre offers the best of both worlds.

Engineered on the Rolls-Royce dedicated aluminum platform known as the “Architecture of Luxury,” Spectre delivers everything you expect in the most technologically advanced Rolls-Royce ever. The electric drive delivers 577 horsepower and 664 pound-feet of torque, enabling it to accelerate from zero to 60 mph in 4.4 seconds. Powered by a 1,500-pound battery pack providing 102 kilowatt hours delivers an EPA estimated range of 266 miles on each charge. All-wheel drive and four-wheel steering improves agility in tight spaces, and ride comfort.

About Naples Winter Wine Festival

The Naples Winter Wine Festival, one of the world’s most prestigious charity wine auctions, offers a weekend of unforgettable memories. Guests enjoy world-class food and wine during intimate dinners in elegant, private homes and other landmark settings throughout Naples and are invited to bid on once-in-a-lifetime travel and wine experiences during an electrifying live auction.

Since its inaugural event in 2001, the NWWF has raised almost $302 million, making a profound difference in the lives of hundreds of thousands of children in Collier County.

About the Naples Children & Education Foundation

The Naples Children & Education Foundation (NCEF), the founding organization of the Naples Winter Wine Festival, is improving the educational, emotional and health outcomes of underprivileged and at-risk children. NCEF’s unique approach, which emphasizes collaboration between organizations and bridges public and private resources, has become a blueprint for how to transform a community, one issue at a time.