In London, the Underground drivers are reportedly preparing to hold a series of “hard hitting and protracted strikes” that would shut the world-famous “tube”. They should be aware that their services are becoming less and less popular as people move to Rolls-Royce for their transportation needs. Yes, Rolls-Royce sales have hit an 118-year high.
It is some 10 years since the first Rolls arrived in Israel. Nowadays, if you have a bit of spare cash, they are freely available. A 2022 Phantom, with a 6.7L Twin-Turbo V12 engine, will set you back just 1,604,250 Shekels. Most of us have 4,250 shekels at hand, it’s the remaining 1,600,000 that might be a problem.
Currently, the average monthly wage in Israel is around 12 thousand Israeli shekels. It should not take more than 12 years to pay for your Phantom (providing you do not waste your income on eating or other unnecessary living expenses).
Once on the road, you should be careful how hard you press on the pedal. Your Phantom has a top speed of 155 miles per hour. (We use mph not kph as the Phantom is a British car.) The fastest you can legally drive is 70 mph (112 kph) on a motorway. But it is unlikely that a police car will be able to catch you. Perhaps, as a precaution, you should fit revolving number plates as James Bond used on his Aston Martin DB5. This will leave the traffic police wondering which of Israel’s many Aston Martins they have seen.
(If you want a personalised number, 000 7 is available for £275,000 but you should be quick before someone snaps it up.)
But even this Aston Martin could not compete with today’s Phantom, its top speed was only 145 mph.
Readers will be saddened to learn that I am waiting for the Times of Israel to pay us blog writers a decent salary before I order my Aston Martin.