Romance leads to all sorts of things. Before the divorce comes the wedding. And that means a car to get the bride to the registry office. In the United Kingdom that probably means a Rolls-Royce in purest white.
The white Rolls-Royce is desirable in the role of wedding car and uttely undesirable in any other role. Without looking up actual statistics, I’d guess a white Roller is worth less than any other colour apart from pink. It’s funny how people view the same thing in different contexts.
Rolls-Royce Silver Shadows are for me the archetypal wedding car: grand, imposing, aristocratic and fairly impractical. Romance is about feelings not facts and this is a true for a wedding car as for a wedding. The feel of the wedding car is to do with insulating the passengers from the bumpy business of transport. That it consumes fuel at the rate of 12 mpg and needs quite a lot of service is something to be forgotten about along with the horrific cost of canapes and bad white wine for 120 people.
The bipolar attitude people have to white Rolls Royces suggests that romance carries with it intimations of bad taste. A large white car looks wrong to most people’s eyes and this is down to cultural associations. The white car is ostentatious, piling on impressions of scale when dimensions alone can do the trick of making something seem large. Focusing more closely one thinks about the meaning of pure white.
A black flat screen television is an anonymous slab. A white one suggests a lack of finer judgement. A glossy white one offends to the maximum. Think also about pure white leather upholstery. Outside the chambers of an Arabian oil potentate, pure white leather is grotesque. It’s grotesque in the potentate’s chamber too but we can easily avoid that kind of locale.
Romance in this form borders on and easily crosses over into bad taste, when feelings triumph over restraint and rationality. Rationality suggests modest black for the television and off off off white for upholstery. It shows up the dirt less, simply put. Pure white denies reality as does romance and for that reason white suggest a flight from the facts of existence.
The white wedding car, that 1976 Silver Shadow, is locked tight to a one day escape from reason. What then the stretch limousine?