ROLLING OFF THE LOT

Here's a sign of economic resurgence: it's OK again to drive a Rolls-Royce. When Rolls introduced the lusciously appointed Phantom a year ago, the car dazzled and daunted in equal measure. It's not that the $320,000 sticker was a problem for a typical buyer (average net worth: $30 million). It's just that after all those business scandals, corporate fat cats didn't want to look quite so, well, fat. And the sheepskin carpets and champagne cooler seemed a tad excessive. Now, though, the well wheeled are ready to get their Rolls on. The imposing cruiser is sold out through June. "Everybody is getting over that image concern," says Rolls dealer Michael Parchment. Still, they don't want to be too flashy. Eight in 10 Phantom buyers get a conservative black or silver paint job. Not slugger Sammy Sosa. He went for "Cornish white." And took delivery, appropriately enough, on Christmas Eve.

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