The XVIII was the most elegant non-custom phonograph that Victor made when it was introduced in the summer of 1915. This model had fancy hand carving, finely detailed veneer, and bowed front and side panels. Rare wood finishes were also available at extra cost. Sales were very limited due to the high cost of production (and the resulting high selling price), and within a year, the less expensive VV-XVII replaced the XVIII as the premier production model. The Period Victrola series (custom order only) was introduced in 1917, and eventually became the true aristocrats of Victrolas. But in 1915, the XVIII was the best standard catalog model available. Due to their relative rarity and beauty, these machines are prized by collectors today.