Rolls-Royce Celebrates Speed on Water With New Special Edition

Rolls-Royce Celebrates Speed on Water With New Special Edition

Rolls-Royce has revealed a new special Phantom Drophead coupe celebrating speed on water.

The Rolls-Royce Phantom Drophead Coupe Waterspeed Collection will make its debut in the UK at an exclusive event on the site of the original Bluebird Motor Company, now known as the Bluebird Restaurant. That debut will take place on the King’s Road, London on Tuesday May 13, 2014. Afterwards, the car will head to the Concorso d’Eleganza at Villa D’Este in Lake Como, Italy.

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Making the Phantom Drophead coupe unique are a number of exclusively created bespoke design and engineering features, all of which have been created as a thoroughly contemporary tribute to Sir Malcolm Campbell’s famous craft, which, back in 1939, set the Waterspeed record of 126.33 mph in the famous Bluebird K3 boat powered by the Rolls-Royce R engine.

Finished in an exquisite Maggiore Blue exterior that is inspired by Bluebird’s famous color scheme, the British automaker boasted that nine layers of paint were applied before an exhaustive process of hand-sanding and the application of cutting-edge powdered lacquer to give it its impeccable finish. And for the first time in Rolls-Royce’s history, the exterior finish finds its way to the engine. Another unique, first time enhancement to the Phantom Drophead includes fully-polished, eleven-spoke wheels.

“This very special motor car serves to pay a perfect homage to my grandfather’s remarkable acts of British daring and endeavour,” said Donald Wales, grandson of Sir Malcolm Campbell. “The extraordinary attention to detail and commitment to engineering excellence so evident in these motor cars perfectly echoes the lengths my grandfather and his colleagues went to in their pursuit of the waterspeed records.”

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