In terms of aspirational appeal, a Rolls-Royce Phantom Drophead Coupe is about as exclusive as it gets. For those not content with any old Rolls-Royce, the bespoke collection provides special edition vehicles with hand-crafted detailing and rich symbolism. In the case of the new Rolls-Royce Phantom Drophead Coupe Waterspeed Collection, the symbolism is heavy and the craftsmanship is even heavier.
Rolls-Royce has revealed the Waterspeed Collection of the Phantom Drophead Coupe as an homage to the record setting Bluebird K3 boat powered by a Rolls-Royce R Engine. In 1937, the Bluebird K3 set a water-speed record of 126.3 mph, a blinding speed on the open water of Lake Maggiore, Italy. It proved that Rolls-Royce was not only the master of the roads of Europe, but its waters as well.
The Rolls-Royce Phantom Drophead Coupe Waterspeed Collection has been coated in a custom “Maggiore Blue” paint, inspired by the waters of Lake Maggiore. Inside, accents of Maggiore Blue enrich the fine Windchill Grey interior leather scheme. Instead of the typical teak interior amongst the Phantom Drophead, the Waterspeed edition features brushed steel, with each piece “individually panel-beaten by hand for 70 hours following initial mechanical pressing”. Despite the 80-year-old inspiration for this new Phantom, its appearance is progressive and athletic. It echoes the history of Rolls-Royce, both on land and in the waters of Europe. It’s coming to Europe soon, for a price likely higher than we can even imagine.