Rolls-Royce Phantom Drophead Coupe Waterspeed Collection, an extensive denomination that boasts one of the highest levels of exclusivity placed on the market by Rolls-Royce. Limited to just 35 units, the Waterspeed Collection edition has its reason for being in the exploits of the British firm off the roads, specifically in the speed record of 208 km / h achieved by Malcolm Campbell in 1937 at the controls of a hydroplane powered by a Rolls-Royce engine.
Sir Malcolm Campbell (March 11, 1885 – December 31, 1948) was a renowned pilot and journalist of the time who managed to set various speed records both on land and on the sea. Of the feats achieved, the speed record on water signed on September 1, 1939 with the Blue Bird K4 with Rolls engine is undoubtedly one of the most remembered.
Although the special editions on the Rolls-Royce Phantom already have a significant number to their credit, everything indicates that this new Waterspeed Collection edition on the convertible body of the Phantom could become one of the most sought after due to the efforts that Rolls has put into make this series unique.
After the Rolls-Royce Phantom Coupé Chicane dedicated exclusively to the Dubai market, and where Rolls showed us a vision of sportsmanship very unusual in the brand with up to 600 HP and a wide variety of modifications looking for the most performance character, the Waterspeed Collection edition it becomes the antithesis of extreme sportsmanship to make luxury and sophistication the maximum references.
Only 35 units that will reach the market at a starting price of € 534,000. Its official presentation will be held during the next Concorso D’Elegenza at Villa D’Este on the shore of Lake Como in Italy.
How could it be otherwise, the Rolls-Royce Phantom Drophead Coupe Waterspeed Collection exhibits the brushed steel hood as an unmistakable example of the house. This piece requires two completely handmade manufacturing processes with 70 hours of shaping in the first phase, followed by more than 10 hours of brushing by hand by a specialist of the brand to give the final appearance.
On the outside, the chosen color tone could not be other than “Maggiore Blue” inspired by the colors that gave life to the hydrofoils that achieved the different speed records. The waist also maintains another hallmark of the house, such as the hand-drawn profile along the entire body. This hand-drawn line can only be made by a single person whose job at the Goodwood factory is solely to ensure that this profile is accurate on every Phantom manufactured.
Inside, although the leather upholstery fills every detail of the cabin, Rolls-Royce has decided to give this edition an even more special point by choosing a combination of leathers present in three different colors. The inserts on the inside feature a new finish called “Abachi Wood”. Only the handmade manufacture of the armrest takes 8 hours.
In the mechanical section is where this Waterspeed Collection edition offers fewer differences, and it is that Rolls-Royce maintains the original technical configuration with the mechanics 6.75 V12 reaching a power of 460 hp and 720 Nm of torque.