Rolls-Royce is set to reveal the Phantom Drophead Coupé Waterspeed Collection at the forthcoming Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este later this month. Just 35 units of the exclusive model will be built.
Named after the world waterspeed record set by Sir Malcolm Campbell and his Bluebird K3 hydroplane, the bespoke Drophead Coupé will be making its debut on the shores of lake Como, where Campbell shattered the US’s five-year reign by recording a 129.5 top speed in 1937.
The Waterspeed Collection Phantom Drophead Coupés feature a number of exclusively created bespoke design and engineering features to create a contemporary tribute to Campbell’s famous craft. This includes ‘Maggiore Blue’ paint inspired by Bluebird’s famous color scheme which extends into the engine bay for the first time in Rolls-Royce history. The finish also adorns the car’s eleven-spoke wheels as well as the steering wheel, which is presented in two-tone Magiorre Blue and traditional black leather.
The exterior is completed with a hand-painted coachline that culminates in a Bluebird motif with the design, while the Phantom Drophead Coupé’s traditional teak decking to the rear makes way for brushed steel.
The car’s exterior color is subtly echoed on the interior via accents on the dashboard that complement the Windchill Grey interior leather scheme. The marque’s hallmark attention to detail extends to the application of hand-engraved door armrest tunnel caps featuring a new interpretation of Campbell’s famous Bluebird motif.
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