The special edition open-top Phantom Coupe is a tribute to the English racing
driver Sir Malcolm Campbell who, on September 1, 1937 at the Lake Maggiore in
Italy, set a world-record speed of 126.33 mph in a Bluebird K3 boat powered by a
Rolls-Royce R Engine.
The car will be publicly displayed for the first time at the world-renowned Concorso D'Elegenza at Villa D'Este on the shores of one of Italy's world-famous lakes, Como, which is adjacent to the aforementioned Lake Maggiore.
"This very special motor car serves to pay a perfect homage to my grandfather's remarkable acts of British daring and endeavor," 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."
The car also showcases numerous customization options available to Rolls-Royce customers.
Covered with Nine Layers of Paint
The 2015 Rolls-Royce Phantom Drophead Coupé Waterspeed Collection is finished in a specially developed 'Maggiore Blue' exterior paint, inspired by Bluebird's famous color scheme. Nine layers of paint are applied before an exhaustive process of hand-sanding and the application of a cutting-edge powdered lacquer is undertaken to ensure an impeccable finish. For the first time in Rolls-Royce history the exterior finish extends to the engine, creating a visually striking homage to the power behind Campbell's records. The finish also adorns the car's specially developed, fully-polished eleven-spoke wheels for the first time, providing a subtle decorative accent.
The exterior is completed with a hand-painted coachline that culminates in a Bluebird motif with the design taking Rolls-Royce's master coachline painter four hours to apply by hand.
Phantom Drophead Coupé's traditional teak decking to the rear makes way for brushed steel. Each piece of material is individually panel-beaten by hand for 70 hours following initial mechanical pressing. A Rolls-Royce craftsperson will then hand-brush the metal for over 10 hours - showcasing the fastidious attention to detail and commitment to hand-craftsmanship that informs everything undertaken at the Home of Rolls-Royce.
The car's Maggiore Blue exterior finish is subtly echoed on the interior via accents on the dash-board that perfectly 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. The armrests alone take eight hours to complete. Abachi wood also makes its Rolls-Royce debut in Waterspeed. By nature the material is cool to the touch with a satin-like tactility, and is bookmatched at an angle to echo the wake left by a boat moving at speed.
The Rolls-Royce Phantom Drophead Coupe Waterspeed Collection will be made in 35 examples, each of them costing a minimum of 435,000 GBP.