Rolls-Royce Phantom Drophead Coupe Waterspeed Collection: 35 Units Limited Edition
|   Friday, May 23, 2014
Rolls-Royce will honor the legacy of Sir Malcolm Campbell with a special edition Phantom Drophead Coupe called Waterspeed Collection, which will be offered in 35 units.

Rolls-Royce unveiled the Phantom Drophead Coupe Waterspeed limited series, dedicated to Sir Malcolm Campbell, holder of several speed records on land and water, in the '20s and '30s. Specifically, the Waterspeed limited series is dedicated to the results Campbell had on water aboard the various versions of the Bluebird, equipped with Rolls-Royce engines.
The British dedicate this model to the special edition Bluebird K3, the speed boat with which Campbell reached 208 km / h in September 1937 on Lake Maggiore.

The skills and talents showed by the pilot helped him to be among the few record holders in this field of his time. The daring majority of those times who wanted to break speed records were destroyed in accidents related to their attempts to overcome those records, but Campbell died of natural causes.

The limited-edition Phantom Drophead Coupe Waterspeed Collection is painted in the "Maggiore Blue" exterior paint. The color scheme also extends to the engine. The Maggiore Blue exterior also carries over into the interior, which gets the same blue accents.

To ensure a perfect finish, 9 layers of paint are applied before the surface is hand-sanded and afterwards sealed with a powdered lacquer.
As mentioned, each copy of the Waterspeed limited series is painted in a shade inspired by the Bluebird cars created by Sir Malcolm Campbell. The color is present on both metal covers of the 6.75-liter V12 engine, as well as the alloy wheels with 11 spokes. More than that, the British from Rolls-Royce replaced the teak wood used for the exterior decorations of the retractable roof with glossy finish steel.

"For the first time in Rolls-Royce history the exterior finish also extends to the engine which is also painted blue, creating a visually striking homage to the power behind Campbell's records" said a Rolls-Royce spokesman.

The interior is gray leather wrapped and has the Bluebird logo on the center armrest. In addition, the interior presents wooden "Abachi" ornaments and the board clocks have graphics inspired by the legendary watches used by the Bluebird models built for Campbell.

The special edition Rolls-Royce Phantom Drophead Coupe Waterspeed has a price of 435,000 British pounds, the equivalent of 534,000 euro, and will be built in only 35 units. The first copy will be exposed near Lake Como, in Italy, located near Lake Maggiore. This is the place where Sir Malcolm Campbell achieved the world speed record on water, at the helm of a Bluebird K3 with Rolls-Royce engines.

Aboard the Bluebird K3, powered by Rolls-Royce engines, Sir Malcolm Campbell reached in 1937 on water an amazing speeds for that period, 208 km / h. The Rolls-Royce Phantom Drophead Coupe Waterspeed Collection can reach a 241 km / h.

"This very special motor car serves to pay a perfect homage to my grandfather's remarkable acts of British daring and endeavor. 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" declared Donald Wales, Sir Malcolm Campbell's grandson.
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