Rolls-Royce Phantom Drophead Coupe Waterspeed Collection | Auto Express
Bespoke Phantom-based special edition from Rolls-Royce celebrates Sir Malcolm Campbell’s 1930s water speed records
Rolls-Royce has revealed a Phantom Drophead Coupe-based special edition, created to celebrate the 1930s water speed world records set by Sir Malcolm Campbell.
Previewed earlier this year in a series of sketches, it’s called the Waterspeed Collection with a production run of only 35 models. It has been personalised with a range of bespoke styling and engineering features, which pay tribute to the Rolls-Royce R Engine-powered Bluebird boats used in the water-speed record attempts. Given the added exclusivity, the car is now on sale for £435,000 – a hefty £82,000 premium over the already pricey standard car, with all but two having been sold.
Finished in Maggiore Blue, a reference to the location of Campell’s 1937 record-breaking run, for the first time in a Rolls-Royce the new Phantom sees its Bluebird-inspired paint scheme extend to the engine bay. The electric blue finish has also been incorporated into the car’s unique eleven-spoke alloys for a contrasting effect.