One-of-a-kind Rolls-Royce Maharaja Phantom Drophead Coupe unveiled in Dubai

Article by Christian Andrei, on November 14, 2014

The custom Rolls-Royce Maharaja Phantom Drophead Coupé was designed especially for the Dubai market. This exclusive vehicle revealed at the AGMC Rolls-Royce showroom is a one-of-a-kind model and draws its inspiration from the bygone era of the Raja and in particular the glorious golden age of India.

Looking into the past, the designers examined how over a hundred years ago Indian royalty developed a unique relationship with Rolls-Royce, one which saw an unprecedented number of bespoke vehicles created. Each of which was designed to test what was possible in a Rolls-Royce and led to a partnership which saw over 800 hand-crafted vehicles from the heart of Rolls-Royce in Goodwood, England delivered to India.

This was a development which earned the company the 'Best Car in the World' award and its designers created an unheard of number of modifications to the style, comfort and performance of its vehicles.

In recreating this Golden moment, Rolls-Royce has unveiled its latest collection of vehicles. A series of cars inspired by the Maharajas and the Phantom Drophead Coupé is but the first.

Osman Abdelmoneim, the General Manager at AGMC said that by revealing this one-of-a-kind vehicle in Dubai, Rolls-Royce is announcing how it feels about the market and how important it is to them. It also serves to stress its commitment.

The possibilities within the bespoke marketplace have prompted great interest in the area and the Rolls-Royce's programme promises the heights of luxury and customisation to those within the community.

Abdelmoneim continued that all of its cars at Rolls-Royce represent the pinnacle of what's possible. The achievements can be seen in the Maharaja Phantom Drophead Coupé and belong to its customers as much as the company.

As well as the customisation of each vehicle, there are a number of additional elements which have been added including a change in colour. The Phantom is now available in a stunning Carrara White, a green coachline and emblazoned with a Peacock, which is India's national bird, on the bonnet. The green extends to the hood and the Peacock emblem can also be seen on the inlaid woodwork.

The interior changes are also striking with the Crème Light leather blending perfectly with the Emerald green highlights throughout. The marquetry continues on the panel tops and the arm rests with some extensive creativity as the headrests also feature the Peacock symbols and come in the same Emerald green and an elegant Cobalto blue. Additional work on the side and central arm rests include peacock feathers in an exquisite Seashell stitching and the Colbalto blue as seen on the headrest is prevalent at key points to highlight the green lining.

Marketed to Dubai's elite, the Phantom is one of Rolls-Royce's crowning achievements. With over two years of design and effort, it comprises the wishes and dreams of a prior age and brings them today's technology. It is innovative, exudes elegance and a fitting first in the new Bespoke Programme.

Press Release


The Rolls-Royce Maharaja Phantom Drophead Coupé, a one-of-a-kind Bespoke vehicle created exclusively for customers in Dubai, was unveiled yesterday at an Indian-themed evening event held in celebration of the car’s arrival at the AGMC Rolls-Royce showroom.

Inspired by the Golden Age of the Raja, this eye-catchingly beautiful model was conceptualised and hand-crafted by specialists at the Home of Rolls-Royce in Goodwood, England, in honour of India’s affinity with the super-luxury marque. 100 years ago, India’s Princes and Maharajas collectively engaged in what is described as one of the world’s longest relationships with one automobile manufacturer. Over a period of five decades, the Maharajas purchased over 840 unique Rolls-Royce motor cars pushing the maker of the ‘Best Car in the World’ to unprecedented levels of design, engineering and luxury. Now, Rolls-Royce Motor Cars is recreating the golden age of India’s motoring heritage though a collection of Bespoke vehicles inspired by the Maharajas’ cars, the first of which is the Rolls-Royce Maharaja Phantom Drophead Coupé unveiled last night.

“Dubai is the only market in the world to receive this extraordinary, one-of-a-kind Bespoke Phantom Drophead Coupé, which has been two years in the making – not only an incredible coup for us, but also a strong reflection of the importance that Rolls-Royce Motor Cars places on this market,” explains Osman Abdelmoneim, General Manager at AGMC.

Highlighting the exclusivity and unique nature of Rolls-Royce Motor Cars’ renowned Bespoke programme, the model has already prompted strong interest from local automotive enthusiasts in Dubai and customers within the Indian community seeking the pinnacle in luxury and individualisation. “Our customers demand the best, the extraordinary and the unique. Such attributes are the hallmarks of every Rolls-Royce motor car, and are particularly evident in the Rolls-Royce Maharaja Phantom Drophead Coupé,” adds Abdelmoneim.

A host of subtle touches have been added to the Rolls-Royce Phantom Coupé to bring the Golden Age of the Raja alive in this extraordinary model. The exterior of this Maharaja inspired super-luxury vehicle dazzles in a Carrara White colour, with a Peacock emblem, the national bird of India, completing an Emerald green coachline. A Deep Green hood retracts to reveal a beautiful deck with a Peacock emblem integrated into the marquetry – a perfect complement to the Peacock detail on the bonnet. The interior continues the striking colour theme by elegantly combining Crème Light leather with Emerald green accents, which is complemented by marquetry inlay on the facia panel top and arm rests. More elaborate Peacock emblems can be found embroidered into the headrests in Emerald green and Cobalto blue, as well as a Peacock feather pattern in Seashell stitching on the side and central armrests. The Bespoke Maharaja Peacock clock complements the interior colours with Cobalto blue and Jade elements.

Phantom is Rolls-Royce’s pinnacle model. It was created with the desire to build the best car in the world, and as such is a vehicle designed without compromise. When combined with the ability for customisation through the Bespoke Programme, the result is the ultimate in automotive excellence, a modern interpretation of the luxury motor car and number one choice of transport for Dubai's elite.

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