Rolls-Royce announces Phantom Drophead Coupe Bespoke Waterspeed Collection

Article by Christian Andrei, on February 4, 2014

Rolls-Royce Motor Cars revealed today the first sketch with the Bespoke Waterspeed Collection, a limited series of 35 Phantom Drophead Coupé that celebrate the a seminal act of British daring and endeavour. Back in 1937, on 1st of September, Sir Malcolm Campbell headed out onto the calm blue waters of Lake Maggiore on the Swiss-Italian frontier.

He took the wheel of his Bluebird K3 hydroplane boat powered by Rolls-Royce’s R-Type engine and set a record of 126.32 mph. The following day he set a new record of 129.5 mph, breaking the United States’ five-year stranglehold on the world waterspeed record.

The new Bespoke Waterspeed Collection echoes the cutting-edge technology employed in the construction of these craft and the company promises to use the finest contemporary materials never used before on a Rolls-Royce furnish.

The body will be covered in a Maggiore Blue colour scheme whilst hand-crafted wood inlays evoke the sense of a boat effortlessly gliding through water at pace.

Press Release

ROLLS-ROYCE MOTOR CARS PREVIEWS PHANTOM DROPHEAD COUPÉ BESPOKE WATERSPEED COLLECTION

Rolls-Royce Motor Cars is delighted to reveal an exclusive sketch of the Bespoke Waterspeed Collection, a series of 35 Phantom Drophead Coupés that seeks to celebrate a seminal act of British daring and endeavour.

On the morning of 1 September 1937, at the height of the battle between the United States and Great Britain to be the fastest nation on water, Sir Malcolm Campbell headed out onto the calm blue waters of Lake Maggiore on the Swiss-Italian frontier. On taking the wheel of his Bluebird K3 hydroplane boat, powered by Rolls-Royce’s R-Type engine, he established his legend, setting a record of 126.32 mph. The following day he went one better, piloting his craft to 129.5 mph, in doing so emphatically breaking the United States’ five-year stranglehold on the world waterspeed record. Campbell’s momentous achievement captured the world’s attention and reaffirmed the Rolls-Royce R-Type engines’ record-breaking superiority after triumphs on land and in the air.

Echoing the cutting-edge technology employed in the construction of these craft, only the finest contemporary materials never used before on a Rolls-Royce furnish the Waterspeed Collection. Brushed steel perfectly complements an exclusively developed Maggiore Blue colour scheme whilst hand-crafted wood inlays evoke the sense of a boat effortlessly gliding through water at pace.

“Sir Malcolm Campbell’s successful pursuit of world-speed records on land and water were the result of his commitment to the most exacting standards of British design and engineering excellence,” said Torsten Müller-Ötvös, Chief Executive Officer, Rolls-Royce Motor Cars. “Such attributes are hallmarks of every Rolls-Royce motor car, ensuring the marque’s position at the pinnacle of super-luxury manufacturing. This special Collection, and those to follow in 2014, serve to display the breadth of Bespoke personalisation available to every Rolls-Royce customer. I very much look forward to revealing these remarkable cars over the coming months.”

Following the release of this design sketch that gives a candid insight into the conception of Rolls-Royce’s latest Bespoke project, further details will be revealed over the coming months telling the story of the creation of the Waterspeed Collection.

“I am delighted that Rolls-Royce Motor Cars has chosen our grandfather's iconic Bluebird Waterspeed boats as inspiration for this special Collection,” said Donald Wales, grandson of Sir Malcolm Campbell. “I am certain Sir Malcolm would be extremely flattered to see his name still closely associated with such a prestigious brand 75 years after his last world Waterspeed Record. I know that I speak for our whole family and the Malcolm Campbell Heritage Trust when I say that it is a great honour and we look forward to seeing the first car off the production line.”

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