Rolls-Royce unveils Phantom Drophead Coupe Waterspeed Collection at Villa d’Este

Article by Andrew Christian, on May 27, 2014

The Rolls-Royce Phantom Drophead Coupé Waterspeed Collection has made its debut in Europe at the Concorso d’Eleganza at Villa d’Este on the shores of Lake Como, Italy. It was made and designed to celebrate the world water-speed record – at 126.33 mph -- set by Sir Malcolm Campbell on Lake Maggiore in September 1, 1937 in a Bluebird K3 boat powered by a Rolls-Royce R- Engine.

The next day, Campbell improved the record to 129.5mph, thereby breaking the United States’ five-year hold on the world water-speed record. The Waterspeed Collection, created by Rolls-Royce Motor Cars’ Bespoke department, is consists of 35 especially designed Phantom Drophead Coupés.

They replicate the cutting-edge technology that were used to build Campbell’s Bluebird K3 craft, and are made from the finest and newest materials. The The Rolls-Royce Phantom Drophead Coupé Waterspeed Collection features an exclusive Maggiore Blue color scheme as hand-crafted Abachi wood inlays conjure the feeling of a boat gliding through water.

The collection also features exterior coach line and interior laser etchings, reliving Campbell’s Bluebird K3 boat. The Waterspeed Collection Phantom Drophead Coupés boasts of exclusively created Bespoke design and engineering features – all made to pay a contemporary tribute to the Bluebird K3.

For a perfect finish, Rolls-Royce applied nine layers of paint, hand-sanded the vehicles and then applied powdered lacquer. The exterior finish of the Waterspeed Collection is extended to the engine, paying tribute the power that allowed Campbell to set those records.

The finish is further extended to the car’s fully-polished eleven-spoke wheels. Completing the collection’s exterior is a hand-painted coach line that culminates in a Bluebird motif – which tool Rolls-Royce’s master coachline painter around four hours to apply by hand.

The Phantom Drophead Coupé’s traditional teak decking is now replaced by brushed steel. The interior of the car features dashboard accents that complement the Windchill Grey interior leather scheme. The car also boasts of a laser-engraved door armrest tunnel caps. [source: Rolls-Royce]

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