The $1.6 million Rolls-Royce Drophead Coupe by Bijan

Article by Christian Andrei, on October 14, 2011

Rolls-Royce Drophead Coupe is already an exclusive car but what happens when you combine the well-known British brand with another iconic name from the fashion world? Rolls-Royce wanted to answer us to this question and back in November 2010 announced that it will design 30 Phantoms in collaboration with the Iranian-American designer Bijan Pakzad (simply known as Bijan) and known for its menswear and fragrances.

For those who don’t know, Bijan migrated in from Iran to Los Angeles back in 1973 and opened an exclusive boutique in Rodeo Drive in Beverly Hills later in 1976.

This boutique has later been described as "the most expensive store in the world". But why associate Bijan brand with cars?

Apparently because he was known for his automobiles such as a yellow Bentley Azurre with black interior, a black Bentley Azure with yellow interior, a black Mercedes-Benz SLR McLaren with a customized paint scheme, a yellow Ferrari 430 Spider, a yellow Rolls-Royce Drohead Coupe as well as a Bugatti Veyron with a special paint scheme.

All these cars were parked in front of the Rodeo Drive boutique when Bijan was driving one of them. Regarding the Rolls-Royce partnership, it appears that it was dropped due to the fact that Bijan died in April 2011.

Only one car was made… the one you see in the photos! Priced at $1.6 million, the Rolls-Royce Drophead Coupe by Bijan comes in a yellow finish while the interior with some exclusive materials. We should stop talking now and you should check the photo gallery in order to understand better the Bijan name!

In January 2007, the Detroit Motor Show presented the Rolls Royce Phantom Drophead Coupé model. The same vehicle style began its production in Goodwood around summertime of the same year. The Phantom is a 2-door, 4-seater convertible that is very different from the distinguishable characteristics of the classic motorcar brand.

First of all, Rolls Royce used pure aluminium components for the new coupé’s body frame. This highly innovative feature keeps the convertible’s casing firm while not putting a lot of weight on the entire body. In some way, it practically suits the Phantom’s very sleek exterior facade. On the other hand, the splendidly designed interiors bring out the convertible’s sense of freedom and social inclination to the outside world.

Aside from the modern approach, Rolls Royce’s design standards still lingered all over the coupé’s outer profile. One couldn’t possibly miss the classic long rear overhangs; short front overhangs, wide-sized wheels and even Rolls Royce’s signature long bonnet. Moreover, the incredible Phantom top-down shows off the brand’s highly renowned “dynamic lines”. Yes, the one that gives off the impression as if the line slides down to the edges.

As a matter of fact, Rolls Royce already built a similar prototype of the convertible back in 2004. A few years later, the new Phantom Drophead Coupé possessed almost all the same qualities that were first shown on the original RR 100EX coupé. Among these were the teak-decked rear hood cover and the steel-brushed A-Pillars and bonnets. Interestingly, the equally grained steel finish went under the machine and was subjected to some serious hand polishing for that flawless shine. On the other hand, the rear hood’s hard wood material was carefully treated with special emollients to seal off the natural gloss of the teak decking.

Nevertheless, the convertible’s tough body with streamlined A-pillars takes its cue from iconic sports cars during the ‘60s. Rolls Royce has appointed the rear-hinged coach door opening not just to enhance the convertible’s appearance but also to make entering easier for the passenger seats at the rear.

Rolls Royce Chief Designer Ian Cameron explained how the Phantom coupé has allowed them to realise what these 2-seater convertibles can bring to their brand. The same reason gave them the determination to create a car that would bring the most outstanding satisfaction to their clients. (And by the way, he’s referring to the drop-dead gorgeous Rolls Royce Phantom Drophead Coupé no less).

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