Rolls-Royce unveiled the Phantom Drophead Coupe Waterspeed Collection and announced that the new vehicle will be seen at this year’s Concorso D’Elegenza at Villa D’Este. The new vehicle will be easily recognizable thanks to the exclusive Bespoke design and engineering features.
As you can see from the photos, the car is finished in a Maggiore Blue exterior paint, developed especially for this model and inspired by the Bluebird’s famous colour scheme. According to Rolls-Royce, nine layers of paint were applied before the process of hand-sanding and application of the powdered lacquer.
In addition, the exterior finish extends to the engine, a first for Rolls-Royce. The exterior design is completed by the specially developed, fully-polished eleven-spoke wheels, but also by the hand-painted coachline that culminates in a Bluebird motif. Rolls-Royce says that the master coachline painted needed four hours to apply the design by hand.
The wood on the traditional teak decking to the rear was replaced by brushed steel. The Maggiore Blue exterior finish is also found inside, on accents found on the dashboard that complement the Windchill Grey leather scheme. Moreover, the door armrest tunnel caps feature a new interpretation of Campbell’s famous Bluebird motif.
Abachi wood was also used for the interior and is bookmatched at an angle to echo the wake left by a boat moving at speed. The power reserve dial makes further reference to Campbell’s craft.
The Bespoke front-lit clock is adorned with Bluebird’s infinity symbol and dials hewn from a billet of aluminium evokes K3 further. The glovebox features a hand-embroidered panel that shows the records Campbell achieved at Lake Maggiore and Coniston Water. On the steering wheel, we find Maggiore Blue accents in combination with black leather.
Both the Rolls-Royce Phantom Coupe and Drophead Coupe have a single piece grille surround, giving both models seamless and modern front end arching into sculpted front wings. The Rolls-Royce Phantom saloon, meanwhile, sports a new rear bumper with a polished stainless steel highlight.
Meanwhile, both the Rolls-Royce Phantom Saloon and Extended Wheelbase now don a new front wing R-R badge with repeat indicator. The range of 21-inch wheels available for these models is now expanded with three new wheel options: painted, part-polished and polished.
Ian Cameron remarked that the result of these tweaks gives the Phantom a modern look while still embracing traditional design cues.
The timelessness of the new Phantom is made possible by its simplicity of design as well as by using very finest materials. In fact, the touch points of the new Phantom made use of fine materials like wood, chrome and leather. The floor, meanwhile, is wrapped in deep, lambswool rugs.
Meanwhile, the rear cabin of the Phantom Saloon is arguably the most comfortable and most luxurious section of the vehicle. The rear seats are elevated by 18 mm, giving passengers an inspirational view of the bonnet and the Spirit of Ecstasy. The number seat flutes in the front and rear have been reduced from five to three, thereby complementing the Phantom Saloon’s natural grain leather. Rolls-Royce also added flutes to the seats of both the Drophead Coupe and Coupe for Phantom Series II.