Following an announcement made in February, Rolls-Royce has finally unveiled its new special edition Phantom Drophead Coupé, which commemorates Sir Malcolm Campbell’s 1937 water-speed record. Built in a limited run of just 35 examples, the car is finished in a stunning Maggiore Blue exterior paint , inspired by Bluebird’s famous colour scheme. The interior features hand-engraved door sills and armrest accents, Abachi wood ( for the first time in a Rolls-Royce), and a number of elements matching the Maggiore Blue exterior finish.
“This very special motor car serves to pay a perfect homage to my grandfather’s remarkable acts of British daring and endeavour,” said Donald Wales, grandson of Sir Malcolm Campbell. “The extraordinary attention-to-detail and commitment to engineering excellence so evident in these motor cars perfectly echoes the lengths my grandfather and his colleagues went to in their pursuit of the waterspeed records.”
Powering the Waterspeed will be the standard V12 6.75-liter engine outputting 453bhp and 720Nm of torque which grants the vehicle with a 0-60 mph run in 5.6 seconds, on its way to a top speed of 149mph. Priced at £435,000 the car was unveiled today at a private event held at the site of the original Bluebird Motor Company and will make its first public appearance at the Concorso d’Eleganza at the Villa D’Este classic car show in Italy on May 23.