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Behold, the very blue [and expensive] 2014 Rolls Royce Phantom Drophead Coupe Waterspeed Collection

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On: Thu, May 15, 2014 at 12:40PM | By: Teddy Field


Behold, the very blue [and expensive] 2014 Rolls Royce Phantom Drophead Coupe Waterspeed Collection

The Rolls Royce Phantom Drophead Coupe is a larger-than-life car, for larger-than-life people. If you've got a big wallet and a big ego, this massive car is an opulent way to show people that you's a 'Boss'. And the new Phantom Drophead Waterspeed Collection will even help you stand out from those other tycoons at the yacht club. Let's find out why it's so special...

At nearly 19 feet in length, the standard-issue Rolls Royce Phantom Drophead Coupe already exudes nobility. But if you've been rich for a long time (See: Old Money), the best just isn't special enough. For these people, the Rolls Royce Bespoke Division has created a very unique version of their $469,000 (that's just the base price) flagship convertible. And, hilariously, they bedecked this 5,800 lb land yacht with a boat theme. It's tasteful and good looking, but the irony deserved mention.

The Rolls Royce Phantom Drophead Coupe Waterspeed Collection pays tribute to a man named Sir Malcolm Campbell, who used a Rolls Royce-powered boat to break the water speed record in 1937. Several years earlier, he successfully broke the land speed record at the Bonneville Salt Flats, traveling an average of 301 mph in two passes. With that checked off his bucket list, Sir Malcolm set his sights on the water speed record. His London car dealership, the Bluebird Motor Company, basically footed the bill for his custom speedboat, the Bluebird K3. And it was powered by the Rolls Royce V12 used in his record-setting “Bluebird” race car (the man liked the color blue, didn't he?).

To honor his achievement, and give bored rich people something new to buy, Rolls Royce created this one-of-a-kind tribute car that's absolutely brimming with cool details. On a normal Drophead, the roof cover is trimmed with teak wood. But here, they used a hand-brushed steel cover that took some poor bloke over 80 hours to make. The traditional deep-deep pile carpets are forgone, in favor of a black/metal ribbed treatment, like you'd find on a boat. A modern interpretation of Campbell's Bluebird logo is hand-engraved in the armrest caps on the suicide doors. Campbells's speed records were carefully hand embroidered on the glovebox door. And they've used this neat metallic-looking wood called Abachi, which has been bookmatched to resemble the wake made by a speeding boat. Really cool.

Since Sir Malcolm really, really, really liked the color blue, Rolls Royce created a special shade called Maggiore Blue, which is based on the Bluebird K3's color, and named for the lake in Italy where Campbell set the water speed record of 126.33 mph. The Roller also has a yellow and blue Power Reserve gauge that mimics the tachometer on the K3. And, of course, the redline is actually blue, honoring Campbell's 'going into the blue' theme.

The Rolls Royce Phantom Drophead Coupe is headed for this year's Concorso D'Eleganza at Villa D'Este on Lake Como, where the car will no doubt find a buyer among the prestigious car show's million/billionaire attendees. And no, we don't know how much they're asking for it. But it's a safe bet you can't afford it.


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