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Rolls-Royce Phantom Drophead Coupe Waterspeed Collection

Published by on May 13, 2014 in News Leave a comment

Rolls-Royce Phantom Drophead Coupe Waterspeed

The British company has just unveiled the Rolls-Royce Phantom Drophead Coupe Waterspeed limited edition, a special model dedicated to Sir Malcom Campbell, the English motorist that broke multiple land and water speed records in the 1920s and ’30s. As its name indicates, the Waterspeed special edition celebrates his achievements on water, Campbell using different versions of Bluebird boats that were powered by Rolls-Royce engines. With this special vehicle, the British company pays homage to the Bluebird K3, the speedboat Campbell used to reach 129 mph (208 km/h) in 1937, on the Maggiore lake in Northern Italy.

Each unit of the Waterspeed limited edition will be finished in a special “Maggiore Blue” color inspired by Sir Malcom Campbell’s Bluebird boats and cars. The color is also used on the engine, the eleven-spoke wheels, the steering wheel and several other interior elements. Other interior features include the glossy steel decorations of the roof, the grey leather upholstery, “Abachi” wood ornaments and instrument cluster with a design inspired by Campbell’s boats. The Waterspeed limited edition is only about looks, because under the bonnet it’s powered by the same 6.75-liter V12 that produces 453-hp and 531 lb-ft (720 Nm) of torque.

As for the part that’s painful to most of us, the Rolls-Royce Phantom Drophead Coupe Waterspeed will cost £435,000 (around $730,000) and the British car manufacturer announced that only 35 units will be built. The first unit will soon be on display near the Como Lake in Italy, which is close to the Maggiore Lake, where Sir Campbell set the impressive speed record.

An interesting fact about Cambpell is that, despite all the speed records he had broken during his lifetime, what’s probably most impressive is that he’s one of the few people of his kind to die of natural causes in that era. It’s a known fact that, whether land, water or air, vehicles in those times weren’t the safest places to be, especially at speeds of more than 60-70 mph, but Campbell died in 1948 due to a series of strokes.

Source: Rolls-Royce

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