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First Customer Phantom Drophead Coupés leave Goodwood

First Customer Phantom Drophead Coupés leave Goodwood image

Text: / Photos: | posted July 22, 2007 00:00

The first customer Phantom Drophead Coupés have today left the company's head office and manufacturing plant at Goodwood. The five cars are destined for customers around the world.

Each car is hand-built to specific requirements and features individual wood veneer, leather and paint finish choices. The first five customers have also specified the optional steel bonnet and rear teak deck. The bonnet is machine brushed before being hand finished to ensure a uniform grain throughout. The deck is made up of separate solid teak slats, hand sanded and waxed to give a 'just cut' finish.

The Phantom Drophead Coupé is the first convertible to be offered by Rolls-Royce since 2002, the last being the Corniche. The Phantom Drophead Coupé uses 1300 new parts over those developed for the Phantom. Powertrain for the Drophead Coupé is supplied by a 6.75 liter naturally aspirated V12 engine giving brisk performance and a 0-60mph time of 5.7 seconds.

The two-door, four-seat convertible is a less formal interpretation of classic Rolls-Royce design than its four-door stable mate, the Phantom. Using the lightweight rigidity of an all-aluminum spaceframe, it marries modern technology to a sleek, streamlined convertible body. Hand-built using the finest quality materials to the exacting standards of Rolls-Royce, the new Phantom Drophead Coupé is attracting new and existing Rolls-Royce customers world-wide.

Ian Robertson, Chairman and Chief Executive of Rolls-Royce Motor Cars said, "The reaction to the Phantom Drophead Coupé from customers, the media and enthusiasts around the world has been phenomenal. We are delighted that the first cars are being delivered to customers and we are now in full production to meet demand. The passion and dedication that our workforce has shown in delivering this new model has been inspiring.