Rolls-Royce Motor Cars just revealed a sketch of the ultra-exclusive Phantom Drophead Coupé from the Bespoke Waterspeed Collection. Only 35 units will be made and sold at the end of the year.
This limited edition model celebrates the record-setting performance of the Rolls-Royce's R-Type engine that was used on the Bluebird K3 hydroplane boat. Driven by Sir Malcolm Campbell on Lake Maggiore in 1937, it set the world waterspeed record at 126.32 mph before breaking it the next day by clocking in at 129.5 mph.
Campbell's momentous achievement captured the world's attention and reaffirmed the Rolls-Royce R-Type engines' record-breaking superiority after triumphs on land and in the air.
In true Rolls-Royce fashion, only the finest contemporary materials never used before on a Rolls-Royce furnish the Waterspeed Collection. Brushed steel perfectly complements an exclusively developed Maggiore Blue colour scheme whilst hand-crafted wood inlays evoke the sense of a boat effortlessly gliding through water at pace.
"Sir Malcolm Campbell's successful pursuit of world-speed records on land and water were the result of his commitment to the most exacting standards of British design and engineering excellence. Such attributes are hallmarks of every Rolls-Royce motor car, ensuring the marque's position at the pinnacle of super-luxury manufacturing. This special Collection, and those to follow in 2014, serve to display the breadth of Bespoke personalisation available to every Rolls-Royce customer. I very much look forward to revealing these remarkable cars over the coming months," said Torsten Müller-Ötvös, Chief Executive Officer, Rolls-Royce Motor Cars.
Complete details and specs of the Phantom Drophead CoupeBespoke Waterspeed Collection will be revealed over the coming months along with the process taken to develop this commemorative piece.
"I am delighted that Rolls-Royce Motor Cars has chosen our grandfather's iconic Bluebird Waterspeed boats as inspiration for this special Collection. I am certain Sir Malcolm would be extremely flattered to see his name still closely associated with such a prestigious brand 75 years after his last world Waterspeed Record. I know that I speak for our whole family and the Malcolm Campbell Heritage Trust when I say that it is a great honour and we look forward to seeing the first car off the production line," said Donald Wales, grandson of Sir Malcolm Campbell.