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Rolls-Royce Phantom Drophead Waterspeed Commemorates 1937 Record

Motor Trend logo Motor Trend 2/8/2014 Edward A. Sanchez

The lifestyles of the one percent seem to be synonymous with aquatic pursuits and accessories of one sort or another, such as yachts, beachfront or lakefront homes, and speed boats. To commemorate a record set 75 years ago by a Rolls-Royce-powered speed boat, the company has shown a sketch of its upcoming Phantom Drophead Coupe Waterspeed collection.

The Waterspeed edition features materials evocative of vintage speedboats, including brushed steel, hand-crafted wood inlays, and a special Maggiore Blue color in commemoration of the 1937 water speed record of 129.5 mph set by Sir Malcolm Campbell on Lake Maggiore on the Swiss-Italian border. Campbell's boat was powered by a Rolls-Royce R-Type engine.

Although the Rolls-Royce Phantom Drophead is hardly as common as a Camry or even an S-Class, the Waterspeed model will be even more exclusive, with only 35 models planned for this series. Rolls-Royce plans other limited-edition "bespoke" series to be revealed in 2014 and beyond.

No word on pricing for the Phantom Drophead Waterspeed. But as the saying goes, if you have to ask the price, you can't afford it, as the "standard" Phantom Drophead retails for more than $470,000. Figure the Waterspeed easily cresting the half-million mark when pricing is finally announced.

Source: Rolls-Royce 2014 Rolls Royce Phantom Drophead Waterspeed© Provided by MotorTrend 2014 Rolls Royce Phantom Drophead Waterspeed

2014 Rolls Royce Phantom Drophead Waterspeed© Provided by MotorTrend 2014 Rolls Royce Phantom Drophead Waterspeed
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