The British invasion of Pebble Beach continues, and this Waterspeed Collection Rolls-Royce looks like it could’ve sailed across the Pacific to Monterey all by itself. And that’s no coincidence because the bespoke Rolls-Royce Phantom Drophead Coupe was actually conceived to celebrate Sir Malcolm Campbell’s 1937 world water-speed record.
The record in question is rather odious but refers to a world-record speed of 126.33mph (202kph) set by Sir Campbell on Italy’s Lake Maggiore in a Bluebird K3 boat powered by a Rolls-Royce R-Engine. This broke the United States’ five-year stranglehold on the world water-speed record and reaffirmed the Rolls-Royce R-Engine’s superiority on land, in the air, and on water.
Rolls-Royce’s Bespoke Department will create 35 Waterspeed Collection Phantom Drophead Coupes, with brushed steel complementing the ‘Maggiore Blue’ exterior paint – applied in nine layers before being hand polished. On the inside you’ll find hand-crafted Abachi wood inlays which is both cool to the touch and has a satin-like tactility.
How much does this bespoke Waterspeed Collection Drophead Coupe cost? Well, much like Rolls-Royce’s claims that the power from the twin-turbo V12 is adequate; so is the pricing. And if you have to ask, you probably can’t afford it.