Rolls Royce reveal bespoke Waterspeed drophead

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Roll Royce has announced a new Waterspeed version of it’s Phantom Drophead Coupe as a tribute to Malcolm Campbell’s iconic Bluebird speedster.

Unveiled in London before jetting off to the shores of Lake Como in Italy the stunning bright blue uber-cabrio features a unique paint job with a hand-painted waterline as an homage to the famous craft.

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Never known to do things by half, the workers at Goodwood apply NINE layers of the shimmering paint to the Waterspeed before a powdered lacquer finishes the effect.

At the rear Phantom Drophead Coupé’s usually teak decking has been replaced by brushed steel.

That blue is continued everywhere, it’s applied to the engine, dashboard, steering wheel and 11-spoke alloys.

The dials are also designed to hark back to Bluebird, which Campbell powered to 126.33 mph  on Lake Maggiore in 1937, with green and yellow areas replicating those found on the boat.

More Campbell iconography can be found littered through the cabin as Rolls have redesigned his famous Bluebird logo and sprinkled it around, for those more curious, a list of his records can be found in the glovebox.

Just 35 Waterspeed Dropheads will be made, setting buyers back £435,000 for a piece of exclusivity.

 

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