Rolls-Royce Unveils Phantom Drophead Coupe Waterspeed

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Just 35 units of special edition model are slated for production.

Rolls-Royce has created a new special edition model inspired by Sir Malcom Campbell's water speed record set in September 1937. The new model showcases the bespoke options the carmaker has to offer. Rolls-Royce says just 35 examples will be built, each priced at £435,000. The special blue paint scheme is inspired by Campbell's Rolls-Royce-powered Bluebird K3 hydroplane that hit a new top speed record of 129.5 mph.

The blue effect continues to the car's engine and 11-spoke alloys, while the Phantom DHC's teak decking has been replaced by brushed steel. A Bluebird motif adorns the exterior and is embossed on the center armrest. Elsewhere inside, grey leather combines with Abachi wood, Bluebird-inspired graphics replaced the car's power dials, while the black leather steering wheel boasts blue accents. The Waterspeed edition utilizes the Drophead Coupe's 6.75-liter V12 rated at 453 hp and 531 lb-ft of torque. After debuting at the site of the original Bluebird motor company in London, the car will now head to the shores of Lake Como, Italy, where the world record attempt was made.

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