Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este LIVE: Rolls-Royce Phantom Drophead Coupé Waterspeed Collection image

When it comes to Rolls Royce, the sky is the limit. This year, during the Concorso d’Eleganza at Villa d’Este, the British brand has unveiled a special model to celebrate a speed record.

It’s called Phantom Drophead Coupé Waterspeed – and celebrates Sir Malcolm Campbell’s speed record on water – 126.33mph in the famous Bluebird K3 boat powered by a Rolls-Royce R- Engine.

Rolls-Royce says it will build only 35 models – so this piece of art is going to be very limited. In general, the vehicle is a “basic” Phantom Drophead Coupé, but with a number of exclusively created Bespoke design and engineering features. The color scheme is called Maggiore Blue and you need to know that there are in total nine layers of paint. Also, for the first time, the exterior color is used to highlight some key elements of the engine (the 6.75-litre 12-cylinders that manages to produce 453 hp and 531 lb-ft of torque.)

rolls royce waterspeed concorso villa deste 2014 Front View

rolls royce waterspeed concorso villa deste 2014 back view

In addition there’s a hand-painted coachline that culminates in a Bluebird motif with the design taking Rolls-Royce’s master coachline painter four hours to apply by hand, according to the automaker.
Inside, the door armrests are laser-engraved – Abachi wood also makes its Rolls-Royce debut in Waterspeed.
There’s no need to discuss about the performance, but Rolls Royce says this unique model will accelerate to 100 km/h in under 6 seconds, just in case you want to know.


“This very special motor car serves to pay a perfect homage to my grandfather’s remarkable acts of British daring and endeavour,” said Donald Wales, grandson of Sir Malcolm Campbell.

Considering that in general a picture is worth a thousand words – our opinion is that in this case, a picture is worth at least 10,000 words – so enjoy the gallery and let us know what you think.