During the 2016 Naples Winter Wine Auction the first ever Rolls-Royce Dawn convertible has been auctioned and the lucky owner left home with the keys after paying a cool $750, 000.
The bidder was a well-known Californian collector, Julian Movsesian and the American driver will have to wait for his ride to be delivered this April – which is right when the spring convertible driving season begins anyway. The vehicle hasn’t even been built actually – the factory will take care of that later this month – but we do know it will come packing an Andalusian exterior with a Deep Red roof. The cabin will be adorned with an Arctic White interior with contrasting Consort Red trim. Other nice amenities include unique “Build No.1 for Dawn in North America” sill plates and Santos Palisander Canadel wood trim that has been described by the ultra-luxury British automaker as a “handcrafted finish of open pore Indian Rosewood.”
The first Dawn convertible will feature no powertrain modifications and as such it will be packing under that long hood the biturbo 6.6-liter V12 engine sending out 563 horsepower and 575 pound-feet of torque. This is good for a 62 mph (100 km/h) sprint in 4.9 seconds before topping out at an electronically-imposed 155 mph (250 km/h). The model that hit the auction block had been initially valued at around $400,000 and all the proceeds will be going to charity – the Naples Children & Education Foundation.