Some things just naturally complement each other, such as muscle cars and V-8s, pepperoni and pizza, and the ultra-rich and exotic boats. Rolls-Royce is commemorating a major milestone in that last category with the new Phantom Drophead Coupe Waterspeed edition. The special-edition convertible commemorates a water speed record set 75 years ago in a boat powered by a Rolls-Royce engine.
The Waterspeed edition features materials evocative of vintage speedboats, including brushed steel, hand-crafted wood inlays, and a special Maggiore Blue color in commemoration of the 1937 water speed record of 129.5 mph set by Sir Malcolm Campbell on Lake Maggiore on the Swiss-Italian border. Campbell's boat was powered by a Rolls-Royce R-Type engine.
Although the Rolls-Royce Phantom Drophead is hardly as common as a Camry or even an S-Class, the Waterspeed model will be even more exclusive, with only 35 models planned for this series. Rolls-Royce plans other limited-edition "bespoke" series to be revealed in 2014 and beyond.
No word on pricing for the Phantom Drophead Waterspeed. But as the saying goes, if you have to ask the price, you can't afford it, as the "standard" Phantom Drophead retails for more than $470,000. Figure the Waterspeed easily cresting the half-million mark when pricing is finally announced.