Two fitting locations were selected for the UK and European debuts of the bespoke collection from Rolls-Royce Motor Cars. The Rolls-Royce Phantom Drophead Coupé Waterspeed Collection was previewed at an exclusive event for select audience on the site of the original Bluebird Motor Company, now the Bluebird Restaurant on King’s Road, West London.
Bluebird Motor Company’s building was commissioned in 1923 to be Europe’s largest garage, built in the era’s characteristic Art Deco style, a style which is preserved today. The car then headed to the world-renowned Concorso D’Elegenza at Villa D’Este, on the shores of one of Italy’s world-famous water bodies, Lake Como, where it was unveiled to the public for the first time. It was on the adjacent Lake Maggiore on September 1, 1937 that Campbell established his legend, setting a world-record speed of 126.33 mph in the famous Bluebird K3 boat powered by a Rolls-Royce R Engine.
The Rolls-Royce Phantom Drophead Coupé Waterspeed Collection features a number of exclusively created bespoke design and engineering features, perfectly executed to create a thoroughly contemporary tribute to Campbell’s famous craft.
“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. “The extraordinary attention to detail and commitment to engineering excellence so evident in these motor cars perfectly echoes the lengths my grandfather and his colleagues went to in their pursuit of the water-speed records.”
The car is finished in a specially developed Maggiore Blue livery inspired by Bluebird’s famous colour scheme. Nine layers of paint are applied before an exhaustive process of hand-sanding, and the application of cutting-edge powdered lacquer ensures impeccable finish.
For the first time in Rolls-Royce history, the exterior finish extends to the engine, creating a visually striking homage to the power behind Campbell’s records. The finish also adorns the car’s specially developed, fully-polished, 11-spoke wheels for the first time, providing a subtle decorative accent.
..... Rolls-Royce Press