In Pictures: Rolls-Royce bespoke Waterspeed arrives in the UAE
Just 3 of only 35 models produced globally are in the emirates
Three of only 35 Rolls-Royce Bespoke Waterspeed Phantom Drophead Coupés produced globally arrived to the UAE on November 4, 2014. The Collection was officially launched in May at the world-renowned Concorso D’Elegenza at Villa D’Este, on the shores of Lake Como, one of Italy’s famous lakes and directly adjacent to Lake Maggiore where Campbell famously established his legend. It celebrates Sir Malcolm Campbell’s seminal act. On September 1, 1937, he headed out onto Lake Maggiore on the Swiss-Italian frontier and set the world waterspeed record of 203.3 kph in a Rolls-Royce-powered Bluebird K3 hydroplane boat. The Phantom Drophead Coupé Waterspeed Collection features a number of personalised features and never used before materials on a Rolls-Royce. Its brushed steel complements an custom developed Maggiore Blue colour scheme. Hand-crafted wood inlays replicate a boat’s interior. Rolls-Royce says that it will take over 80 hours for a craftsman to manufacture and hand brush each car’s brushed steel deck. The coachline, complete with Bluebird motif, will take another four hours to hand-craft using a squirrel-hair brush. Torsten Müller-Ötvös, Chief Executive Officer, Rolls-Royce Motor Cars, said: “Sir Malcolm Campbell’s successful pursuit of world-speed records on land and water were the result of his commitment to the most exacting standards of British design and engineering excellence. “Such attributes are hallmarks of every Rolls-Royce motor car, ensuring the marque’s position at the pinnacle of super-luxury manufacturing,” added Müller-Ötvös Speaking of the Bespoke Waterspeed Collection and its arrival inthe UAE, Arno Husselmann, General Manager of Abu Dhabi Motors, said: “The Bespoke Waterspeed Phantom Drophead Coupé, an exceptional car with a unique heritage, has made waves amongst our distinguished clientele since we announced its pending arrival earlier this year. “The fact that three of just 35 Bespoke Phantom Drophead Coupés produced globally are now here in the UAE is not only reflective of the importance that Rolls-Royce Motor Cars places on this market but is also testament to the distinguished tastes of customers across the emirates,” added Mohammad Elarishy, Brand Manager of Rolls-Royce Motor Cars at AGMC. The three cars are now available at Abu Dhabi motors and AGMC, the official dealers of Rolls-Royce Motor Cars in the UAE, for $710,000 (AED 2.6m).