MAY 13th 2014

Bluebird‑inspired Phantom on the menu at the Bluebird Cafe

Our friends at Rolls-Royce are up in town today, proudly unveiling the fabulous Phantom Drophead Coupe Waterspeed Collection car to ‘select individuals’ at the Bluebird Restaurant on the King’s Road.

The lustrous Phantom is painted in Maggiore Blue, a colour that takes after the famous Bluebird K3 power boat in which Duncan Campbell set his 126.33mph speed record in 1937 – a feat which inspired Rolls to create the Waterspeed Collection model in the first place.

Interestingly, the blue exterior paint extends to the engine bay, which Rolls says is a first for the marque. Maggiore blue also appears on the road wheels, and in various interior accents.

Other special details include Bluebird-inspired engravings on the door armrests, and Abachi wood trim with grain bookmatched at an angle to echo the wake left by a boat moving at speed.

There’s a Bluebird motif in the coachline too, each one taking four hours to apply by hand, we’re told.

Following its private introduction in London today, the car is heading off to Ville d’Este for what Rolls-Royce describes as its ‘public’ debut at the super-exclusive Concorso d’Eleganza. As an advertisement for the work of the Rolls-Royce Bespoke Department, it’s pretty stunning – we can’t wait to see that gorgeous paintwork shining under the Italian sun.

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