Rolls-Royce is paying homage to the Bluebird K3 boat with a very special model. The Rolls-Royce Phantom Waterspeed Collection will feature just 35 examples of the drophead Phantom coupe that onlookers can drown in drool staring at, because they are both unparalleled and unattainable.
The Bluebird K3 was a Rolls-Royce powered speedboat that held the world waterspeed record during its time in the 1930s. The Bluebird took the record in 1937 with Sir Malcolm Campbell at the helm. It was an exhilarating time for Rolls-Royce as they powered over land, air and sea, some of which carries on today.
The Rolls-Royce Phantom Waterspeed Collection made a rather fitting official debut at the original Bluebird Motor Company, which is now the Bluebird Restaurant. As with most things Rolls-Royce, it was an elite and private event. The public introduction will take place next week at the 2014 Concorso d’Eleganza Villa D’Este.
Fun fact: The Bluebird K3 took the world waterspeed record on May 23rd, 1937 with a top speed of 126.33 miles per hour.
About the Rolls-Royce Waterspeed Collection
These 35 Rolls-Royce Phantom drophead coupes will boast an exclusive Maggiore Blue paint inspired by the Bluebird, of course. Other special touches to draw the car and speedboat together include brushed steel and Maggiore Blue accents both inside and out. Special symbols can be found to commemorate the speedboat inside of the glove compartment and on panels, door sills and armrests. The cabin is finished off with rich Abachi wood detailing and fine leather. Notice the special two-tone steering wheel, a first for the brand. While a two-toned Rolls-Royce automobile is common, the wheel is new.
Performance specifications for the Rolls-Royce Phantom remain the same. It is powered by the 6.75-liter V12 paired to an eight-speed automated gearbox producing 453 horsepower and plenty of luxury.