Chassis No: SCA682D52AUX16498
Odometer: 10,954 Miles
Engine: 6.75 Litre V12 Naturally Aspirated DOHC 48-valve
Transmission: 6-Speed ZF Automatic Gearbox
Performance: 453 bhp @ 5,350 rpm / 531 lb-ft > 0-60 mph 5.7 sec / 149 mph (electronically governed)
Interior: Black Leather Hides with Piano Black Veneers
“The Phantom Drophead Coupé has been carefully crafted to be aesthetically pleasing, yet practical too. Wood, leather, chrome and brushed steel have been used where most appropriate. Form and function have equal billing. The simplicity of the design belies a car built to provide years of effortless service. It will offer owners an unparalleled convertible experience, combining compelling drivability with exceptional engineering, technology and design – hand crafted from the finest materials to an exceptional level of quality”.
Rolls-Royce Motor Cars unveiled its new Phantom Drophead Coupé at the Detroit Motor Show on Sunday, January 7 of 2007 with production starting at Goodwood in the summer of 2007.
The two-door, four-seat convertible is a less formal interpretation of classic Rolls-Royce design. Using the lightweight rigidity of an all-aluminum spaceframe, it marries modern technology to a sleek, streamlined convertible body.
Its exterior lines echo the timeless styling of the great Rolls-Royce cars: a long bonnet, large-diameter wheels, short front and long rear overhangs and the quintessential dynamic line descending along its flanks. Inside, the design emphasizes the airy openness of top-down motoring, embracing the elements and creating a stunning, social environment.
Rolls-Royce Motor Cars Chief Designer, Ian Cameron, said, “This car gave us the chance to think about the very nature of convertible motoring and in particular what it means to Rolls-Royce. Above all we were determined to make this car a joy to live with and engineered it to give years of effortless service to its owner.”
A number of features first seen on 100EX, the experimental convertible shown by Rolls-Royce in 2004, have been engineered into the new Phantom Drophead Coupé. Two of the most visually striking of these are the brushed steel bonnet and A-pillar and the teak decking for the rear hood cover. The brushed steel is machine finished to give a uniform grain before undergoing extensive hand polishing to achieve a perfect sheen.
Front opening coach doors have been homologated for the new car and add considerably to the ease of access to the rear seat, as well as to the overall aesthetics. Unique to Rolls-Royce, the doors dramatically transform the Phantom Drophead Coupé’s looks, giving a side profile reminiscent of classic sports cars of the ‘60s. Crucially, they also aid the overall stiffness of the body as the rear hinged doors allow for an uninterrupted A-pillar.
Luggage is housed within a picnic boot, a split tail compartment that opens in two parts giving easy access to the 315 litres of space. The lower tailgate provides a comfortable seating platform for two adults when lowered. Careful engineering of the folding soft-top roof means that it stows in a relatively small space resulting in a luggage compartment that remains unaffected regardless of whether the roof is up or down.
The fabric hood is the largest of any modern convertible car and its acoustic insulation is exemplary. Five layers of material ensure that the cabin remains a serene space, even at speed. Lined with cashmere it has been tailored to stow in a relatively small space.
At the core of the Phantom Drophead Coupé is an advanced aluminum chassis, perhaps the single most significant component in delivering the marques legendary refinement. Lightweight and exceptionally strong, it impacts positively on ride comfort, handling and safety. Hand made, it requires over 140 meters of welding in each chassis. Power is supplied by the same 6.75 litre naturally aspirated V12 engine found in the Phantom saloon, giving brisk performance and a 0-60mph time of 5.7 seconds.
In its first year on the market (2007), 253 Drophead Coupés were sold worldwide.
The first car destined for the U.S. market was auctioned at the 2007 Naples, Florida Winter Wine festival charity for $2 million, of which $1.6 million went to the Naples Children and Education Foundation. Bought by a local real estate developer, this was believed at the time to be the most expensive new car ever sold in the U.S.
Speedart Motorsports is showcasing one of the finest iterations of the Phantom VII series in a dramatic cabriolet fashion. This breathtaking Black specimen with brushed stainless steel bonnet was ordered new via the Rolls-Royce Motor Cars of Miami and rolled off the Goodwood assembly line on February of 2010.
The Drophead chassis no. 6498 was commissioned with all necessary extras at a whopping ticket of 474,030 USD excluding taxes and it was delivered to its designated dealer with 19 factory test miles.
This Rolls-Royce is well known to us and was purchased on April 2021 from its last custodian, a loyal brand enthusiast and long time client of Speedart Motorsports.
The Black enamel of the coach work presents to near new condition and free of any incidents with a non-derogatory Carfax report substantiating such claim. The interior is equally impeccable with the leather hides and Piano Black veneers unblemished, still retaining their original luster.
Although the motorcar was originally optioned with the 21 inch fully polished alloy wheels the owner decided to replace them at a great cost with the equal diameter OEM 9-spoke wheels in Silver Satin finish, opting to complement the brushed stainless bonnet. The original wheels were retained and included with the sale of the Drophead Coupé.
During its ownership the motorcar was never exposed to inclement weather and it was diligently maintained as per the factory suggested service intervals. The last service was performed by the Miami Rolls-Royce Authorized Center on January 10, 2021 with just 715 miles clocked ever since and a copy supplied upon request.
Speedart Motorsports welcomes all serious inquiries as we would like to extend an invitation to all interested parties in order to witness up-close and personal this timeless Spirit of Ecstasy. The sale of this motorcar is accompanied by all spare keys, copy of the window sticker with pertinent documentation, two branded umbrellas, stowed in the front fenders and front & rear Sisal floor mats along the aforementioned set of 7-spoke fully polished wheels.
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