When Rolls-Royce offers a model they say is “very special” you know it’s probably going to cost as much as your house. Hand built by craftspeople at the Rolls-Royce home in Goodwood, England, they call the very special Phantom Drophead Coupe highly “bespoke” or for a more common expression, “custom.”
The one of kind model was created for Masterpiece London 2011 an annual fair displaying the best of art and design from around the world. The Drophead Coupe features elegant details like teak decking, engraved tread plates and Spirit of Ecstasy with inscription that marks the centenary of the world’s most famous bonnet icon.
Priced at about $450,000 the Drophead Coupe comes with elegant accessories like a custom one-of-a-kind Asprey jewelry box, housed discretely in the glove compartment. Designed for rings, cufflinks and earrings, it presents stylish and secure storage for these essential valuables before drivers and their passengers sink back into sumptuous leather seats, set the roof down and head out of town.
The Masterpiece 2011 Drophead Coupé is also the first Rolls-Royce to be presented in Mazarine Blue, a bespoke finish that joins a palette of 44,000 shades already available to clients ordering Phantom models. This eye-catching color takes inspiration from the Mazarine Blue butterfly, a whimsical creature at home in continental Europe, which can still occasionally be seen wafting by in the South of England.
The luxurious natural-grain leather interior comes in Seashell with Navy Blue contrast for floor and door panels with embroidered R-R logos finished in headrests. With roof down, the car reveals its yacht-inspired teak decking, with mother-of-pearl inlays throughout cross-banded Santos Palissander wood veneers. White instrument dials, rotary controllers and clock finished in mother-of-pearl complete the design.
“We are delighted to present this outstanding Rolls-Royce at Masterpiece London 2011,” said Torsten Müller-Ötvös, CEO Rolls-Royce Motor Cars. “Craftsmanship and attention to detail shine through in features developed at Goodwood and in partnership with Asprey. It’s a model that demonstrates the breadth of our bespoke offering, where the only limit to what we can deliver is a client’s imagination.”
Not any old luggage will do with this special car, so this cars comes with a set of special made luggage nestled neatly in the picnic boot of the Masterpiece London 2011 Drophead Coupé. The leather used to craft this bespoke set of four cases is of the highest quality and employs a traditional approach in its creation.
Hides were carefully selected for the firmness and grain structure then tanned in pits, a slow artisanal way of producing hard-wearing yet supple leather – and a process that takes four months to complete. The navy blue leather has a distinctive and intense aroma of vegetable tannins that come from the mix of bark, wood and berries used to stabilize and pigment the hides.
Masterpiece London 2011 is held in the South Grounds of the Royal Hospital, Chelsea, and the Rolls-Royce car is available for preview through July 5th. For further details please visit www.masterpiecefair.com