Rolls-Royce convertibles have always been the choice of high rollers, but when the first Phantom drop-top was auctioned, it sold for four times its list price. Like the Corniche convertible before it, this is one of the world’s most expensive and desirable rag-tops. Despite weighing nearly three tons, it can whisper to 60 mph (96 km/h) in 5.7 seconds thanks to an all-alloy construction and a 435 bhp V12 engine.
In fact the sheer speed and fingertip agility of the Phantom are what make it totally unique. Handmade in the RR factory in Goodwood, and available in 44,000 different colors, it’s a gorgeous mix of art deco and techno modern. Several examples were used in the 2012 London Olympics closing ceremony. No car is more British than the Phantom and no convertible is more rock ’n’ roll.
The rear tonneau cover is made from wood and echoes the nautical wood colors used in Italian Riva car launches of the ’50s and ’60s. The interior also has acres of timber, available in hundreds of different colors and finishes.
Center badges on wheels are self-leveling and always stay upright.
Cabin is full of leather, chrome, alloy, wood, and crystal.
No exterior panels are shared with Phantom hardtop.
Hand-polished alloy screen surround takes three days to make.
Hood is made from stainless steel with a matte finish.
Spirit of Ecstasy falls and rises automatically when the car is locked or unlocked.
When BMW bought Rolls Royce, many experts believed the brand was beyond saving. The German firm’s reinvention of RR has made it the most powerful and desirable it has ever been, attracting a much more fashionable and younger customer.
S P E C I F I C A T I O N S
MODEL Rolls Royce Phantom Drophead (2007)
BODY STYLE Two-door, four-seater convertible.
ENGINE 6,749cc V12.
POWER OUTPUT 435 bhp.
TRANSMISSION Six-speed automatic.
SUSPENSION Self-leveling air suspension.
BRAKES Four-wheel discs.
MAXIMUM SPEED 145 mph (233 km/h) (limited)
0–60 MPH (0–96 KM/H) 5.7 sec
0–100 MPH (0–161 KM/H) 14 sec
A.F.C. 15 mpg (6.4 km/l)