In creating the Phantom Drophead Coupe, Rolls Royce drew his inspiration from the classic J-Class in racing in the 1930s. They are the fastest yachts of their time, purebred vessels with a spectacular combination of adaptability and physical health.
Thanks to the use of noble materials, in their natural state, their beauty is exceptional. While maintaining their functionality and the styling elements of the yacht, they gave birth to the Drophead Coupe.
The use of wood and steel – stylistic elements are first seen on the 2004 100EX prototype – with a nautical theme.
The Phantom Drophead Coupe has a canvas top instead of a metal roof so coveted by the rest of the automotive industry. Ian Cameron, Rolls-Royce’s chief designer, says: “It was imperative to avoid a hard roof because it is an ambiguous proposal. Our customers do not own a reversible jacket, why would we build a convertible that would look like a coupé? What’s more, there’s nothing more romantic than sitting in a convertible with a canvas roof and listening to the sound of rain on the roof.
It was also important for the design to reflect the performance of the Phantom Drophead Coupe, which is why the front is more sleek and streamlined. A vehicle appreciated for its spontaneity and casual sound. This is what distinguishes the Phantom Drophead Coupe’s unmistakable style.