Rolls-Royce’s Drophead Coupé is built from the chassis of the Phantom sedan, and although it’s about 10 inches shorter, it still stretches nearly 19 feet from stem to stern. A machine this grandiose should have a unique interior, and the Rolls does not disappoint—unlike its predecessors from not too long ago, the craftsmanship is as […]
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Break from the Routine. Judging from the way that the Drophead Coupé’s teak tonneau cover flips up, its trunk lid does a backward somersault, and the canvas roof folds like a card table, the topless iteration of the Rolls-Royce Phantom seems to take pleasure performing even the most routine tasks. Perhaps because of the methodical […]
Nearly a decade has passed since BMW paid £40 million (about $65 million) for the rights to the Rolls-Royce name, a silver hood ornament of a gossamer-clad lady (commonly referred to as Nellie in Her Nightie), and a radiator shell shaped like the west end of the Parthenon. “Plus 100 years of history,” remembers Ian […]
It was a majestic, if meandering, beginning, an elegant yet extended passage. But now, after four years of quietly penetrating our subconscious, the idea of a BMW-built Rolls-Royce Phantom seems to be catching on. Sales are solid, with almost 800 of the nearly $400,000 cars delivered worldwide in 2005. That figure, a 15-year high for […]