6,749cc DOHC V12
Bosch Motronic MED7 Engine-Control Systems with Direct Fuel Injection
453bhp at 5,350rpm
6-Speed Automatic Transmission
4-Wheel Self-Leveling Independent Air Suspension
4-Wheel Ventilated Disc Brakes
*From a Deceased Estate
*Cost $500,000 when new
*Originally delivered to Naples, Florida
*38,000 original miles
*The pinnacle of wheeled luxury
THE ROLLS-ROYCE PHANTOM
In January 2007 at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit, Rolls-Royce introduced a convertible of its range-topping Phantom sedan, the Phantom Drophead Coupé. With a price tag of over $500,000, it was the company's most expensive model. The Drophead had clearly been influenced by the 100EX concept car of 2004, featuring rear-hinged doors and a front-end treatment similar to that of its experimental predecessor, plus a particularly striking interior boasting extensive yacht-inspired wood veneering.
THE MOTORCAR OFFERED
Travelling by motor yacht is nice, but when one must forgo the sea for the land, this black on black Phantom Drophead Coupé would no doubt provide a suitable alternative. Delivered new to Naples, Florida on June of 2008, this big convertible was certainly a fine 'land tender' to the owner's indubitably large ocean yacht. Remaining on the west coast of the Sunshine state for only a year, a trip across Alligator Alley brought the Drophead to its next owner in the Miami area in the fall of 2009.
With no winter of which to speak, the car was enjoyed with just over 36,000 miles travelling underfoot by the time the time the present owner acquired the Drophead in February of last year—by which time the car had moved to the West Coast of the US. Understood to have been well kept, it is noted that a service was performed by Classic Motor of Van Nuys, California in October of 2016 at a cost of nearly $9,000. Showing nicely today, it should be noted that there is a report of an accident having occurred in January 2012 on the otherwise clean CARFAX.
While it may have cost around half a million dollars to buy just a decade ago, today you can be assured the best parking lot the valet has to offer for a fraction of that. Grey Poupon, however, is not included.