Rolls-Royce revived the iconic Phantom name in 2003, marking the seventh time in the company’s illustrious history that it graced their flagship offering. Upon debut, the all-new Phantom was offered only as a four-door saloon, with bold styling that was unmistakable as a Rolls-Royce, while simultaneously fresh and modern. The Phantom was the first Rolls developed from the ground-up under the guidance of parent company BMW and was the most technologically advanced Rolls-Royce to date. It required the skilled craftspeople at the new Goodwood assembly plant a minimum of 260 hours to build each car – compared to about 25 hours for the average mass-produced vehicle.
In 2007, Rolls-Royce introduced a follow-up to the saloon with the new two-door Phantom Drophead Coupe. The new four-passenger Drophead took inspiration from the striking 100EX concept car, featuring bold and dramatic styling, including its smoother front-end styling and distinctive rear-hinged doors. The fabric soft-top was a nod to tradition, with the practical function of affording a roomier boot than a bulky folding hardtop. Of course, Rolls-Royce ensured the Phantom Drophead had the performance to suit its presence. The turbocharged 6.8-litre V12 makes 454 horsepower and a veritable ocean of torque, moving the 5,776-pound Drophead along with startling efficiency. With a base price of over $400,000, it was produced in limited numbers from 2009 through the 2012 model year.
Finished in a striking combination of black over burgundy leather and equipped with desirable options, this 2009 Phantom Drophead Coupe is an outstanding example with just over 13,000 miles from new. It is offered with a clean Carfax report showing regular service in the previous owners’ hands. The black paintwork is exquisitely finished and consistent with this car’s exceptionally low mileage. Optional fittings include the brushed stainless-steel bonnet and A-pillar treatment, along with the teak “decking” along the convertible top boot and rear bulkhead area. It rides on 21-inch chrome-finish chrome wheels, shod with high-performance Goodyear NCT tires in excellent order.
The cabin is swathed in lovely merlot-colored leather with complementing wool carpeting. The leather is supple and in excellent condition front and rear, and gorgeous, extensive woodwork is superbly finished. Beautifully machined chrome switchgear and controls provide an old-world feel to modern technology, of which there’s no shortage – with equipment including built-in satellite navigation, high-end audio, reversing camera, heated seats, and much more. Virtually every moving function is power operated or assisted, including the rear-hinged doors, which close at the push of a button on the dash. The sale includes the factory tool kit, first aid kit, books, and built-in umbrellas.
Few modern automobiles make as bold a statement as the Phantom Drophead Coupe. This superb example has averaged fewer than a thousand miles per year and is beautifully presented, ready for its next caretaker to enjoy the most exquisite top-down motoring experience of the past decade.
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