The original Rolls-Royce Phantom rolled off production lines in 1925 as a replacement for the Rolls-Royce Silver Ghost. It was then produced in II and II model generations in the 1930s and all the way to a V generation in the 1960s. From 1968-1991, the Rolls-Royce Phantom VI generation had a long run. This Phantom was made by Mulliner Park Ward and featured hinged rear doors. Only 374 models were made, despite its long running-time. After 1991, the Phantom took a brief hiatus, only to return in its seventh generation in 2003. To the present day, this generation of Phantom sedans is still being created, though there has been a lifetime limit of 10,000 Phantom models set. In 2007, 3,000 had been sold all-together.
The Phantom is luxury UK auto brand Rolls-Royce's top-of-the line vehicle, and it's available in four unique forms for 2012: the base Phantom sedan, the Phantom Extended Wheelbase sedan, the Phantom Drophead (convertible) Coupe, and the base Phantom coupe. For this review, we'll focus on the 2012 Rolls-Royce Phantom Drophead Coupe. A convertible with a rich history, the Phantom Drophead Coupe is a less formal, more relaxed variant of the Phantom. Its design is reminiscent of a yacht, as it asks its drivers and passengers to take some time to feel the wind in their hair with the convertible top down. Of course, it's just as luxurious with the roof up, as well! The Phantom is inspired by 1930s J-class racing yachts (which were known for their use of natural materials and excellent performance) and is known for giving its driver excellent performance in a stylish setting.
Overall, the Phantom Drophead convertible coupe is quite remarkable, as it's unlike most vehicles on the auto market today. Take for example its iconic, old-world craftsmanship-inspired teak rear deck, for example. As far as features go, the convertible includes a Power Reserve percentage dials and sends power through its rear wheels due to its six-speed automatic transmission. It also boasts a 6.75-liter V12 engine that produces 453 horsepower and 531 lb.-ft. of torque, sprinting from zero-to-sixty in only 5.7 seconds, despite its hefty three-ton weight. This convertible coupe has a top speed of 149 mph and also boasts a luxurious interior filled with outstanding standard features and available customizations. If a driver can think of a feature, it can be easily added to his/her Phantom- for a fee, of course, though standard options, including twelve unique leather seat choices are certainly impressive.