By Malcolm Tucker. On New Year's Day 2003, the first Phantom saloon produced by
Rolls-Royce Motor Cars Ltd at Goodwood was handed over to its proud owner.
Since that day, nearly four and a half years ago, the saloon and its extended
wheelbase sibling have established themselves at the pinnacle of automotive
design and luxury. The name Rolls-Royce might once again be qualified with the
sobriquet 'the best car in the world'. The Phantom saloon is designed around an
aluminium spaceframe that imparts great strength, torsional rigidity and
lightness to the car; it also has the ability to be easily adapted to other
dimensions and designs.
Rolls-Royce Motor Cars knew that they had to produce more
than one model to satisfy their existing and potential customers, and so,
following the worldwide approbation for the experimental car 100EX, a
production version was conceived, designed and manufactured; the Phantom
Drophead Coupé A two-door, four-seater soft-top convertible; the Drophead
Malcolm Tucker has had a lifelong interest in Rolls-Royce cars, having restored several to national concours winning condition. Joining the Rolls-Royce Enthusiasts' Club in 1963, he became the club's youngest chairman in 1989. Following which he launched Pinnacle magazine, 'The magazine for International Rolls-Royce and Bentley Owners' on behalf of the Sir Henry Royce Memorial Foundation. He has written five children's books on engineering subjects and edited seven others for Merlion Publishing, a division of Penguin Books. He has contributed to several motoring magazines and was a regular contributor for The Nob Hill Gazette, San Francisco, USA. The Goodwood Phantom Drophead Coupe is the third book he has written for Dalton Watson Fine Books, preceded by The Goodwood Phantom and Rust In Peace.