06.07.2007 — A Rolls-Royce Phantom Drophead Coup has been bought at a charity auction for 800,000 pounds ($1.6 million). The successful bid was made at the 9th Annual White Tie and Tiara Ball held to raise money for the Elton John AIDS Foundation. Overall the event raised in excess of 6 million pounds, with 3.1 million raised at the auction alone.
The Rolls-Royce was bought by a private buyer who will take delivery of his new car later in the summer. The event took place at the private residence of Sir Elton John and David Furnish.
Rolls-Royce unveiled the new Drophead Coup in January this year. The two-door, four-seat convertible is hand made at the company’s manufacturing plant at Goodwood, and combines the latest aluminium technology and engineering with the very best in hand craftsmanship. The result is a car that many have already hailed as the ultimate in convertible motoring. Rolls-Royce has now begun full production of the new car.
Rolls-Royce Motor Cars Chairman and CEO, Ian Robertson, said, "We were delighted that the Phantom Drophead Coupe raised such a significant amount on the night and that Rolls-Royce Motor Cars had the opportunity to support The Elton John AIDS Foundation in their continued fight against this global epidemic."
Press release via Rolls-Royce