January 31, 2007

First U.S. Rolls-Royce convertible auctioned for charity for US$2 million

Rolls Royce Phantom Drophead Coupe
Rolls Royce Phantom Drophead Coupe. Click image to enlarge

Goodwood, England – The first Rolls-Royce Phantom Drophead Coupe destined for the U.S. has been sold at a charity auction in Florida for US$2 million. The car was sold during the annual Naples Winter Wine Festival; more than US$1.6 million will go to the Naples Children and Education Foundation.

The car was bought by a resident of Naples, who will take delivery later this year. The winning bid is the single highest price paid for any lot in the auction’s seven-year history. It is also believed it makes the Phantom the most expensive new car ever sold in the U.S.

The event marks the third year that Rolls-Royce has worked with the Naples Winter Wine Festival to raise money for charity.

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