• Jul 6, 2007
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Giving to charity is a good thing, no doubt, but what better incentive is there for budding philanthropists than dangling the keys to a brand new Rolls-Royce Phantom Drophead Coupe in front of their compassionate eyes? One guy took the bait and dropped £800,000, or a little over $1.6 million, at the 9th Annual White Tie and Tiara Ball's charity auction for a new Drophead Coupe. His cash will go to the Elton John AIDS Foundation, while the Drophead Coupe will arrive in exchange later this summer. A new RR Phantom Drophead Coupe costs "only" £260,000, but in comparison to what the undisclosed auction winner paid, that's beginning to sound like a bargain.

[Source: Newspress]


PRESS RELEASE:

Rolls-Royce bought at auction for £800,000

A Rolls-Royce Phantom Drophead Coupé has been bought at a charity auction for £800,000. 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, 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 Coupé 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."


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      • 7 Years Ago
      :-) Mine was a '72 Silver Shadow, which would have made an especially pretty pickup haha. Which model was yours?
        • 7 Years Ago
        This was thirty years ago and a 1969 Silver Shadow. What is it about the Silver that makes us see a good pickup in them? I didn't sell it for the money but to end the constant sniveling of cohorts.
      • 7 Years Ago
      "As a former Rolls-Royce owner "

      Then you won't like the idea I was going to make mine into a pickup truck. (I was stopped by a then, next owner of the car.)
      • 7 Years Ago
      If you got the money an put it towards a good cause like this, you deserve the best. The Rolls Royce will be one car that the buyer can be proud of. Here is a case where the owner is not flaunting his wealth.
        • 7 Years Ago
        "A fool and his money..."

        I don't agree. The price he paid for the car was for the AIDS society. The fact the car is not to your liking is not relevant. Donate more then him and I'm sure they'll come up with a non-BMW for you.
        • 7 Years Ago
        Yeah, but the fact that this is a car meant that this instance of donation WAS on Autoblog. I must say that I completely agree with Barney.
      • 7 Years Ago
      More like the Rolls-Royce Phantom DropJAW Coupe.
      • 7 Years Ago
      hey this is the best thing I've seen

      since the article of Bentley being badged as a Hyundai.
      • 7 Years Ago
      "This is AUTOblog, after all."

      True!
      • 7 Years Ago
      When you see a Phantom in person you will NEVER mistake it for a 300. You may mistake a 300 for a Phantom occasionally, but when you see one you KNOW it is something special. The car is GIGANTIC. My first thoughts when I saw one was, "Damn, that's a big ca... ahh the grill is blinding... omg a Phantom!" I personally think the Phantom is perfectly designed. It looks big bulky and strong. It's what a car for an aristocrat is supposed to look like.

      To even compare the interior of a Phantom(or the drophead coupe) to a RR is laughable. It takes like 17 cow hides to leather a Phantom. Perhaps the older classic RR designs do look better, but the Phantom looks much better than the RRs of the 80s and 90s.
        • 7 Years Ago
        Err, I meant compare the interior to a Phantom to a 300 is laughable.
      • 7 Years Ago
      The car still looks like the pre-BMW Rolls--meaning, it's bloated, ugly, and oversized. Time to follow Jaguar and go for an exterior change in direction.
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