There is something breathtaking about driving an open-top Rolls-Royce that heightens the senses and makes you feel connected to the world around you. While still luxuriously cradled inside the cabin, you are taken closer to the beauty of the natural world.
Imagine you’re travelling along a road cut into a cliff in an open-top Rolls-Royce, the wild ocean breaking on the shore below you. It’s early morning and the roof is down. The sights, sounds and smells take you closer to nature. The hairs stand up on your arm.
There’s nowhere better from which to enjoy such stunning natural beauty. With the roof lowered, you feel more connected to your environment. You can hear it in the air, feel it on the wind and smell its flora. It’s an invigorating sensation.
Rolls-Royce Motor Cars has enjoyed a long love affair with the open-top, from the classic Corniche and Silver Cloud convertibles of the 1960s and 1970s to Phantom Drophead Coupé and today’s Dawn. Generations of drivers have experienced the romance and exhilaration of open-air driving.
The earliest motor cars often had no roof at all. The first ever Rolls-Royce, 1904’s 10hp, had no roof. 1905’s 15hp had a retractable canvas roof. Since then the marque has always combined supreme luxury with an ability to connect with nature on the road.
Into the 1960s Rolls-Royce produced convertible versions of cars like the Silver Wraith and the Silver Shadow. Each thrilled drivers with their intoxicating mix of ultimate comfort and an intensified driving experience.
That combination of uncompromised luxury and exhilarating motoring remains in today’s open-top models. The cabin is designed to protect passengers from the wind, while leaving them free to enjoy a heightened sensory experience.
Driving through South Africa shows two sides of Dawn. With the roof up it is gracefully athletic. The self-adjusting suspension, so sensitive to imperfections on the road, makes every surface feel as smooth as glass. The impossibly quiet roof mechanism has been dubbed ‘the silent ballet’ by its creators.
Roof down it is a social creature – a place to share the sun-drenched bustle of towns and cities. Driving in modern metropolises takes you inside the living culture, able to share every nuance with your driving companions.
Even with the roof down, you’re cocooned in the sunken cabin by unparalleled luxury - sumptuous leather and beautiful wood another link to nature. Out in the African Savannah you develop a heightened awareness of the changing landscape, weather and times of day. Sounds are clearer, sights feel nearer. Closer to the elements, you are freer.
Travelling in an open-top Rolls-Royce brings a unique intimacy with nature – one that creates indelible memories with every new journey.
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