LONDON -- Rolls-Royce will add a second model to its lineup: a convertible inspired by the 100 EX "experimental car," shown at the Geneva auto show in March.
The car, which will go on sale in 2007, will be a two-door, four-seat car. It will be built on the same aluminum spaceframe chassis as the current Phantom.
The convertible will be made at the Rolls-Royce factory at Goodwood, on the south coast of England.
The new car will be powered by the same 6.75-liter V-12 engine as the Phantom. The company decided not to use the giant 9.0-liter, V-16 engine that the 100 EX had.
The last Rolls-Royce convertible, called the Corniche, was made in Crewe, England, in 2002, before Volkswagen handed over ownership of the marque to BMW at the start of 2003.
It is unlikely BMW-owned Rolls-Royce will use the Corniche name. If the company chooses to go back to its history for a name, Rolls-Royce had quite a few cars, including convertibles, with the word "Silver." Those include Silver Wraith (first postwar), Silver Dawn, Silver Cloud, Silver Shadow, Silver Spirit and Silver Spur.
Designers of the convertible will be the same core team that designed the Phantom: Ian Cameron (overall), Marek Djordjevic (exterior) and Charles Coldham (interior).