Supposedly, at least according to our moms, patience is a virtue. Apparently, Stacks isn't much of a mama's boy. For the Miami resident, waiting for the Bentley Drophead Coupe to hit showrooms would have been a waste of timeâ€”so he made one.
Rather than further cram his garage, though, the newbie artist improvised. Pulling out nearly $200,000 from the bank, Stacks brought his Rolls to Mark Gerish's Genaddi Design crew for a most extreme makeover. The result: the world's first-ever drop-top Phantom, an automotive masterpiece already inspiring similar investments from Shaquille O'Neal and others. Says Gerish: "What person with this kind of money wants their passenger to duck their heads and climb in the back like they're some 16-year-old kid?â€ Point taken. Uncomfortable, crush-resistant backseats are quite the cock-block.
First, the client can either buy a Roller or commission Genaddi to go cop one (say goodbye to your first $300,000). Gerish and company then spend a few days joy-riding 100 miles' worth on your behalf. "We want to make sure the car doesn't have any preexisting conditions prior to cutting it,â€ Gerish says. "We want to see if it's got leaking issues or electronics issues.â€
The Phantom relocates to a build bench, an enormous vise that takes the mammoth motor air-bound. "The Phantom's all-aluminum construction means it only weighs as much as a Bentley GT,â€ informs Gerish. Then, the bulimic whip receives an Atkins-like deflation as the crew removes the entire interiorâ€”minus the dash.
Talk about a bad day. After severe weight loss, the Rolls is decapitated with a commercial Sawzall. Next, the Phantom's rear three-quarter panels and trunk are severed and cast aside. At this point, this once-bulky ride has become skeletal. "That's when you see just how well-built the Rolls is,â€ Gerish reveals. "I've got to tell you: It's as good as it gets.â€