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Those spotlights shining brightly Monday night outside Cabo Flats in Jupiter were aimed at the newest member of the Rolls Royce family of automobiles, the Dawn. BMW was throwing a party to show off the new, gleaming white convertible in all its hand-made glory.
Invited guests enjoyed fine Cabo appetizers -- such as empanadas, Mexican street corn and seafood ceviche -- before getting up close and personal with the Dawn, the fourth and some would say the sexiest Rolls to date.
Pamela Scheel, Rolls Royce marketing specialist, was on hand to provide more details. "The three leading markets for Rolls are California, New York and Florida," Ms. Scheel said. Braman Motorcars has a Rolls dealership in West Palm.
To say each car is hand-crafted to exacting detail at the Goodwood, England plant is an understatement. For example, Ms. Scheel said the wood used for each vehicle (they only produce 5,000 a year) is cataloged and retained in a controlled environment, should an owner ever need to replace the original. Entry to the room is only in a hazmat suit.
The Dawn's 600 horsepower will get you anywhere you want to go in ultimate luxury. And they have thought of everything. The driver side door boasts a button that when pressed releases an umbrella, housed in a special drainage unit to prevent mildew. James Bond, eat your heart out.
And what does all that luxury costs? The final price is yet to be determined, but expect it to range into the high 300s, as in thousands. Even so, the 2016 model year is already sold out, and 2017 is filling up fast.
Which remind me: Did I buy my lottery ticket this week?
More about Rolls-Royce at the Braman website.
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