Put in an order today for a brand new $335,000 Rolls-Royce Dawn convertible and maybe, if you’re really lucky, you could take delivery next summer.

   While the first U.S. cars get delivered to excited owners around April-time next year, dealers have been inundated with so many orders, there’s now at least a six-month backlog.

Rolls-Royce Dawn Convertible on auction at the 2016 Naples Winter Wine Festival

   But there’s a way not only to jump the line, but also to go to the very head of the ‘queue’ and be the first U.S. customer to take delivery of this, the sexiest Rolls-Royce ever designed.

   All you need to do is turn up at the Naples Winter Wine Festival at the Ritz-Carlton Golf Resort, Naples from January 29-31, and keep waving your auction paddle till the bidding stops, and the car will be yours.

   Rolls-Royce Motor Cars of North America has graciously agreed to supply car #1 to the auction winner, and build a special bespoke Naples Winter Wine Festival version painted in stunning Arctic White with a Deep Red cloth roof and a stunning Consort Red leather interior.

Naples Winter Wine Festival - Rolls-Royce Dawn Convertible - Rolls-Royce Motor Cars of North America

   The car, which is valued at more than $400,000, will also feature one-of-a-kind bespoke treadplates commemorating the premier delivery and the winning bid from the auction.

   How much will it go for? I’m guessing $1 million-plus, though that said, when a $400,000 Rolls Phantom Drophead Coupe was auctioned at the wine festival back in 2007, it sold for an impressive $2 million.

   And remember that this is for a great cause. The proceeds, as always, benefit the Naples Children & Education Foundation.

   I’ve been trying out for size the gorgeous new Rolls-Royce Dawn convertible and am salivating at the prospect of taking it for a spin in the Florida sunshine. So far I’ve only sat inside and dropped the top.

Bespoke Rolls-Royce Dawn Convertible on auction at the Naples Winter Wine Festival

   While I love the Phantom Drophead Coupe, it’s a whopper, not only in length but in height and width. Being based on the elegant Wraith two-door coupe, the new Dawn is over a foot shorter and considerably lower to the ground so should feel much more manageable on the road.

   With a Phantom DHC now stickering at close to $500,000, the Dawn at $165,000 less, is also considerably more attainable. And probably a lot more fun car to drive.

Rolls-Royce Dawn Convertible - Rolls-Royce Motor Cars of North America

   I’m sure owners are going to love the stretch-out space for four inside, the tight-fitting, multi-layer top that can be lowered in just 22 seconds and, of course, the turbine-smooth twin-turbo 6.6-liter V-12 under the hood.

   It’s already being called the sexiest Rolls-Royce ever designed and I could not agree more. It is truly gorgeous. And with a wave of a bidding baton, the very first one in the U.S. could be yours.

Rolls-Royce Dawn Convertible - Howard Walker

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