With the supremely grand Phantom and deliciously engaging Wraith, Rolls-Royce already makes the two very greatest and most special super-luxury cars on the planet.

The Dawn, although brilliant as a silver-tongued, formidably comfortable, wonderfully aristocratic boulevardier, somehow still only satisfies your expectations.

A cultured boulevardier but not quite another Rolls-Royce game-changer

A Phantom Drophead Coupé is all of those things, after all – and the opportunity here was to approach the convertible Rolls concept a little differently.

But the driver appeal of the smaller Wraith fails to materialise – as does any static or dynamic character trait that shows, beyond a doubt, what the Dawn uniquely offers.

Unique or not, the car’s silken refinement, debonair sense of deportment and traffic-stopping roof-down presence can’t be matched by any other maker of convertibles, and so its £264,000 price is – believe it or not – perfectly justifiable for anyone looking for such qualities above all else.

As a result the Dawn isn’t quite good enough to pip the Aston Martin Vanquish Volante to top spot, but does enough to keep the Bentley Continental GTC Speed, Mercedes-AMG S 65 Cabriolet and Ferrari California T at bay.

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