Yacht-inspired Rolls-Royce Sweptail launched

Alain Brian
Mai 29, 2017

Commissioned by a mysterious and utterly fastidious one percenter for whom a regular Rolls just didn't cut the mustard, the vehicle is a one-off that brings back Rolls-Royce's glorious coach building past with an absolutely gorgeous fastback Roller which according to Rolls "has no visible boundaries to the surfaces".

It's called the Rolls Royce Sweptail - an innocuous enough name for an automotive landmark that's shrouded in mystery.

Commissioned by a Rolls Royce client - at considerable expense, no doubt - the Sweptail shows Rolls Royce returning to its coachbuilding days with a Phantom Coupe inspired by 1930s Rolls Royce's, and with styling cues from the world of luxury yachts. The end product is the definition of automotive opulence and luxury - an enormous, two-seater coupe, created to cross continents in total comfort, with no consideration of the boring financial side of things. While it may share a platform with the Phantom, every panel of bodywork is unique. Substantially expensive. You can easily say that this is probably the most expensive new vehicle in ages... ever'. Just above the engine is a registration number, 08 made from ingots of aluminium and hand polished.

"Sweptail" is a sight to behold from every angle - like a Rolls should be, really.

The panoramic glass roof illuminates a minimalist interior, "decked" out in materials as rich as you'd expect from the marque. The auto manufacturer has also added dark and light, Ebony and Paldao, in contrast with Moccasin and Dark Spice leathers on the seats, armrests and dashboard. The dashboard itself is remarkably minimalist, with few of the car's controls on display. The thinness of the veneer allows the numbers to be illuminated through the wood, letting the clock blend seamlessly into the rest of the dash.

Details are even more fastidious inside with the minimalist interior again modelled to reflect the world of yachting with the signature detail being the rear shelf in place of rear seats, finished in highly polished wood, underscored by a glass lip, and inlaid with polished luggage rails. Let us know below. How Rolls-Royce is that?

You can catch a look of the Rolls from the Villa d'Este in the video below, courtesy of YouTuber Effspot. It's a one-off built for a specific customer. This customer came to the House of Rolls-Royce with an idea, shared in the creative process where we advised him on his cloth, and then we tailored that cloth to him.

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