Rolls-Royce has unveiled one of its rarest creation till date at the 2017 Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este. Referred as the Rolls-Royce Sweptail, this one-off creation was built specially for a Rolls-Royce connoisseur.
When the Rolls-Royce 103EX Vision concept was showcased to the world, the company had predicted that in the next 20 years each customer would be able to buy his own completely personal luxury mobility which would be designed as per their wish.
But it seems that one particular customer couldn’t wait so long for a future bespoke coachbuilt Rolls-Royce. This individual approached the luxury car maker with his own idea of a two-seater coupe featuring a large panoramic glass roof which led to the creation of the one-of-a-kind Sweptail.
The Rolls-Royce Sweptail is inspired by the beautiful coachbuilt Rolls-Royces of the 1920s and 1930s as well as many classic and modern yachts. Over the course of a number of years, the customer and the design team worked together to realise the customer’s distinct vision.
The front of the Sweptail grabs attention with one of the largest grille fitted onto a modern era Rolls-Royce. It has been milled from a solid block of aluminium and hand polished for a mirror finished. The front fascia is further accentuated with a brushed aluminium perimeter.
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It is the side view where one finds the unique silhouette of the Sweptail. Starting from the front windscreen, the lines flow elegantly and the roofline with the panoramic glass roof drops to the rear of this regal looking coupe. While the front was all about giving a bold look to the luxury car, the rear design is smoother and has a classy look and add to the unique character of the motor car.
The rear tapers strongly in contrast to the front end, shaping a completely new perception of a dramatic Rolls-Royce coupe. The rear also displays the number 08, which is its identifier and registration number. These digits were milled from ingots of aluminium and hand-polished.
Inside, the Rolls-Royce Sweptail adorns a modern, minimalistic handcrafted interior. The vast side windows and the panoramic glass provide a spectacular outside view to the two occupants and also allow light inside to illuminate the cabin. There is generous use of polished Macassar Ebony and open-pore Paldao along with contrasting light Moccasin and Dark Spice leathers that grace the seats, armrests and dashboard top.
The beautifully polished hat shelf with luggage rails sits under the rear opening backlight and can be accessed from there. A feature named the Passarelle situated behind the occupants flows from the rear edge of the windscreen to resolve in a teardrop as it connects to the hat shelf to join all interior volumes.
The Sweptail also features one of the cleanest Rolls-Royce dashboards to date. It now only showcases a single control while the other switchgear has been discreetly relocated. The clock blends seamlessly with the dashboard and the face of it is handmade using the thinnest Macassar veneer, which is also a first in the world. The clock gets precision machined titanium hands. Titanium has been also used to create the three hand-assembled instrument dials.
The Rolls-Royce Sweptail has its share of secrets as well. There are two panniers which contain two handmade attaché cases which are deployed at the touch of a button. These are concealed behind the opening of the coach doors in the outboard walls on both sides of the luxury coupe.
Rolls-Royce Bespoke has also developed a full set of luggage matching the attaché cases. Inside the cabin, the entire centre console houses a one-off hand-built mechanism that deploys a bottle of the client’s favourite vintage champagne along with two crystal champagne flutes.
Rolls-Royce Sweptail Price:
The one-of-a-kind Sweptail could be the world’s most expensive new car ever sold with a reported price tag of almost $13 Million (that’s almost INR 84 Cr we are talking here).
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