This new Rolls-Royce you’re looking at is not a series production Rolls-Royce. It’s a Rolls-Royce that’s custom made from the ground up for an ultra rich connoisseur who has $13 million (₱647 million in current exchange rates) lying around. The Rolls-Royce Sweptail is a Rolls-Royce Phantom Coupe based luxury car that has a unique design inspired from vintage Rolls-Royces.
While the platform of the car is nothing special, the exterior and interior design is. The Rolls-Royce Sweptail’s rear is inspired from the vintage Rolls-Royces that used to carry a tear drop, sloping roofline design. The roof tapers to the bottom of the rear, which has enabled the customer to request Rolls-Royce to create an interior that is inspired from luxury yachts. While the Phantom Coupe it is based on has two rear seats, the rear seats in this Rolls-Royce Sweptail has been removed, and in its place is a beautifully crafted luggage shelf with LED mood lighting. The interior, just like the exterior, is bespoke to the owner, and is finished in Macassar Ebony and Paldao wood as well as leather trim finished in Moccassin and Dark Spice.
Details of the owner specify that he is a collector of luxury yachts, so it’s no coincidence that all of his design requests are clearly inspired from luxury yachts.
Rolls-Royce describes the car in its press release in a way that us mere mortals have no way of understanding.
“The grandeur, scale, flamboyance and drama of the 1925 Phantom I Round Door built by Jonckheere; the svelte tapering glasshouse, dramatic dash to axle proportion and up-sweep of the rear departure angle of the 1934 Phantom II Streamline Saloon by Park Ward.
The elegantly falling waist-rail, swept tail coachwork of the 1934 Gurney Nutting Phantom II Two Door Light Saloon, and the flowing roofline, rising departure angle, and again the swept tail coachwork of the 1934 Park Ward 20/25 Limousine Coupé were all considered by today’s Rolls-Royce designers in the creation of this very distinctive motor car.”
Rolls-Royce chief executive Torsten Muller said “Sweptail is proof that Rolls-Royce is at the pinnacle of coachbuilding. We are listening carefully to our most special customers and assessing their interest in investing in similar, completely exclusive coachbuilt masterpieces. At the same time we are looking into the resources which will allow us to offer this unique service to these discerning patrons of luxury.”
All we know is, this car is ostentatious, lavish, unnecessary, and a clear definition of over the top, but it is also something that is ultimately meant to make you give your attention to it.
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