The Rolls Royce Sweptail is a one-off vehicle specially produced for a customer and it has been hinted that this may lead to more personalised creations in the future. The highly bespoke car has been built on the aluminium spaceframe structure of the Phantom VII Coupe. After completion it was officially revealed at the Concorso d’Eleganza historic car show, held at Villa d’Esta on Lake Como in Italy. Sweptail has kept the Phantom’s 6.75 Litre V12 engine however has inherited some special features such as a system that deploys a bottle of champagne and two crystal flutes at the touch of a button! With the name ‘Sweptail’ referring back to the manufacturers swep-tail design of the 1930s it is clear that Rolls-Royce have delved deep into their heritage to produce this style of automobile stunning masterpiece (alongside the visions of their existing, un named customer). The new owner worked directly with the companies design department, led by Giles Taylor and is described as a “connoisseur and collector of distinctive one-off items including super-yachts and private aircraft”. The exterior styling was crafted in relation to both vintage Rolls-Royce and luxury yachts. Speculation has it that the car has a worth of £10 million, with Chief Executive Officer Torsten Muller-Otvos saying "We costed every single process with him up front, so he knew what every single decision would be and what the price would be. It was a very fair gentlemen's agreement, so he knew what would happen. There was no fixed price. There was a dream, not a fixed price. The dream came true - and that costs a bit of money."
Now onto the design. The front features the traditional Rolls-Royce front grille, however it is the largest version of this constructed to date. A solid aluminum piece is polished by hand to a mirror finish. The rear of the car is tapered with a raked stern which is intended to relate to that of a racing yacht. The side is designed to wrap underneath the car producing no visible boundary lines – thus mimicking the hull of a yacht.
Photography by Henry Wood (@HenryJMW)