New High: Rolls-Royce Sweptail
ROLLS-ROYCE MOTOR CARS UNVEILED AN absolute stunner of a customised two-seater coupé at the 2017 Concorso d’Eleganza at Villa d’Este, called the Sweptail. The project was commissioned when an old customer of the marque envisioned a two-seat Rolls he wanted, and approached the company back in 2013 for a one-off luxury car like no other.
He was inspired by many of his favourites from the marque’s golden era of the early 20th century, as well as many classic and modern yachts. These include the grand, flamboyant 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. All these were considered by today’s Rolls-Royce designers in the creation of this one-off example.
Design-wise, the Sweptail resembles the Phantom from the front. The huge grille is milled from solid aluminium, and polished by hand for the mirror finish. Inside, this luxury yacht-inspired car is polished Macassar Ebony and open-pore Paldao trim. Among the most prominent highlights are veneer-crafted face embedded with the clock and the vast full-length panoramic glass roof.
The name ‘Sweptail’ refers to the swept-tail design of 1930s RollsRoyce Motors. It is built on the aluminium space frame architecture of the Phantom VII Coupé and is powered by the same 6.75-litre V12 engine. The Sweptail carries a price tag of US$ 12.8 million (Rs 83 crore).