New High: Rolls-Royce Swep­tail

Car India - - BULLETIN -

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).

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