The see-through Rolls that cost a record £10m
Inspired by a yacht, it’s thought to be most expensive new vehicle ever built
WITH a £10million price tag, it claims to be the most expensive car ever made.
And this personalised RollsRoyce Sweptail certainly has a unique look as its design was inspired by luxury yachts.
The vehicle – commissioned by an unnamed super-rich client – was unveiled at an exclusive car show on the shores of Lake Como in Italy. Rolls said the Sweptail, the result of a four-year project, is the ‘automotive equivalent of haute couture’.
The grand tourer is a two-seater built in the romantic tradition and takes its name from the ‘swept-tail’ design of Rolls-Royces of the 1920s and 1930s. The tapered rear of the car is inspired by the sterns of rac- ing yachts. The bodywork wraps under the car with no visible boundary to the surfaces to resemble the hull of a yacht.
The glass roof, made from a single sheet, is believed to be one of the largest and most complex seen on a car. The interior uses polished Macassar ebony and paldao wood, with dark and light leather.
Behind the seats is a hat shelf and luggage area. There are also gadgets that would not seem out of place in a James Bond movie.
At the touch of a button, the owner is presented with a chilled bottle of vintage champagne – in this case from the year of his birth – and two crystal champagne flutes from a central console.
Two concealed exterior compartments house attache cases, made from lightweight carbon fibre wrapped in leather, to house the owner’s laptops.
The Sweptail is understood to be fitted with a 6.6-litre V12 engine and while Rolls- Royce hasn’t revealed its performance figures, it is likely to go from 0-60mph in under five seconds with a top speed of over 150mph.
Although the Sweptail is the most expensive new car, around 20 have fetched higher sums when sold second-hand at auction, the most valuable being a 1962 Ferrari 250 GTO that fetched £25million in 2014.
See-through roof: Complex design uses one sheet
Shipshape: Tapered rear is inspired by luxury yachts and bodywork wraps under the car to look like a hull
Famous grille: Milled from one piece of aluminium
Two-tone: Wood and leather interior uses ebony and paldao
Fizz: Champagne cooler beside seats