The see-through Rolls that cost a record £10m

In­spired by a yacht, it’s thought to be most ex­pen­sive new ve­hi­cle ever built

Daily Mail - - Life - By James Sal­mon Trans­port Cor­re­spon­dent

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

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