The only car of its kind on the planet, the Rolls-Royce is incomparable in the truest sense of the word
– The Rolls Royce Sweptail. Quite simply, the most expensive car, ever.
hey say all good things take time…”Rome wasn’t built in a day.” They also say that money cant buy happiness. Well, an unnamed “most valued customer” of the uber-luxurious Rolls-Royce certainly knows his way around buying happiness. Imagine walking upto Rolls-Royce with a very specic request- to build a one-off car and working directly with the British marque’s design department in assisting its creation. Sounds dreamy, doesn’t it? Not for the mystery man behind the “one-off luxury motor car like no other,” the Sweptail. Work began on the coach built car in 2013 and it was unveiled at Villa d’Este Concorso d’Eleganza 2017.
The Rolls-Royce Sweptail is a nod to the “swept-tail” designed vehicles built by the brand in Twenties and Thirties. The rst thing one notices, while still in complete awe of the bespoke car, is the strong character of the front pro le enhanced by the carmaker’s iconic Pantheon grille. It is the largest grille tted to any modern-era Rolls-Royce and
milled from a single piece of aluminium, before being handpolished to mirror shine. Justifying the name, is the rear half, with its “ultimate homage to the world of racing yachts that inspired the client.” The bodywork wraps under the car with no visible panel lines to the surface, much like hull of a luxury ship. The car looks as elegant as a swan in motion, thanks to the bullet-tip centre brake light and lower bumper.
According to Rolls-Royce, the large panoramic glass roof is one of the largest and most complex ever produced for a car. It sure offers an abundance of natural light. The slender silhouette of the Sweptail is de ned by the leading edge of the windscreen, accelerating roo ine and overshooting boot lid edge.
Although the car is about as long as an aircraft carrier, it is a comfortable two-seater. Proclaimed as the ‘cleanest dashboard to date,’ the cabin is nished in swathes of Moccasin and Dark Spice leather upholstery along with ebony paldao wood veneers. The interior of the Sweptail is simple and minimal giving the rider free space to comfortably drive the vehicle. A one-of-its-kind clock is
Proclaimed as the ‘cleanest dashboard to date,’ the cabin is nished in swathes of Moccasin and Dark Spice leather upholstery along with ebony and paldao wood veneers
also handmade and embedded into the fascia, with the hour marks, the numbers and hands on instrument dials, all machined from titanium. The Macassar veneer used is the thinnest ever, allowing light to shine through the spaces. The car drips opulence through its two panniers, one on both side, and concealed custom-made attaché cases twinned with the full set of luggage also developed by Rolls-Royce Bespoke for ‘Sweptail.’ Thanks to an ingenious mechanism in the centre console, owners can relish their favourite champagne for two, in crystal champagne utes. To make life much easier, the mechanism also rotates the bottle so its at the perfect angle to pick up.
As if that were not enough, the car also comes with a deck for hats. A most personal Rolls-Royce, incomparable to any other, the Sweptail exudes handcrafted quality and exacting attention to detail.
Although Rolls has given no indication where this car will live, or who the esteemed customer is, the number plate says ‘08’ and the car is a right-hand drive. Like the grille, the two digits are milled from a block of aluminium and hand-polished to a lustre.
At the launch of the car, Torsten Müller-Ötvös, Chief Executive Ofcer, Rolls-Royce Motor Cars said, “Sweptail is a truly magnicent car. It exudes the romance of travel for its own sake, and immediately places ‘Sweptail’ in the pantheon of the world’s great intercontinental tourers. Rolls-Royce’s history as the world’s leading coachbuilder is at the very core of its identity as the world’s leading luxury brand. The arrival of the 103EX shone a light on the future of Rolls-Royce in this eld, and ‘Sweptail’ is proof, today, that Rolls-Royce is at the pinnacle of coachbuilding. We are listening carefully to our most special customers and assessing their interest in investing in similar, completely exclusive coachbuilt masterpieces. At the same time we are looking into the resources which will allow us to offer this unique service to these discerning patrons of luxury.”
Giles Taylor, Director of Design at Rolls-Royce Motor Cars stated, “Sweptail is the automotive equivalent of Haute Couture. It is a Rolls-Royce designed and hand-tailored to t a specic customer. This customer came to the House of Rolls-Royce with an idea, shared in the creative process where we advised him on his cloth, and then we tailored that cloth to him. You might say we cut the cloth for the suit of clothes that he will be judged by.”
It took near about four years to nish work on the Sweptail. It is a car unfathomable and unbeatable. The Sweptail is the only car ever built that is tailor-made as per a client’s need, with great attention to detail. Stately. Grand. Splendid. Dignied. It’s not just a car, it’s a celebration of grandeur and magnicence. How does anyone surpass something like that?