Haute Drive

The only car of its kind on the planet, the Rolls-Royce is in­com­pa­ra­ble in the truest sense of the word

MillionaireAsia India - - Contents - By Rad­hika Sikaria

– 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 specic 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 Ofcer, Rolls-Royce Mo­tor Cars said, “Sweptail is a truly magnicent 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 specic 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. Dignied. It’s not just a car, it’s a cel­e­bra­tion of grandeur and magnicence. How does any­one sur­pass some­thing like that?

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