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Sweptail Rolls-Royce one-off stuns Villa d’Este

Sweptail Rolls-Royce one-off stuns Villa d’Este

Sweptail Rolls-Royce one-off stuns Villa d’Este
May 31
12:02 2017


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If you want exclusivity — and we’re talking real exclusivity — you can go to Ferrari for something along the lines of Eric Clapton’s one-off, or you can go to Rolls-Royce. And for the right amount of money, Rolls will do a one-and-done luxury car like the Sweptail, introduced over the weekend at the Concorso d’Eleganza at Villa d’Este.

A well-heeled individual, whom Rolls has declined to name, came to the company with an idea for a two-seat Roller that channels the cars of the 1920s with a “swept-up” rear end.

“Such a Rolls-Royce would represent the truest meaning of luxury –- a personal, bespoke motor car like no other for each individual commissioning patron,” says the company.

The backstory starts in 2013 when Rolls was approached by a “connoisseur and collector of distinctive, one-off items including super-yachts and private aircraft.” The client met with Giles Taylor, director of design, and a plan was put in place.

The client wanted a panoramic glass roof, two seats and the swept rear. The inspiration came from a mix of sources, including the 1925 Phantom I Round Door by coachbuilder Jonckheere, the 1934 Phantom II Streamline Saloon by Park Ward, the 1934 Gurney Nutting Phantom II Two Door Light Saloon and the 1934 Limousine coupe.

“Our job was to guide, edit and finely hone the lines that would ultimately give our client this most perfect of Rolls-Royces,” says Taylor.






The interior is “regal but modern,” says Rolls. The greenhouse features Macassar Ebony and open-pore Paldao, both woods, along with moccasin and dark spice-colored leathers. In back, the Sweptail gets a wood shelf with an illuminated glass lip and a polished hat shelf that can be accessed from the rear hatch.

Don’t you dare put your hat on the midshelf, that’s what the hat shelf is for.

Finally, in the walls, behind the doors are two panniers (in this case, they’re custom-made laptop cases) that extend and present the owner’s device. The cases are made from carbon fiber, naturally, with machined aluminum and titanium clasps.

You better be pulling out something nicer than a basic Acer.

Jokes aside, this car is gorgeous, and the owner will never see another like it, which is kind of the point. We don’t have a price on this thing, either; we’re guessing in the millions, but that’s also the point. Maybe in 100 years or so, when this car is still pristine and goes up for sale, we’ll get a better estimate. We’ll get it on the record now: nine figures. Boom.









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