Yesterday we brought you a 1of1 special from the Koenigsegg stable. The $2M+ Naraya. Today it’s the turn of Rolls-Royce. Welcome everybody to the $13M Rolls Royce Sweptail -Unveiled to the world at a party last night at Villa d’Este on Lake Como, Italy. The price tag of £10 Million / $13 Million makes this coachbuilt roller the most expensive new car ever.
Work on this epic build started in 2013 with Sam (@mwvmnw) the new owner commissioning the build. The grand-tourer features a large panoramic glass roof and takes its name from the ‘swept-tail’ design of coach-built Rolls-Royces of the 1920s and ‘30s. It is also only a two seater despite its size.
A Spokesman for Rolls-Royce said: ‘In 2013, Rolls-Royce was approached by one of its most valued customers with a very particular request. A connoisseur and collector of distinctive, one-off items including super-yachts and private aircraft, this gentleman came to Rolls-Royce to realise his vision of a one-off luxury motor car like no other’.
Torsten Müller-Ötvös, CEO of Rolls-Royce Motor Cars said: ‘The Rolls Royce Sweptail is a truly magnificent 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’
Here is what you need to know about the £10M 1of1 Rolls Royce Sweptail:
The luxury coupe has been styled to reflect the flowing lines of elegant racing yachts, particularly the tapering ‘swept’ rear that forms a ‘bullet-tip’ housing the brake light. Rolls says the way the bodywork wraps under the car “with no visible boundary to the surfaces” is “akin to the hull of a yacht”.
The Rolls-Royce Pantheon grille is the largest of any modern era Rolls-Royce ad milled from solid aluminium before being painstakingly polished by hand to a mirror finish.
The 08 you see is actually the reg plate and is milled from ingots of aluminium and hand polished. Where is the car heading? Unknown but it is right-hand drive…
The uninterrupted panoramic glass roof is ‘one of the largest and most complex ever seen on any car according to rolls. It certainly is one of the largest.
We have not been treated to a forward facing shot of the interior yet but what is known is the clutter-free interior means a minimum of buttons and switches. Luxury materials include ‘generous quantities’ of polished Macassar Ebony and open-pore Paldao. Contrasting light Moccasin and Dark Spice leathers adorn the seats, armrests and dashboard top.
In place of rear seats is a vast expanse of wood creating a mid-shelf with an illuminated glass lip, and a highly-polished hat shelf inset with luggage rails. Behind the occupants is a feature named the Passarelle which flows from the rear edge of the windscreen in a rear-drop shape.
Concealed in the outboard walls on either side of the car, behind the opening of the coach doors, are two identical panniers. Each pannier, when activated, deploys forward to present the owner’s bespoke made attaché case which has been carefully packaged to exactly house a personal laptop.
Rolls-Royce said: ‘The cases themselves have been hand-constructed from lightweight carbon fibre, wrapped in the finest leather that matches the interior of “Sweptail” and detailed with machined aluminium and titanium clasps and locks’.
‘These attaché cases are twinned with the full set of luggage, also developed by Rolls-Royce Bespoke for “Sweptail”, which sits in the car’s wood-clad boot.’
It is a proper Grand Tourer then. Arguably the greatest. The famous effortless power that comes with the Rolls-Royce V12 engine will see that occupants get to their destination in not just style and comfort but also a timely manner. One final point before we ask is this one of the greatest cars ever?
The centre console houses a mechanism that serves up a bottle of the owner’s favourite champagne (and rotates it so it’s at the perfect angle to pick up) and two crystal champagnes flutes – A la James Bond.
So, Rolls Royce Sweptail – Greatest car ever? One thing is for sure. It is certainly the most expensive.