One-off Rolls-Royce Sweptail harks back to classic 1920s design

27 Mai, 2017, 15:22 | Author: Claudine Rigal
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But what if you can't settle for anything less than completely unique? Very deep pockets, to the extent that he probably needs a depth charge to find a pound for the trolley at Sainsbury's - this is the most extreme bespoke vehicle Rolls-Royce has ever created for a customer. Rolls-Royce agreed, and the Sweptail was born. The end product is the definition of automotive opulence and luxury - an enormous, two-seater coupe, created to cross continents in total comfort, with no consideration of the boring financial side of things. The vehicle, powered by the Phantom VII's 6.75-litre V12 engine, features several unique design features, including a system that deploys a bottle of champagne at the touch of a button. It's powered by Rolls" 6.6-litre V12 engine, producing an "adequate' 453bhp. But it's the sides and rear that have the most visual impact.

The Sweptail began life as a Rolls-Royce Phantom Coupé, the most brilliantly preposterous (and now discontinued) vehicle in the brand's lineup. The upright front contrasts with the flowing rear to give the Sweptail a gloriously dramatic look unlike any other Rolls-Royce. Those lucky/rich enough to take a trip in the Sweptail will bathe in loads of natural light - thanks to the enormous panoramic sunroof - and will sit in a cabin finished in swathes of "Moccasin and Dark Spice" leather upholstery, plus ebony and paldao wood veneers. The dashboard itself is remarkably minimalist, with few of the car's controls on display. The thinness of the veneer allows the numbers to be illuminated through the wood, letting the clock blend seamlessly into the rest of the dash.

Only two seats appear inside, with the rear bench making way for a hat shelf in a nod to Rolls-Royce GT cars from the 1920s and 30s. Let us know below.

Rolls-Royce has something called a bespoke department.

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Perhaps the most outlandish feature of Sweptail is concealed in the centre console: a mechanism that reveals a bottle of champagne along with two crystal flutes.

Since it's just a one-off, there's absolutely no chance you'll see this in the metal but it shows that Rolls-Royce can still create proper coachbuilt cars. It's a one-off built for a specific customer.

This is the Rolls-Royce "Sweptail" - a one-off, bespoke commission that the British marque has hinted could lead to more personalised creations in future. "You might say we cut the cloth for the suit of clothes that he will be judged by".

But it's the rear half where the most significant changes lie; the silhouette of the auto from the side slopes down to a point and the Sweptail comes with a rather hefty rear overhang - let's hope parking sensors are standard.

"The Sweptail will be on display at the Concorso d'Eleganza at Villa d" Este on the shores of Lake Como this weekend, before heading off to its new home with its (presumably very happy) owner.


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