Feast your eyes on the Rolls Royce Sweptail – a bespoke one-off coupe built for one of Rolls Royce’s “most valued customers.” It quite literally doesn’t get any better than this! Drawing inspiration form the “swept-tail” Rolls Royces of the 20s and 30s, the luxury automaker began working on this unique motor car in 2013 when an unnamed, exceptionally wealthy person commissioned Rolls to build him a “one-off luxury motor car like no other.” Believed to cost upwards of $12 million dollars, this ultra-rare Rolls-Royce Sweptail could very well be the most expensive new car ever made.
The customer, described by Rolls Royce as a “connoisseur and collector of distinctive, one-off items including super-yachts and private aircraft” asked for an exclusive two-door Rolls with an eloquent glass roof to match its distinct profile. The British marque took four year to build it and showcased the one-off at the Villa d’Este Concorso d’Eleganza last weekend.
The front grille of the unique motor car is also unique by itself and is the largest fitted to any modern-era Rolls Royce giving it a distinct look. It’s milled from a single piece of aluminum and hand-polished to give it a mirror shine. On the rear end is the “swept-tail” that gives the car its name. The coup de gras of the rear is the ultimate homage to the world of racing yachts that inspired the client, with its raked stern. The back seat is replaced with a wood mid-shelf that features an illuminated glass lip. Further back is the wood hat shelf, polished and inset with luggage rails and surrounded by a large teardrop-shaped glass roof that contributes to a very bright, airy cockpit.
On the inside, the cabin is predictably wrapped in opulence. Rolls claims the car’s dash is the cleanest to date, with a clock made from the thinnest Macassar veneer and machined titanium hands. The center console also houses a mechanism that serves up a bottle of champagne and two crystal champagnes flutes. The Sweptail comes with its own set of luggage. Rolls Royce chose not to divulge the mechanical details and performance numbers, neither did it say to which part of the world it’s heading to. The right hand drive orientation of the one-off can at least let us narrow down our speculation.