Boat-tail custom channels 1930s Rolls-Royces, yachts
Money can’t buy you everything, but if you have enough, it can buy you a one-off Rolls-Royce. Dubbed the “Sweptail,” after the swept-tail design popular on custom Rolls-Royces in the 1920s and 1930s, the ultra-bespoke two-seat car was commissioned by a very wealthy customer and introduced at the Concorso d’Eleganza at Villa d’Este near Rome, Italy, this past weekend.
Though we’ve seen what Rolls can do with the two-door body style in the Wraith, this one-off car is even more dramatic than the brand’s Ghost-based coupe. The Sweptail features a longer rear overhang and a boat-tail rear end with glass that tapers and slopes with the shape of the greenhouse. Rolls says the design channels many past coachbuilt cars, including the 1925 Phantom I Round Door by Jonckheere, 1934 Phantom II Streamline Saloon by Park Ward, 1934 Gurney Nutting Phantom II Two Door Light Saloon, and 1934 Park Ward 20/25 Limousine Coupe.
In front, the Sweptail features round headlamps instead of the rectangular units usually seen on standard Rolls-Royce cars. It also sports a grille milled out of solid aluminum and hand-polished to a mirror finish, and the entire front end is framed by brushed aluminum trim. Inside, the Sweptail gets a panoramic glass roof, polished Macassar Ebony and open-pore Paldao wood trim, and just two seats upholstered in Dark Spice leather. The cabin is meant to recall the look of racing yachts of the ‘20s and ‘30s. The bespoke car also features a chiller in the center console that deploys the customer’s favorite vintage champagne and two crystal champagne flutes at the push of a button.
Rolls-Royce didn’t reveal how much it cost to build the Sweptail, but being a one-off creation we can guess the answer starts with “if you have to ask…”
Check out more photos of this unique boat-tail Rolls below.