Rolls-Royce has always been a brand for the uber rich and is known for its bespoke and limited edition luxurious cars. However, for one aficionado, the mere idea of a modern coach-built Rolls-Royce was not enough. Hence, he approached the British carmaker with a concept of developing a customised two-seat Rolls-Royce exclusively for him. After four years and $13 million, the one-off Sweptail rolled off in a tribute to the 1920s swept tail designs!
“Sweptail is the automotive equivalent of Haute Couture,” comments Giles Taylor, Director of Design at Rolls-Royce Motor Cars. “You might say we cut the cloth for the suit of clothes that he will be judged by.”
Built on the aluminium spaceframe architecture of the Phantom VII Coupe, the Sweptail is powered by the same 6.75L V12 engine. At first sight, you are instantly drawn to the solid character of the front profile, centered on the marque’s largest modern era grille.
The car’s charm is defined by the striking silhouette which flows from upright and formal frontal aspect into a svelte elegant form. 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. If viewed separately, there’s no way you can guess the rear and front belong to the same car, such is the contrast in design. This divergence is not to be confused for a mismatch as the concluding bullet-tip houses the centre brake light, and the sweeping lower bumper area of the motor car, to create a greater feeling of elegance in motion.
Another highlight of the motor car which was requested by the client is the uninterrupted glass roof, one of the largest for any brands. Framed by polished aluminium rails that channel it into a vanishing point at the rearmost extremity of the cabin, the size and scale of the glass roof again bring out the speed and elegance of the Sweptail.
Inside, the Sweptail replicates the clean and minimalist design of its exteriors. Plenty of polished Macassar Ebony and open-pore Paldao adorn the interior, creating visual and tactile contrasts for the owner, both classical and contemporary. The carmaker has also kept the dashboard controls to a minimum.
In place of rear seats, Rolls-Royce pays a homage to the vintage 20s and 30s with a vast expanse of wood creating a mid-shelf with an illuminated glass lip, and a hat shelf which flows to the outer limits of the interior volume.
Further, the car houses two identical panniers on each side that feature tailor-made carbon-fibre cases to store the owner’s laptop. These cases are paired with a luggage set that resides in the trunk of the car. The most exquisite feature of the Sweptail is the centre console to house a bottle of champagne along with two crystal flutes.
The one-off Sweptail allows the automaker to follow up with more bespoke and customized vehicles for their clients. “Our job was to guide, edit and finely hone the lines that would ultimately give our client this most perfect of Rolls-Royces,” comments Taylor.