Rolls-Royce Sweptail

Haute Couture in car form

\\ Text Maria Amélia Pires
\\ Photography ©Rolls-Royce

As if a piece of haute couture, the Rolls-Royce Sweptail is the realisation of a wealthy customer’s dream, to own a one-off, bespoke Rolls-Royce. As a true connoisseur and enthusiast of the marque, this unnamed person – the only clue about which is that he must live in a country where they drive on the left, given the steering wheel’s position – chose the ‘fabric’, supplied the ‘measurements’, chose the ‘cut’ and the ‘finishes’, and four years and 11.5 million Euros later, his vehicle was ready.

The customer commissioned a two-seater coupé based on the Phantom VII Coupé, measuring more than six metres long, back in 2013. His intension was for the exterior design to be inspired by Rolls-Royces from the 1930s and 1940s, which explains the largest front grille ever, for a Rolls-Royce, in hand polished aluminium. The owner’s list of requirements also included a large V-shaped panoramic glass roof and references to the world of luxury yachts. The result was the Rolls-Royce Sweptail, the bodywork of which stands out for its fastback silhouette and for its continuous glazed surface, from the windscreen right to the end of the bodywork, which ends in a point above the boot.

As for the interior, it has just two seats, as per instructions, but in the rear there is a vast space in which references to the nautical world can be spotted, particularly in how the wood is treated. There is also a chilled compartment for a bottle of champagne and two crystal flutes. The exterior changes may be many, but under the bonnet nothing has changed when compared to the current Phantom VII, with the V12, 6.75-litre engine the same, joined by an eight-speed automatic gearbox.

The Sweptail was unveiled at the Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este, in Italy, and it was truly the focus of attention, as it is unique, as it is a work of art and because it is the world’s most expensive car.