Sweptail is the result of a lucky and fortunate client’s project with Rolls Royce, and was unveiled at the 2017 Villa d’Este Concours d’Elegance.
When the sheer amount of possibilities and tailor-made options offered by Rolls Royce is not enough, you always have the possibility to order something perfectly unique: a one-off, custom built to your desires. Rolls Royce is without a doubt one of the pinnacles of luxury automotive. They build machines close to perfection with an attention to detail that is simply hard to match by other brands.
But sometimes, the client wants more. Just like mwvmnw, an owner who recently joined-up Instagram and is well-known for owning an insane collection of cars. Furthermore, he is also known for having commissioned not one but two F12 TRS, a Ferrari one-off special project. Hence the Rolls Royce sweptail is not something completely out-of-the-blue: it’s not the owner’s first time in the « unique models » world. I also believe it’s one of the first time Rolls Royce builds a full custom-made one-off project.
The Rolls Royce Sweptail was built as a tribute to the 1920s / 1930s Rolls Royce swep-tail (which gave the car its name). The general aesthetics of the car has been inspired by a bunch of Rolls Royce from that era as well as the nautic world. The owner wanted a « coachbuilt two-seater coupe featuring a large panoramic glass roof« , and I believe the final result is simply breathtaking. The english coachbuilder did a magnificent job.
You can clearly tell that the base of this one-off is a mix of Phantom & Wraith, especially when looking at the front, which features a distinct square-ish look. The main difference lies in the back of the beast, with this huge sliding rear that seems to go on indefinitely, with an incredibly huge full-length glass roof. The car is magnified when you look at it from the back. As stated before, the car is « merely » a two-seater, which means the back seats have been replaced by a wooden deck reminiscent of luxury yachting. Obviously, a one-off car by Rolls Royce has a price, and the sweptail is said to cost about £11 million, which is more or less $12,8 million! That’s a LOT of money to pay for exclusivity!
There are obviously a bunch of awesome bespoke details that would make Q very interested in the car. Like a button in the center console that, when pushed, deploys a bottle of champagne with glasses. A bit tacky in my opinion, but then again, not much different than what we see in today’s Maybachs. And the owner is already driving it! After the end of the concours, he took it and drove it to join the McLaren F1 25th anniversary tour in France!