Rolls Royce Sweptail is an exclusive coupe, that the luxury car manufacturer has been creating for a customer since 2013.
The customer who commissioned the exclusive car wanted the vehicle’s swept tail rear end to echo classic 1920s and 1930s Rolls’.
It was the client’s desire to have a coach built two-seater coupe with a large panoramic glass roof.
The Rolls Royce connoisseur had very exacting standards and specifications for the unique vehicle.
Rolls Royce described the car in possibly the most flamboyant description a motor vehicle has been given.
“The grandeur, scale, flamboyance and drama of the 1925 Phantom I Round Door built by Jonckheere; the svelte tapering glasshouse, dramatic dash to axle proportion and upsweep of the rear departure angle of the 1934 Phantom II Streamline Saloon by Park Ward,
“The elegantly falling waist-rail, swept tail coachwork of the 1934 Gurney Nutting Phantom II Two Door Light Saloon, and the flowing roofline, rising departure angle, and again the swept tail coachwork of the 1934 Park Ward 20/25 Limousine Coupé were all considered by today’s Rolls-Royce designers in the creation of this very distinctive motor car.”
It took four years for Rolls-Royce to build the Sweptail, which is powered by a 6.75-litre V12 engine. The Sweptail shares its design cues with the Rolls-Royce Pantheon such as the front profile, wherein the center grille is made of brushed aluminum with mirror finish. One of the main characteristics of the luxury coupe is a large panoramic glass roof, one of the largest glass on any car and allows for more natural light, adding to the airy feel of the luxurious cabin. The Sweptail has soft creases on the sides, windscreen and the roofline that give it an aerodynamic appeal as it flows backward and tapers towards the rear mounted engine.
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“Sweptail is the automotive equivalent of Haute Couture,” comments Giles Taylor, Director of Design at Rolls-Royce Motor Cars.
“It is a Rolls-Royce designed and hand-tailored to fit a specific customer.
“This customer came to the House of Rolls-Royce with an idea, shared in the creative process where we advised him on his cloth, and then we tailored that cloth to him.
“You might say we cut the cloth for the suit of clothes that he will be judged by.”
The hand-built car, which took years to create, was officially unveiled at the Concorso d’Eleganza at Villa d’Este on the banks of Lake Como.
Rolls-Royce is a complete one of a kind collector’s item and marvelous piece of engineering with a price that reflects that.