The Rolls Royce Sweptail is a complete one-off
Say hello to the Rolls Royce Sweptail – a bespoke one-off built for one of Rolls’ “most valued customers”. Inspired by the “swept-tail” Rolls Royces of the Twenties and Thirties, work began on the Sweptail in 2013, when an unnamed, exceptionally wealthy fellow asked Rolls to build him a “one-off luxury motor car like no other”. So it did. And it’s being shown at the Villa d’Este Concorso d’Eleganza this weekend.
The grille is the largest fitted to any modern-era Rolls Royce. It’s milled from a single piece of aluminium, before being hand-polished to a mirror shine. Further back you’ve the “swept-tail” that gives the car its name, while Rolls says the way the bodywork wraps under the car “with no visible boundary to the surfaces” is “akin to the hull of a yacht”. Meanwhile the “bullet-tip” centre brake light and lower bumper “combine to create a greater feeling of elegance in motion”.
08 is its number plate (Rolls has given no indication where this car will live, but it’s right-hand drive…). Like the grille, the two digits are milled from a block of aluminium and hand-polished. The “highlight” of the exterior though, says Rolls, is the panoramic glass roof. They claim it’s “one of the most complex ever seen on a motor car”. It’s certainly among the biggest.