There's nothing quite like it.
When a one-off holds the title for the world’s most expensive new car ever made, you know for sure all eyes are going to be on the special creation wherever it shows up. The two-seater Rolls-Royce Sweptail made an appearance last weekend at the Goodwood Festival of Speed to flaunt its unique bodywork while being driven at a relatively slow pace up the hill.
It took four years of work to turn a Phantom Coupe into this. Money was no object for the wealthy individual who got in touch with RR to build him the car of his dreams that no other person in the world could ever have. Gone are the rear seats as instead the owner wanted a wood mid-shelf with an illuminated glass lip, while a hat shelf together with luggage rails were added as well.
The Sweptail has what the British manufacturer describes as being the “cleanest Rolls-Royce dashboard to date” and the car comes with its own set of matching luggage. Bespoke, of course. The centre console incorporates a hand-built mechanism that deploys a bottle of vintage and two crystal champagne flutes.
And then there’s the exterior. Taking inspiration from Rolls’ coach-built creations from the 1920's and 1930's, the coupe was designed with influences from classic and modern yachts. It boasts a massive glass roof shaped like a teardrop that lets a lot of light invade the high-end cockpit.
Rolls-Royce has already admitted it might do other unique cars, but the customers will not be as involved in the development process as was the case with the Sweptail’s owner. The BMW-owned marque is also analyzing the prospects of building one-offs on its own without a client’s input.
The Sweptail was not the only Rolls at the festival as the Dawn Black Badge and Ghost Black Badge were also shown at Goodwood.