Thursday, 6 July 2017

Rolls-Royce Sweptail

Words & photos - Daniel Bevis

The Rolls-Royce Phantom VII went out of production at the end of last year, so this custom one-off – the Sweptail – acts as a fitting epitaph. Built to special order for one fabulously wealthy customer, this Phantom Coupé-based cruiser deliberately looks like a luxury yacht at the tail end, has pop-out attaché-case holders and, yes, ‘08’ is its full registration number. Those little numbers, in the correct font and legal size for ANPR cameras, are machined from billet aluminium.
The owner worked closely with Rolls-Royce over a period of four years to ensure that every detail was just-so, from the mechanism that delivers a bottle of Champagne at the touch of a button, to the natty bullet-tip brake light; the panoramic glass roof is the largest and most complex ever fitted to a Rolls-Royce, and the hand-polished billet aluminium radiator grille is also the largest they've ever crafted. The interior features Macassar Ebony and Paldao wood, with Moccassin and Dark Spice leather trim on the seats, armrests and dashtop, while the rear seats have been junked in favour of a polished wood speedboat deck with an illuminated, glass-lipped shelf.
Everything about the Sweptail drips opulence and extravagant luxury; naturally Rolls-Royce won’t say how much the car cost, but have hinted that it’s the most expensive factory-built car ever made. So think somewhere in excess of £10,000,000…

Spotted at the 2017 Festival of Speed - more photos here.

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