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One-off Rolls-Royce ‘Sweptail’ is ‘automotive equivalent of Haute Couture’

The bespoke motor car, commissioned by a Rolls-Royce connoisseur, was inspired by the marque’s classic coachbuilt cars of the 1920s and 1930s, and luxury yachts

Rolls-Royce has created a one-off, two-seater coachbuilt car that is the ultimate in luxury motors.

The bespoke vehicle was commissioned in 2013 by one of the British luxury carmaker’s “most valued customers”, to add to his collection of luxury cars, super yachts and private aircraft. 'Swiftail' was revealed at the Concorso d’Eleganza at Villa d’Este, Italy, on Saturday 27 May 2017.

Christened ‘Sweptail’ in a nod to the swept-tail of certain Rolls-Royces from the 1920s, the exclusive motor car was inspired by the grandeur of the 1925 Phantom I Round Door built by Jonckheere; the up-sweep of the rear departure angle of the 1934 Phantom II Streamline Saloon Park Ward; the elegance of the 1934 Gurney Nutting Phantom II Two-Door Light saloon and the flowing roofline of the 1934 Park Ward 20/25 Limousine Coupe – as well as the client’s love of racing yachts.

“Sweptail is the automotive equivalent of Haute Couture,” says 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.”

One of the most striking features of ‘Sweptail’ is the panoramic glass roof, as requested by the client, and is one the largest and most complex ever seen on a motor car of any marque. Flooding the cabin with natural light, it reveals the regal yet modern interior for which no expense has been spared. Housing just two seats, this sizeable vehicle exudes the romantic notion of travel for its own sake.

Inside, the car features ‘generous quantities of Macassar Ebony and open-pore Paldao’ that is ‘set off by contrasting light Moccasin and Dark Spice leathers, armrests and dashboard top’. The luxury one-of-a-kind cabin also features a wooden mid-shelf and hat shelf with luggage rails, true to the spirit of the transcontinental GT that Rolls-Royce established in the 20s and 30s.

“Sweptail is a truly magnificent car. It exudes the romance of travel for its own sake, and immediately places ‘Sweptail’ in the pantheon of the world’s great intercontinental tourers,” says Torsten Müller-Ötvös, Chief Executive Officer, Rolls-Royce Motor Cars. “Rolls-Royce’s history as the world’s leading coachbuilder is at the very core of its identity as the world’s leading luxury brand.

The arrival of 103EX shone a light on the future of Rolls-Royce in this field, and ‘Sweptail’ is proof, today, that Rolls-Royce is at the pinnacle of coachbuilding. We are listening carefully to our most special customers and assessing their interest in investing in similar, completely exclusive coachbuilt masterpieces.  At the same time we are looking into the resources which will allow us to offer this unique service to these discerning patrons of luxury.”