While the list of ‘can-do’ things would definitely be long for a wealthy person, the list, it seems, would also include ‘asking Rolls Royce to custom build one one-off model’ if you are ‘Richie Rich’ rich.
The Rolls Royce Sweptail is one such model, literally, custom built based on the request of one of Rolls Royce’s “most valuable customers”. The work on the Sweptail began in 2013 when an exceptionally wealthy man asked Rolls Royce to build him a one-off luxury car which the world had never seen till then. Rolls Royce was also suggested to take inspiration from the “swept-tail” Rolls Royces of 1920’s and 30’s. Rolls Royce immediately accepted the work order and now the model is out for display to satisfy your visual appetite at the Villa d’Este Concorso d’Eleganza, Italy this weekend.
One look at the front and you will realize that the front grille is one monstrous piece of metal; in fact, it is the largest grille ever to adorn the front of a Rolls Royce and has been milled from one single piece of aluminum which has been hand polished to attain that level of mirror like shine. Further back you will notice the “swept-tail” which has given the car its name. The way the bodywork wraps the car around is so seamless that Rolls Royce is comparing it to the ‘hull of a yacht”. Also the rear is made to look even more elegant with the presence of a bullet tip center brake light and a stylish lower bumper.
The number plate is adorned by the number “08” which, similar to the front grille has been milled out of a single piece of aluminium and hand polished. Rolls Royce though claims that the highlight of the exterior is the large panoramic sunroof which as per the manufacturer is one of the most complex ever seen on a motor car, and, as per our eyes, one of the largest ever!
The interiors as expected are not just luxurious but ostentatiously magnificent with generous use of wood, leather, metal and a ‘hat shelf’ with an illuminated lip. The master surely is a sucker for hats we guess. The dashboard is one of the cleanest, with a clock made from the thinnest of Macassar veneer and titanium hands machined to perfection. The central console is home to a mechanism that serves the master a bottle of his favorite champagne that too at an angle comfortable for his rich hands to grab at, and two crystal champagne flutes.
Rolls Royce, as expected, has not revealed the specifications of this epitome of opulence when it has no such plans to sell multiple copies of this model. Nevertheless, the vehicle should be based on one of the existing Rolls Royce models and one can safely assume that the long bonnet should house nothing less than the company’s V12.
Though we are never going to know how much that mysterious wealthy man has paid for this Rolls Royce, judging by the fact that the models sold by Rolls Royce are not very cheap at all, we can assume that multiple millions of dollars should have been transferred to Rolls Royce account to get this beauty on road.