This Oddball Rolls-Royce Could Be The Most Expensive New Car Ever


With a list of inspirational Rolls-Royce vehicles from the 1920s and 1930s as inspiration for the rather confronting Sweptail at the owner's request, don't expect to see numerous design details make their way to either the next-generation Phantom, or Project Cullinan "high sided vehicle", leaving this machine as a true one-off creation.

Maybe it had something to do with Jim Glickenhaus too busy fielding a team racing around the Nürburgring, or a year without any Zagatos. The highlight feature of the Sweptail, however, is its uninterrupted glass roof, one of the largest and most complex ever seen on a motor vehicle of any marque, allows the cabin to be flooded with natural light, animating a host of beautifully handcrafted materials and componentry.

The Sweptail began life as a Rolls-Royce Phantom Coupé, the most brilliantly preposterous (and now discontinued) auto in the brand's lineup. Based on that, the Sweptail could officially become the most expensive new vehicle ever sold from any era, even when adjusted for inflation. The result is the Rolls-Royce Sweptail that was unveiled at the Concorso d'Eleganza at Villa d'Este on 27th May 2017. Rumored to cost almost 12.8 million dollars and four years of design and planning to build. You can be the Saudi guy that got all of his Mercedes Gold plated, or you could be our $12.8 million dollar Rolls Royce guy.

"It is a Rolls-Royce designed and hand-tailored to fit a specific customer", said Giles Taylor, director of design at Rolls-Royce.

"You might say we cut the cloth for the suit of clothes that he will be judged by", he said.

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"Our job was to guide, edit and finely hone the lines that would ultimately give our client this most ideal of Rolls-Royces". The front also includes new lights and a redesigned bumper. You may also have picked up on the "08" numbers engraved at the front and rear - these are milled from aluminium ingots, and serve as identification and registration marks.

The two-seat cabin itself is a deliberate choice to invoke the "romance of travel" with Macassar Ebony and open-pore Paldao complimenting Moccasin and Dark Spice leathers for a carefully balanced two tone interior.

Only two seats appear inside, with the rear bench making way for a hat shelf in a nod to Rolls-Royce GT cars from the 1920s and 30s.

Behind the coach door openings are two leather-trimmed, carbon fibre-framed panniers, each containing a bespoke matching attaché cases created to exactly suit the owner's laptop (here's hoping he never upgrades his computer). The centre armrest doesn't hide a USB port or storage like it does in some cars - instead, it's a chiller for a bottle of vintage champagne (from the year of the owner's birth, naturally) and two crystal champagne flutes.

These attache cases are twinned with a full set of luggage also developed by Rolls-Royce for Sweptail. 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.