Over the course of a number of years, Giles Taylor, Director of Design at Rolls-Royce Motor Cars and his team of designers engaged with the client on a journey as they worked together to bring the Rolls Royce customer’s distinct vision to life.
The result of this one-off coachbuild project is the completely unique Rolls-Royce ‘Sweptail’.
Inspired by the beautiful coachbuilt Rolls-Royces and yachts and of the 1920s and 1930s, the Sweptail is designed for the Rolls-Royce connoisseur. The ‘Sweptail’ is most personalized and pays more attention to detail.
“Sweptail is the automotive equivalent of Haute Couture,” comments 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.”
The ‘Sweptail’ without question fits the Rolls-Royce DNA. One is first attracted by the confident and solid character of the front profile, due to the iconic Rolls-Royce Pantheon grille. The grille is milled from solid aluminium before being hand polished to a mirror finish.
The striking silhouette of the Sweptail is one that defines its unique character. Its lines are flowing and resolve into a sveltely elegant form. The scale and grandeur of this regal looking coupé is evident. The coup de gras of the rear pays the ultimate homage to the world of racing yachts that as mentioned earlier, inspired the client.
The ‘Sweptail’ features lengthened side windows and a panoramic glass roof. What a place to be as one watches the world slip by. The interior is governed by a philosophy of simplicity and minimalism.
Generous quantities of polished Macassar Ebony and open-pore Paldao adorn the interior. It is set off by contrasting light Moccasin and Dark Spice leathers that adorn the seats, armrests and dashboard top.
The registration number, 08, you see ar milled from ingots of aluminium and hand-polished.
The stunning Rolls-Royce clock is handmade of the thinnest Macassar veneer, and highlighted by precision machined titanium hands.
Two final surprises have been secreted inside ‘Sweptail’, that truly excited me.
One, concealed in the outboard walls on either side of the Sweptail, are two identical panniers which contain two handmade attaché cases deployed at the touch of a button. (These attaché cases are twinned with the full set of luggage also developed by Rolls-Royce Bespoke for ‘Sweptail’.)
Two, the entire centre console houses a one-off hand-built mechanism that deploys a bottle of your favourite vintage champagne and two crystal champagne flutes. How lovely is that!