VINTAGE ODYSSEY

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Published on September 18, 2017 with No Comments

Rolls Royce Sweptail is a bespoke, vintage-inspired beauty for the modern times.

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The Sweptail, unveiled at the Concorso d’Eleganza at Villa d’Este car event in Lake Como, was commissioned by a private client, who came to the company with an idea for a one-off car inspired by Rolls-Royces from the 1920s.

“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.”

Inspired by the beautiful coachbuilt Rolls-Royces of the 1920s and 1930s, the customer’s desire was for a coachbuilt two seater coupé featuring a large panoramic glass roof. As a connoisseur of Rolls-Royces, he was inspired by many of his favourite cars from the early 20th century, as well as many classic and modern yachts.

Over the course of a number of years, Taylor and his team of designers engaged with the client in a wonderfully intellectual journey as they worked together to realise the customer’s distinct vision and bring it to life. The result of this one-off coachbuild project is the completely unique Rolls-Royce ‘Sweptail’.

The two-seater coupé features a large panoramic glass roof, offering expansive views of the surrounding landscape, as well as details inspired by classic and modern yachts. Its bodywork is designed to look seamless, with the underside of the car sweeping upwards at its rear – creating a rounded “tail” that gives the Sweptail its name.

Rolls-Royce’s iconic grille has also been included in the design in a milled aluminium, with the company claiming it to be the “largest grille of any modern-era Rolls”. Inside, polished Macassar Ebony and open-pore Paldao adorn the interior, creating visual and tactile contrasts for the owner, both classical and contemporary. It is set off by contrasting light Moccasin and Dark Spice leathers that adorn the seats, armrests and dashboard top. The analog clock in the dash uses machined titanium.

True to the spirit of a transcontinental GT that Rolls-Royce established in the 20s and 30s, in place of the rear seats is a vast expanse of wood creating a mid-shelf with an illuminated glass lip. Sitting under the rear opening backlight through which it can be accessed, the hat shelf is in itself a thing of beauty, highly polished and inset with luggage rails. Concealed in the outboard walls on either side of the motor car, behind the opening of the coach doors, 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’.

A most personal, coachbuilt Rolls-Royce for a specific customer, every aspect of the material treatment of ‘Sweptail’ exudes handcrafted quality and exacting attention to detail. In short, it is a Rolls-Royce – but like no other before.

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