The Rolls-Royce Sweptail is a one-off large luxury car made in the United Kingdom by Rolls-Royce Motor Cars. At the time of its May 2017 debut it was the most expensive new automobile in the world, costing around $12.8 million, surpassing the Bugatti Chiron.
“Sweptail is the automotive equivalent of Haute Couture,” Rolls-Royce Motor Cars director of design, Giles Taylor said in a statement. “It is a Rolls-Royce designed and hand-tailored to fit a specific customer.”
The Rolls-Royce Sweptail is hand-built, and inspired by coachbuilding of the 1920s and 1930s. According to Rolls, an individual customer approached the company in 2013 and ask them to build a one-of-a-kind motor car inspired by the luxury yachts of the 1920s and 30s.
It took four years to realise the man’s vision of a unique luxury car, a two-seater coupé featuring a large panoramic glass roof.
The Sweptail is an extension of 103EX Concept, which Rolls Royce showed under its Vision Next 100, to make personalised futuristic cars for its patrons.
The Sweptail’s signature feature is a single-piece glass roof that tapers into the car’s fastback rear end. It’s a design feature that dominates the car’s overall silhouette.
The Sweptail gets the largest ever aluminium grille in a Rolls Royce, hand-polished to the mirror finish. The signature ornament ‘Spirit of Ecstasy’ is also the largest ever. Under the hood, the Sweptail gets a giant 6.6-litre V12 engine, and despite being a two-seater coupe, spans to over 6 metres.
The elements inside – made from Macassar Ebony and Paldao veneers, the Moccasin and Dark Spice leathers of the seats, doors and the hand-stitched steering wheel, as per the gentleman’s choice – catch one’s fancy and awe.
And even if you were the richest person in the world to really have that kind of cash, sorry, Rolls Royce made just one Sweptail and the owner is partying by the Lake Como now.