Rolls-Royce has revealed the Sweptail, an amazing one-off built for a 'Rolls-Royce connoisseur' who's so in love with all things 1920s and 1930s, he commissioned the firm to build him a car in the spirit of the era.
Nobody knows who that individual is. It’s someone who’s both connected enough to have Rolls-Royce actually listen to ideas, and rich enough to afford a one-off commission. We know it’s a him because Rolls-Royce says as much in the Sweptail press release. Beyond that, we only know about the car. And as you might suspect, it’s really something.
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The design stems from the extravagant shapes of the 1930s, hence the sweeping rear that conjures up images of a vintage Rolls-Royce Boat Tail speedster. The firm has swapped the rear seat for a wood mid-shelf that features an illuminated glass lip. Further back is the wood hat shelf, polished and inset with luggage rails and surrounded by a large teardrop-shaped glass roof that contributes to a very bright, airy cockpit.
For extended trips, the Sweptail comes with its own set of luggage. It also features what Rolls-Royce says is the cleanest dashboard it’s ever offered in a car, though we’re provided no images to see what that actually means. We’re also in the dark on power or performance, but we do know the Sweptail features a pair of handmade attaché cases concealed in the outboard walls on both sides of the car, and they can also be deployed with the push of a button. Far more important than any talk about power, torque or 0-62mph times, no?
Perhaps the most glorious feature is a built-in mechanism stored in the centre console that, when activated, deploys a bottle of champagne and two crystal flutes. The Sweptail is that sort of Rolls-Royce. Celebrate its decadence in the images below.