It's one remarkable commission.
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.
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.