Words by Eduardo Lim, Creative Director, EDOHAUS
Photo Source: Rolls-Royce
Rolls-Royce is synonymous to grandeur and wrapped in mystique. Owning one of their readily available creations showcases a powerful yet subtle aura unfounded in any hypercars. But for one person, it’s not enough so he went to the House of Rolls-Royce and discussed a one-off inspired by the Rolls-Royce cars in the 1920s, the golden era of coach-building and add a few modern touches.
What you see here is the fruit of that discussion and was unveiled at the recent Concorso d’Eleganza at Villa d’Este—the $13 million Rolls-Royce Sweptail.
The car is reminiscent of the Phantom Coupé with a boxy larger-than-life grille that was milled from a single block of solid aluminium and hand-polished to perfection, while the Spirit of Ecstasy is made of crystal—a design lifted from the futuristic Rolls-Royce 103E concept.
But what makes this car a class in its own is its elongated back (missing B-pillar), evocative of a modern luxurious yacht and the Phantoms of the past, topped off by a single-piece large panoramic glass roof.
On the inside, it is treated with polished Macassar Ebony and Paldao wood coupled with polished aluminium rails while some are upholstered by varying shades of premium quality leather. Rolls-Royce says there are hidden compartments to keep the client’s favourite items. Yes, including a storage for a bottle of champagne and two champagne flutes. We can probably deduce also that it has a mini-fridge somewhere.
Rolls-Royce declined to name the private client but some say he loves to collect one of kind yachts, private aircraft, including the one-off $4.5 million Ferrari F12 TRS. Clearly, he is a man with deep pockets, I mean, with great taste.