They refer to themselves as “the worlds leading luxury goods provider” which is true to a certain extent except isn’t that what you call the makers of luxury handbags that are made from the skin of a near extinct species of animal? What the very British Rolls Royce have made is a work of art using what are ancient traditions passed on from one generation to this current digital generation, traditions that span centuries and are used today as the only remedy for a thoroughly 21st century automotive sculpture.
The Sweptail that is to say the rear half of the car is hand made no modern computer controlled CNC machine could make such a form it’s just far too complicated. The metal is worked and annealed by hand, only the most skilled craftsmen / women can do this job with precision.
The very British Rolls Royce Sweptail is clearly based on the Phantom platform the rear styling is perhaps the finest example of coachbuiling seen for decades.
Very British Rolls Royce were approached by a long time and valued customer in 2013 who effectively commissioned the company to build the Sweptail.
The client worked closely with the design department to realise this bespoke creation. Attention to detail includes the front grille which is modelled very British Rolls-Royce Pantheon grille.
The grille is milled from solid aluminium before being painstakingly polished by hand to a mirror finish.
The Sweptail is influenced by racing yachts of the early 20th century and features distinctive lengthened side windows and panoramic glass roof.
The interior is of course a place of luxury combining the materials of natural wood, metal and leather to an ethereal level of decadence.
The Sweptail is, for want of a better word, a massive coupe the rear has no seats, in its place is a yacht inspired parcel shelf finished in Paldao and Macassar Ebony.
Its rumoured that the very British Rolls Royce Sweptail cost it’s client a cool £13 million GBP. Don’t worry about the client £13m is small change for someone who already has a multi-million pound collection of rare one of-a-kind cars.
The very British Rolls Royce revealed the car in an equally ethereal venue, Lake Como in Italy so who ever commissioned the car is fully loaded.
The Sweptail is no concept and is fully road legal although the centre console hides a concealed flap that rotates to reveal a bottle of champagne and two crystal flutes. Drinking and driving doesn’t matter if you are a very British Rolls Royce owner.