Bespoke Rolls-Royce Sweptail Debuts At Villa d’Este

What you’re looking at isn’t a new production model from Rolls-Royce, what you’re looking at is a one-off commissioned by a connoisseur of the brand, dubbed the Sweptail and debuting at the Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este at Lake Como.

Underpinning the Sweptail is the same platform as the outgoing Rolls-Royce Phantom Coupe and while it’s underpinnings aren’t special, the interior and exterior designs are.

The British marque says that the design of the vehicle was inspired by vintage models to wear the Spirit of Ecstasy and luxury yachts. The influence of yachts is particularly evident at the rear where the window tapers off from the roof to above the tailgate, forming a triangular shape. Additionally, there are curved elements in the rear fascia that drastically alter the overall appearance of the vehicle.

The design of the front is slightly less radical but still noticeable and includes a plethora of bespoke parts including new headlights and a redesigned bumper.

The interior has also been transformed from a regular Phantom. Among the most pivotal changes include new Macassar Ebony and Paldao wood as well as leather trim finished in Moccassin and Dark Spice. Perhaps the most significant change is the removal of the rear seats in favor of an expertly-crafted wooden mid-shelf with blue lighting.

Discussing the vehicle, chief executive of Rolls-Royce, Torsten Muller said “Sweptail is proof that Rolls-Royce is at the pinnacle of coachbuilding. We are listening carefully to our most special customers and assessing their interest in investing in similar, completely exclusive coachbuilt masterpieces.

“At the same time we are looking into the resources which will allow us to offer this unique service to these discerning patrons of luxury.”

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  • Fling3t

    Actually a pretty good job!

  • ejd1984
    • This has the same bumpers as the new Mazda CX-5!

    • Matt Johnson

      But a luxurious version.

  • Mr. Crankypants

    Looks like a fat old blue hair with a pantload

  • Mr. Crankypants

    I see the designer of the Rambler Marlin found new employ

  • KareKakk

    Now we are getting closer to a Shooting Brake worthy of its name.

  • hughie522

    I’m not sure I like it, but I guess beauty is in the eye of the beholder (i.e. the commissioner) :P.

  • Felix

    It’s so over the top, I love it

  • Six Thousand Times

    That little half line behind the rear quarter window makes me think they didn’t have the courage of their convictions.

  • Tumbi Mtika
  • fabri99

    I’m in awe. Just stunning.

  • Chester Kaufman

    Rolls Royce today models are great cars off course. But the make is loosing charisma and a certain aurea comparing to the predecessor models of 50’s, 60’s and 70’s.

    • emjayay

      Spelling aside……not losing, lost. The current RR’s are tasteless barges made for Russian and American mafia and Middle Eastern oil barons whose parents were camel herders.

  • emjayay

    And the award for the most car to carry the fewest people using the most fuel goes to…..

  • AS IF THE WRAITH WASN’T UGLY ENOUGH.

  • Kash

    The back is nice, the face has never been my favorite, and the profile doesn’t work at all. This probably would’ve worked better on the Wraith tbh. I like all the glass though, it’s nice and truly makes this thing feel like a land yacht that Cadillac would even be proud of. lol.

  • SteersUright

    Neat. Beautifully crafted but not beautiful.

  • Mike Gonzalez

    this is the abortion from a Phantom Coupe and Maybach Exelero… money can buy many things but won’t buy good taste, that’s for sure

  • Zed68
  • kimbentsen

    Butt ugly!

  • DR.FUNK

    The front clip doesn’t match…and it’s a tad disproportional overall.
    That being said…there’s some interesting ideas here.
    Loving the nautical theme.Few designs say “luxury” like a deco-era boattail speedster design.(maybe draw some inspiration from the 1936 Auburn speedster for that)
    I guess it’s a good thing that there are buyers out there willing to take a chance.Maybe he needs to send Rolls back to the drawing board to design a ragtop coupe?

  • Marty

    That is probably the ugliest car per buck in the world.

    Have they fired all their designers?
    If not, they should.

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