Some people live their life in glorious splendor and luxury, and one such individual commissioned Rolls-Royce to design, create, and manufacture a car that is being hailed as the most expensive in the world.
The individual — whose identity is not known — apparently approached the luxury carmaker with his own design of a two-seater car. This is how the Rolls-Royce Sweptail came into existence and was sold to the individual for a whopping $12.8 million.
The Rolls-Royce Sweptail was in the making for the last four years and its buyer has been described as a “connoisseur and collector of distinctive, one-off items including super-yachts and private aircraft.” The unnamed buyer specifically demanded that the luxury carmaker model this new car on the lines of Rolls-Royce vehicles of the 1920s and 1930s.
The car was showed off to the public at the Concorso d’Eleganza in Italy over the past weekend.
The Rolls-Royce Sweptail
The Rolls-Royce Sweptail is literally a car that is one in a million as it was made on request, and in exchange of a huge sum of money. Touted as the most expensive car, the Rolls-Royce Sweptail, although build in the modern era, embodies characteristics from classic Rolls-Royce cars from the 1920s and the 1930s.
The Sweptail comes with a Phantom II Streamline Saloon rear from 1934, a 1925 Phantom I Round Door sides, a Gurney Nutting Phantom II Two Door Light Saloon, and a Park Ward 20/25 Limousine Coupé coachwork both from 1934.
“Sweptail is the automotive equivalent of Haute Couture. It is a Rolls-Royce designed and hand-tailored to fit a specific customer. This customer came to the House of Rolls-Royce with an idea, shared in the creative process where we advised him on his cloth, and then we tailored that cloth to him,” Giles Taylor, Director of Design at Rolls-Royce Motor Cars revealed.
The most unique and attractive feature of the car is the hand-polished, panoramic glass roof. This feature was installed in the car on the customer’s request. The glass roof is one of the largest that has ever been fitted on a car and Rolls-Royce claims that it is the most complex glass structure on any car in the world.
Interior Of The Expensive Sweptail
The glass roof, which is framed on all sides by polished aluminum, allows the car’s cabin to be filled with natural light. The aluminum framing converges into a vanishing point at the cabin’s backside.
The vehicle’s interiors are kitted with an open-pore Paldao, which is constructed in Macassar Ebony. The car’s seat and the dashboard are made of dark spice leather and moccasin. A special attaché case is installed in the panniers of the Rolls-Royce Sweptail for the owner to store or place his laptop. The specially crafted car comes with a pre-registered number — 08 — which is hand polished and customized with ingots.
Watch the below video to see the Rolls-Royce Sweptail in all its glory.