Feast your eyes on the most expensive new car ever made
The Rolls-Royce Sweptail (reportedly) costs upwards of $10 million.Meryl D'Souza May 28, 2017
In November last year, a 1962 Ferrari 250 GTO became the most expensive privately sold car ever. The limited edition car – one of 39 that zip around the world – was sold for a whopping $38 million.
That wasn’t a one of a kind. Rolls-Royce’s new Sweptail doesn’t have a racing legacy behind it to propel its market value, but it is a one of a kind. It is not your average Rolls-Royce car – though you’d to well to even own one of those – it is a Phantom Coupé fine tuned to fit the specifications of its uber-rich, unnamed owner.
The Rolls-Royce Sweptail is a product of the luxury automaker’s bespoke division. This division – comprised of its own set of designers, engineers and creatives – has been developing the new ride for over a year before it was unveiled at the Concorso d’Eleganza at Villa d’Este on the banks of Lake Como
Built for an unnamed customer who the British manufacturer describes as a “connoisseur and collector of distinctive, one-off items including super-yachts and private aircraft”, the Sweptail is a culmination of the drama of the 1925 Phantom I Round Door built by Jonckheere; the svelte-tapering glasshouse, dramatic dash to axle proportion and up-sweep of the rear departure angle of the 1934 Phantom II Streamline Saloon Park Ward; the elegantly falling waist-rail, swept tail coachwork of the 1934 Gurney Nutting Phantom II Two Door Light Saloon, and the flowing roofline, rising departure angle, and swept tail coachwork of the 1934 Park Ward 20/25 Limousine Coupé.
The grille – the largest of any modern era Rolls-Royce – is milled from solid aluminium and polished by hand to a mirror finish.
Inside, the one-off car features generous quantities of polished Macassar Ebony and open-pore Paldao. Adding abit of contrast is the light Moccasin and Dark Spice leathers on the seats, armrests and dashboard. Replacing the rear seats is a vast expanse of wood creating a mid-shelf with an illuminated glass lip.
In a world first, the car's Rolls-Royce clock is also handmade of the thinnest Macassar veneer and titanium hands. There are also handmade panniers that match the car, while Rolls-Royce has also developed a full set of bespoke luggage for the Sweptail. The coupé even gets its a unique registration number – 08 – that's been milled from ingots of aluminium and hand polished.
“Sweptail exudes the romance of travel for its own sake,” says Torsten Müller-Ötvös, chief executive officer at Rolls-Royce Motor Cars, “and immediately places Sweptail in the pantheon of the world’s great intercontinental tourers. It is proof that Rolls-Royce is at the pinnacle of coachbuilding.”
We’d expect nothing less from an automaker that paints its cars with diamonds.