There are very few car manufacturers who put all of their resources at their clients’ disposal to produce something really unique. Rolls-Royce is one such manufacturer, and it took the opportunity at the Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este this year to display an exceptional new model to the public: a one-off. There is in fact only one of these cars in the whole world.

Rolls-Royce’s Bespoke department is used to satisfying the most unusual demands for personalization of its cars, but in 2013 a client from Goodwood went one further: a vehicle was requested which recreated, in a modern fashion, some of the features of their own models designed in the 1920s and 1930s. Naturally Rolls-Royce accepted the challenge and the result was the beautiful Sweptail.

This car, unique in every detail, resulted from a close collaboration between Rolls-Royce’s Bespoke department and the client. Apart from the wonderful large panoramic glass roof, the first thing which catches the eye is the dewdrop-shaped rear of the vehicle so typical of some models of those times. The front has the periphery framed in brushed aluminum with the classic Pantheon grill, the largest of any modern era Rolls-Royce.

Generous quantities of polished Macassar Ebony and open-pore Paldao adorn the interior, creating visual and tactile contrasts, both classical and contemporary. It is set off by light Mocassin and Dark Spice leather; but the main talking-point of the interior is the superb space in place of the back seats, made of Macassar and embellished with brushed aluminium bars and illuminated glass borders. Apart from recreating the style of that period, this space is inspired by another of the client’s passions, namely the sea.

Goodwood, June 2017