Well, the most-expensive brand new car sold till date was the Bugatti Chiron priced approximately $2.9 million. The Rolls Royce Sweptail unveiled this weekend at the Concorso d’Eleganza at Villa d’Este, on the banks of Lake Como, Italy, has now snatched the title multiple times over for being world’s most expensive vehicle till date costing around a whooping $12.9 million!
The Sweptail is inspired from the coach builds of the 1920s and 1930s and is completely hand-built. Sometime in 2013, a specialist of Super-yachts and aircrafts walked in the House of Rolls Royce with a unique idea in mind. The owner of this vehicle was very precise of what he wanted. A gigantic sloping panoramic glass roof that sits on a 2-seater luxury coupe.
More than safety features and emission norms, Rolls Royce was better focused on the kind of luxury they did put in to make this car feel like a lavish yacht on wheels. The Sweptail is inspired and is an extension of the 103EX concept, showed under its Vision Next 100 – an idea to make personalised futuristic cars for its special customers.
The owner for this car frequently purchases exclusive yachts and seems to have wanted the same design for this 6-meter long luxury mammoth. The Sweptail gets the largest ever aluminium grille in the Rolls Royce range and is hand-polished in mirror finish. The signature ornament ‘Spirit of Ecstasy’ is also the largest ever seen before on any Rolls Royce. Under the long bonnet lies a humongous 6.6-litre V12 engine, despite being a 2-seater coupe.
One of the unique features of the car are the two identical panniers that deploy to reveal an attached case, which was designed to specifically accommodate the owner’s laptop. On the inside there is leather-wrapped steering wheel, Moccasin and Dark Spice leather seats while the Macassar Ebony and Paldao veneers portray a true gentleman’s reflection.
“Sweptail is the automotive equivalent of Haute Couture,” said Giles Taylor, Director of Design at Rolls-Royce Motor Cars. The Sweptail took approximately 4 years from scratch to end which was completely designed and hand-tailored to fit a specific customer.
Rolls Royce has been known for its magnificent piece of engineering and design inspired from aircrafts and now, yachts! With world-class luxury comes a pricetag, which we are sure their buyers do not mind paying.