It's nice to be able to invest five to 10 million dollars, or more, in a new car. Then you can go straight to a first-class automaker and embark on a "prodigious intellectual journey" that takes four years and results in a stunning one-off car worthy of any car connoisseur's attention.
The latest of these unicorns is the Rolls-Royce Sweptail, a two-door coupe unveiled at the Concorso d'Eleganza Villa d'Este in Lake Como, Italy. It was developed in collaboration with its owner, a "connoisseur of Rolls-Royces" who, the company said, was "inspired by many of his favorite cars" from the early 20th century and by "many classic and modern yachts."
The Sweptail is indeed reminiscent of a yacht with its classic blue color scheme and its abundance of wooden elements, including a huge hat shelf in the place of the rear seat. Of course, there is a cooler for "a bottle of the customer's favorite vintage champagne," as the press release claims. (It's a 1970 Dom Pérignon.) There is also room for two custom-built briefcases.
The Sweptail's design is both classic and minimalist, with a massive aluminum grille, a front enclosed by a metal frame and a panoramic glass roof that tapers toward the rear. The dashboard is more futuristic than any other Rolls-Royce, as all the buttons are hidden.
The company would not disclose where the car will drive in the future, but the integration of the lucky number 8 on the license plate suggests that this right-hand-drive car is headed for Asia. At the unveiling, Torsten Müller-Ötvös, CEO of Rolls, said, "We listen carefully to our most special customers and gauge their interest in investing in similar, fully exclusive coachbuilt masterpieces." Similar, but certainly not the same.