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Coachbuilt one-off Rolls Royce Sweptail stars at Concorso d'Eleganza


Claimed to be one of the most expensive cars ever made, Rolls-Royce unveiled the dramatic Sweptail at the Concorso d'Eleganza Villa d'Este this past weekend.

Rumoured to have cost £10-million (R166 345 438), a figure subsequently denied by company Chief Executive Torsten Muller-Otvos, the one-off Sweptail uses the same underpinnings at the outgoing Phantom Coupe, but features a unique coachbuilt body inspired by yachts and Rolls'  models from the 1920's and 1930's.

Boasting a fastback appearance that tapers into a sharp point above the bootlid, a prominent curved rear bumper, expansive glass panoramic roof and a slightly altered front facia, the Sweptail carries its bespoke exterior detailing to the interior with polished Macassar Ebony and open-pore Paldoa wood trim, Moccassin and Dark Spice leather and a crafted wood rear shelf backlit in blue in place of the rear seats.

Distancing itself further from the Phantom, the Sweptail also features two concealed panniers in the outboard walls which when activated, presents the owner's equally bespoke luggage case made from lightweight carbon fibre and finished fine leather, and a redesigned centre console containing a bottle of champagne and two glass flutes.

Like the standard Phantom, the Sweptail makes use of the same 6.75-litre V12 developing 338 kW and 720 Nm of torque, with drive going to the rear wheels via an eight-speed automatic gearbox.

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