Rolls-Royce reveals stunning coachbuilt Arcadia Droptail

  • The Rolls-Royce Arcadia Droptail is part of the manufacturer’s coachbuilt series
  • It is the last word in luxury and bespoke car manufacturing
  • Only four Droptails are scheduled to be built, with a price-tag of over $25 million

Published on Mar 01, 2024 at 1:21 PM (UTC+4)
by Tom Wood

Last updated on Mar 07, 2024 at 6:10 PM (UTC+4)
Edited by Adam Gray

The Rolls-Royce Arcadia Droptail has just been revealed, and it looks like something straight out of a dream.

Obviously, Rolls-Royce is the last word in luxury, and this car looks absolutely no different.

It’s the third in the British manufacturer’s run of V12 roadsters, making up the coachbuilt ‘Droptail’ series.

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Incidentally, there is a fourth in that series planned, but it isn’t going to be announced because the owner prefers to keep that detail a secret.

The Arcadia Droptail is named after a mystical paradise land dreamt up by the Ancient Greeks, and it’s supposed to evoke that sort of feeling within anyone who gets behind the wheel.

It certainly looks the part – it is an absolutely stunning vehicle.

The white body and gentle forms offer peace and tranquility, with particles of glass and aluminium embedded into the paint finish to give it that extra sparkle.

Don’t let that fool you, though – the Arcadia still has a V12 engine under the hood, producing more than 600bhp.

That means that it can move, too.

There’s a lush interior kitted out in the finest leather in brown and tan colours, as well as the traditional hardwood features coated in a bespoke lacquer that is designed to stay pristine as long as the car exists.

Like the other Droptail projects, this interior necessitated an entire substructure to be built for the car, and the attention to detail doesn’t end there.

Inside the car, there’s a classic Rolls-Royce clock, although this is reportedly amongst the most delicate and difficult they’ve ever created, taking two years of development time and five months of assembly.

Alex Innes, the head of Rolls-Royce’ coachbuilding division, told Top Gear: “The significance of Rolls-Royce Arcadia Droptail lies in its subtlety.

“This motor car is one of the most faithful expressions of an individual’s personal style and sensibilities we have ever created within the Coachbuild department.

“In capturing their spirit, we reveal a unique appreciation for simplicity, serenity and beautifully restrained elegance – one that was a privilege for me to have been a part of.”

As you can probably imagine, this level of opulence comes with a significant price-tag.

Only four individually crafted models in the Coachbuild series are scheduled to be built, priced at upwards of $25 million.

That price reflects the level of exclusivity of the cars, the level of work that goes into them, and the finish that is achieved.

Describing the process, Innes added: “We build Coachbuild cars like they build a yacht.

“The car stays in one place, we move to it.”

If you can afford it, the Rolls-Royce Arcadia Droptail is a pretty great way to own your own piece of paradise.


Tom Wood

Tom started his journalism career soon after completing a Masters degree at the University of Salford. Since then, he’s covered a bit of everything – sport, celebrity and world news.