8,000 hours were spent crafting the wood for Rolls-Royce’s latest Droptail

  • The Rolls-Royce Droptail Arcadia is a one-of-a-kind machine
  • It comes with supreme levels of luxury and an eight-figure price tag
  • The name comes from the Greek mythical ‘heaven on earth’

Published on May 23, 2024 at 5:16 PM (UTC+4)
by Tom Wood

Last updated on May 24, 2024 at 6:31 PM (UTC+4)
Edited by Amelia Jean Hershman-Jones

The Rolls-Royce Droptail Arcadia is a thing of beauty, but it turns out that a serious amount of work went into crafting it.

We all know that Rolls-Royce doesn’t cut corners when it comes to their cars.

They are the best of the best, the crème de la crème and only the highest standards are good enough.

That goes for all parts of it, it turns out.

The woodwork for this latest Droptail model – named ‘Arcadia’ after the mythical Greek phrase meaning ‘heaven on earth’ – reportedly took 8,000 hours to create (without factoring in testing).

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8,000 hours is a long time to spend doing anything.

To put that into context, it’s over 333 days, which is almost a year.

But, when you’re a mysterious billionaire buying one of these incredible and limited edition cars – there’s literally one – nothing is too much to ask.

All of these bespoke Rollers reportedly cost eight figures, and you can almost guarantee that the first of those eight figures isn’t a one.

So, you want that one-of-a-kind vehicle to havee no stone left unturned in the quest for ultimate luxury.

That’s what you’d have received if you’d have purchased the Rolls-Royce Droptail Arcadia, for sure.

It’s one of the world’s most expensive cars, but buyers get a lot for that spend.

The British carmaker invented a special white paint color just for this car, adding in tiny fragments of glass and aluminum to give it that extra sparkle, too.

Inside, everything has fine wooden trims and a clock that is unlike anything that has ever been put into a car.

Well, unless the car is another one of these bespoke Rollers.

Seriously – look at it.

But, the woodwork is what we’re here to talk about, and we’re going to delve a bit deeper into it.

There’s a curved panel on the rear decklid, much like other Rolls-Royce roadsters.

This isn’t just any old Rolls-Royce, though.

The wood runs around the entire dashboard, the paneling in the doors, and the curved partition behind the seats.

In total, 8,000 hours were spent on the woodwork alone.

The finish is exquisite, proving that the master craftsmen that Rolls-Royce put to work really knew what they were doing.

The Rolls-Royce Droptail Arcadia is the third of four commissions from Rolls-Royce Coachbuild, and they call it ‘an exquisite expression of tranquility’.

The company continued: “Like the haven that inspires its name, Arcadia Droptail was envisioned by the commissioning client as a serene space characterized by reduction, material depth, and tactility.”

On the woodwork, the company explained: “Inspired by a fine piece of furniture in the client’s home, Santos Straight Grain — a high-density, delicate wood — was selected for the interior and exterior woodwork based on its visual intrigue and rich texture, derived from its interlocking grain pattern.

“The grain type is the finest of any wood species used within a Rolls-Royce, presenting designers with a unique challenge when manipulating and drying the material.

“In total, Arcadia Droptail’s wood pieces and protective coating required more than 8,000 hours of development and 1,000 hours of testing.”

Imagine that – spending 9,000 hours on just one detail of the car.

Then imagine that they hand-built and spent as much time and effort on every element of the car.

The result is stunning, so their hard work paid off.

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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.