The real story behind the one-of-a-kind $13 million Rolls-Royce Sweptail

  • The Rolls-Royce Coachbuild division creates the most prestigious luxury cars
  • However, the Sweptail is one of the most special and exclusive of them all
  • It pays homage to vintage and classic cars and classic and modern yachts

Published on May 20, 2024 at 8:24 PM (UTC+4)
by Amelia Jean Hershman-Jones

Last updated on May 24, 2024 at 6:34 PM (UTC+4)
Edited by Tom Wood

You might recognize the stunning $13 Million Rolls-Royce Sweptail – but let’s take a peek under the hood of this stunning and powerful vehicle.

Its creation marked the return of the Rolls-Royce’s Coachbuild division.

And here’s everything you need to know about one of the most special and exclusive British cars ever made.

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Rolls-Royce Coachbuild builds one-off models of the most prestigious luxury cars.

Each unique car forms an ‘extraordinary design collaboration between patron and artisan’, per Rolls-Royce.

“Every line is refined. Every surface is purposefully shaped. Every request is realized with absolute devotion to the will of the patron,” they said.

And the Sweptail is certainly no exception, being seen as the ‘automotive equivalent of haute couture’.

Its design was based on the client’s love of classic and vintage cars from the early 20th century and classic and modern yachts.

And with vintage Rolls-Royce in mind, Richard Hammond recently restored a 1930s Rolls-Royce before returning it to the museum.

Plus a 1980 Rolls-Royce Silver Wraith II was uncovered in a jaw-dropping barn find.

In more recent history, this is the unbelievable story behind the abandoned Rolls-Royce Phantom VII found parked at a hotel.

Back to the Rolls-Royce Sweptail and its svelte tapering, elegantly falling waist-rail, flowing roofline, and distinctive swept tail are all desires that Rolls-Royce honed and crafted into a single motor car.

Step inside and an uninterrupted glass roof floods the elegantly simplistic interior with light.

The switchgear is minimal, allowing the rich materials to sing.

These include polished Macassar ebony and open-pore Paldao that, when paired with light Moccasin and Dark Spice leathers of the seats, armrests, and fascia surround, created both a visual and tactile contrast.

It’s a stunning and unique example of the Rolls-Royce DNA.

The Sweptail is not only visually stunning, but it also boasts impressive performance, too.

It has a 6.6 V-12 engine producing 453 horsepower.

This allows it to reach 0-97 km/h (0-60 mph) in a mere 5.6 seconds, with a top speed of 249 km/h (155 mph).

Rolls-Royce is aiming to go all-electric by 2030, meaning the Sweptail will become even more iconic.


Amelia Jean Hershman-Jones

London-based Amelia cut her journalistic teeth covering all things lifestyle, wellness and luxury in the UK capital. Fast-forward a decade and the experienced content creator and editor has put pen to paper for glossy magazines, busy newsrooms and coveted brands. When her OOO is on you can find her spending quality time with her young family, in the gym or exploring the city she loves.