Once upon a time, the art of coach-building cars was commonplace. You’d visit your chosen engine and drivetrain manufacturer, with your next port of call being your favored designer. This separation of engineering and art often created some wonderfully bespoke automobiles that are recognised today as true masterpieces.
Today the automotive world is very different, with mass production of even exotic vehicles usually limiting prospective owners to special paint and trim. However, every so often manufacturers with coachwork in their DNA enable a special project to create something as celebrated as its handcrafted ancestors. The Rolls-Royce Sweptail is one such Vehicle
Based on the Rolls-Royce Phantom VII Coupe’s chassis, this special model makes use of the traditional 6.75-liter V12 engine. While Rolls-Royce never strives for outright performance, we believe it would describe the 453hp on offer to be ‘adequate’ for the purpose of the Sweptail.
The elegant coachwork continues the traditional Artdeco design that is synonymous with Rolls-Royce, but also factors in styling notes from vintage Rolls-Royce models and luxury yachts. Cars such as 1934 Phantom II Streamline Saloon and the Park Ward 20/25 Limousine Coupe have influenced the Sweptail silhouette. Its blunt nose is dominated by the traditional upright grille and lengthy hood, but the almost boat-like rear quarters are sculpted and flowing.