A moving artwork or a billionaires’ food cart?
If you thought the Sweptail was “the pinnacle of bespoke”, wait until you see the Boat Tail. This one too was inspired by luxury yachts, but is a true demonstration of what happens when you are super successful in life with a ridiculous amount of disposable income, and approach Rolls-Royce to bespoke a moving artwork — literal or otherwise.
Commissioned by “a globally successful couple”, the 2021 Rolls-Royce Boat Tail is a modern interpretation of a 1932 Rolls-Royce Boat Tail which was restored by the couple in time for the arrival of this modern car. The exterior of the car is finished in a baby blue, which is subtle in shadows but sparkles in sunlight thanks to embedded metallic and crystal flakes. A hand-painted gradated bonnet in deeper blue adds the necessary contrast. The wheels are finished in a combination of deep blue and bright blue.
As for the roof, well, it’s a manually removable cloth canopy supported by carbon fibre pillars. However, the car carries a temporary tonneau stowed somewhere in the rear, in case any unexpected inclement weather is encountered while out on the road. Inside, the front seats are swathed in a darker blue, while the rear seats are finished in a lighter tone. A soft metallic sheen is applied to the leather to accentuate its pairing with the painted exterior.
The client has also roped in Swiss luxury watchmaker Bovet to create two tourbillon timepieces — one for himself and the other for his wife. These timepieces can transform from a wristwatch to a pocket/pendant watch to a desk clock and… of course, a dashboard clock. Now that’s what you call “the pinnacle of bespoke”. But wait, there’s more.
The party piece of the Rolls-Royce Boat Tail, literally, is at the back of the car. The Caleidolegno veneer-lined “aft deck” lids reveal something called a “hosting suite”, which houses a champagne fridge and glasses on one side and bespoke cutlery on the other side. Rolls-Royce has even integrated a climate control system to preserve the cuisine stowed on board. The hosting suite also stows a parasol, cocktail tables, and of course, stools. Also, is it just me or the hosting suite reminds you of the Vision Mercedes-Maybach 6 Cabriolet?
Anyway, Rolls-Royce didn’t share any technical info, but I guess it’s safe to assume that the Boat Tail is powered by a 6.75L V12 biturbo motor. And I’m told that the Boat Tail is not really a one-off as RR is building two more units.