Rolls Royce made history when it revealed the first unit of the Boat Tail model which was estimated to cost a record setting $28 million. Only three units are to be made and today, the automaker has announced the second example of its ultra – rare series.
Boat Tail models are the product of the Rolls-Royce Coachbuild division. Three wealthy clients agreed that the models will have a similar body but each unit will be bespoke, tailored made to the client’s taste.
The client who commissioned the second Boat Tail has a family history in the pearling industry, and gave designers four pearls to use as inspiration for the exterior color, according to Rolls. The company says the car “creates a highly personal and emotionally resonant homage to the client’s father”.
The bonnet, is finished in a “cognac colour”, there are also elements in bronze, rose gold as well as crystalised and ice matt coating.
At the rear of the car, there’s a wooden deck concealing a bespoke “hosting suite”, with a unique “butterfly design” dining set and an umbrella.
Inside, you will find walnut-coloured leather with rose gold accents and a walnut veneer. Rolls Royce claims walnut was chosen because it “matures over time” and will eventually transition to look similar to the cognac-coloured bonnet. In line with the client’s history, there’s a bespoke pearl-coloured timepiece that sits on the dashboard.
Alex Innes, Rolls-Royce’s head of Coachbuild design, said: “Every Rolls-Royce Coachbuild commission is, of course, incredibly special, but in this case, there was an additional depth of feeling.”
“Creating a motor car in honour of a revered client’s father and family history is an extraordinary privilege – a responsibility that we took very much to heart. The commissioning patron’s deep-rooted connection to Boat Tail is an inspiration. The result far exceeds a means of conveyance to become, quite literally, a moving work of art.”
An example of the Boat Tail will make its official public debut on 21 May at the Concorso d’Eleganza, on the shores of Lake Como in Italy. Rolls, as usual, did not disclose the actual price of the bespoke vehicle.