Rolls-Royce has unveiled the second in its Rolls-Royce Boat Tail trio of the most expensive new cars in the world – worth a combined £60million – and it’s a pearl.

Commissioned by a secretive – and unnamed – the family which made its fortune in the pearl trade, the bespoke £20million one-off coach-built luxury convertible grand tourer features a unique pearlescent exterior finish and interior detailing inspired by mother-of-pearl. This includes a dashboard clock and a host of luxurious gadgets and fripperies.

The car was designed by the company’s specialized coachbuild division at its Goodwood plant, reinterpreting the 1910s Rolls-Royce Ltd Boat Tail car design. It draws aesthetic inspiration from yachts of the 1920s and 1930s. The car shares its chassis and engine with the Rolls-Royce Phantom; but has 1,813 bespoke parts, including five electronic control units in the rear deck.

The first of three cars built features a parasol that extends from the rear deck deployed by a mechanical system in an inverted manner like a flower, rotating cocktail tables with matching stool seats, a complete set of Christofle tableware and two fridges in a color scheme to match Armand de Brignac champagne bottles. The deck is finished in Caleidolegno veneer and hinges towards the centre in a butterfly shape, at an angle of 67 degrees.

Hand-crafted at Rolls-Royce’s headquarters at Goodwood in Sussex, which employs more than 2,000 people, the two-door four-seater Rolls-Royce Boat Tail will be unveiling at the prestigious Concorso d’Eleganza event at the Villa d’Este on the shores of Lake Como in Northern Italy on Saturday.

The second ultra-exclusive Boat Tail model is entirely hand-built, with the body panels fashioned from vast, single sheets of aluminium to create a distinctive outline inspired by the racing yachts of the early 20th century.

It also uses four specially chosen pearl shells and mother of pearl highlights as the basis of its colour scheme and design.

At the press of a button, the deck opens in a sweeping butterfly gesture, revealing an intricate hosting suite replete with a whimsical parasol. Its movement evokes cantilever concepts explored by renowned architect Santiago Calatrava. Rolls-Royce Boat Tail’s nautical form evokes graceful J-class yachts and a 1932 Rolls-Royce Boat Tail the owners lovingly restored as part of their expansive collection.

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Rolls-Royce Boat Tail
Rolls-Royce Boat Tail
Rolls-Royce Boat Tail
Rolls-Royce Boat Tail – Top View

Under the massive bonnet is a 6.75-litre V12 engine linked to an eight-speed automatic gearbox that will propel it from rest to 62mph in about five seconds to a top speed likely to be limited to 155mph

The main exterior colour is a shimmering blend of oyster and soft rose, with large white and bronze mica flakes adding a unique pearlescent quality that changes subtly under different light conditions

This massive Pantheon Grille is milled from a single block of aluminium and is just one of the finer details of the car that shows the extraordinary lengths Rolls-Royce goes to to make vehicles unique

The £20million pearl-inspired Rolls-Royce Boat Tail has a removable roof. It is a single piece canvas wrapped over a carbon fibre fixed canopy. It has been tested in a wind tunnel to ensure it can cope at speeds over 150mph

The £20million pearl-inspired Rolls-Royce Boat Tail has a removable roof. It is a single piece canvas wrapped over a carbon fibre fixed canopy. It has been tested in a wind tunnel to ensure it can cope at speeds over 150mph

The second ultra-exclusive Boat Tail model is entirely hand-built, with the body panels fashioned from vast, single sheets of aluminium to create a distinctive outline inspired by the racing yachts of the early 20th century

Here's everything you need to know about the planet's joint most expensive new motor, including the incredible rear deck that provides everything you need for luxury alfresco dining on a long journey

 

SPECIFICATIONS

Manufacturer Rolls-Royce Motor Cars
Production 2 of 3, launch and presented on 27 May 2021[1][2]
Model years 2021, 2022
Assembly Goodwood Plant, West Sussex, England
Designer Alexander William Innes
Body and chassis
Class Coach build
Body style Cabriolet
Platform Wraith
Related Rolls-Royce Phantom (eighth generation)

 

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