Rolls-Royce Motor Cars unveiled the next coachbuilt Boat Tail commission – one of just three that have been and ever will be made. The car was revealed at Concorso d’Eleganza, Villa d’Este 2022, on the shores of Lake Como in northern Italy.
Boat Tail is entirely hand-built, with the body panels made from vast, single sheets of aluminum to create the distinctive outline inspired by the racing yachts of the early 20th century. It was commissioned by a customer whose family business has grown from his father’s origins in the pearling industry. This client is a patron of the arts, who additionally owns a sizeable collection of classic and modern cars, housed in a dedicated private museum.
The client gave Rolls-Royce Coachbuild Designers a selection of four pearl shells, personally selected from his private collection for their unique color and complexity. The shells provided inspiration for the exterior color, which is one of the most complex Bespoke finishes ever created by Rolls-Royce.
The foundation of the color is a shimmering blend of oyster and soft rose, with large white and bronze mica flakes. The contrasting cognac-colored hood features fine bronze and gold-colored aluminum mica flakes complete with a layer of crystal and iced matt clear coat. The technical fibre lower sills of Boat Tail feature a rose gold woven thread.
Housing Boat Tail’s unique ‘butterfly-design’ hosting suite, the rear deck includes Royal Walnut veneer, inlaid with rose gold-plated pinstripes with a satin-brushed finish. The Royal Walnut was chosen by the client for its beautiful properties as it matures over time, a material that will gradually transition to the tonal properties of the cognac color. The iced hood and wooden rear deck are juxtaposed with the high-gloss front and side perspectives.
From the front, the Pantheon Grille, milled from a single, solid billet of aluminum, is topped by a Spirit of Ecstasy fashioned in rose gold.
The interior is wrapped in perfectly matched cognac and oyster-colored leathers and Royal Walnut veneer, with rose gold and mother-of-pearl accents throughout. The leathers, complete with a pearlescent finish, forms of Boat Tail’s seats and interior design. The transmission tunnel is formed from Royal Walnut veneer with rose gold pinstripes.
The dashboard of the next coachbuilt Boat Tail features a timepiece made from mother-of-pearl, chosen and supplied by the client from his own collection; the fascia of which is pure and minimal in its appearance so as not to detract from the precious material. The same prised substance garnishes the control switches and instrument dials.
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