It is believed Rolls-Royce’s retro-themed custom convertible is the most expensive new car ever sold.
Rolls-Royce – perhaps the world’s most prolific and prestigious manufacturer of luxury cars – has taken the covers off a new custom ‘Boat Tail’ four-seat retro convertible, just days after confirming plans to revive its bespoke coachbuilding division.
However, all external sheetmetal has been replaced, and 1813 unique parts were reportedly designed and produced specifically for the new model. The car also features a wholly-reworked rear-end storing a cooled food and drink compartment, integrated umbrella, fold-out tables, and collapsible carbon-fibre chairs.
A 6.75-litre twin-turbo V12 lifted from the standard production car sends 420kW/900Nm to the rear wheels via an eight-speed torque converter automatic transmission.
Rolls-Royce is yet to quote a 0-100km/h time for the ‘Boat Tail,’ however in the Phantom the 6.75-litre engine allows the benchmark sprint in conquered in a claimed 5.3 seconds.
The brand has not confirmed pricing for the vehicle “out of respect for [the] client’s privacy.” However, an overnight report from British outlet Autocar claimed a buyer had put forward a £20 million (AU$37 million) figure. If accurate, this would make it one of the most – if not the most – expensive new cars ever sold.
The design and name references the yacht-inspired Rolls-Royce ‘Boat Tail’ tourers of the 1920s and 1930s (shown above), which were almost entirely custom-built to order.
In 2020 CarAdvice unearthed the first patent filing for what would eventually becomes the 2021 Rolls-Royce ‘Boat Tail.’
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Rolls-Royce unveils $37 million bespoke ‘Boat Tail’ convertible