Rolls-Royce has released details on an all-new client-commissioned four-door convertible. It is called the Rolls-Royce ‘Boat Tail’, inspired by the 2017 Rolls-Royce ‘Sweptail’ and original century-old coachbuilding techniques. The term boat tail goes back to the 1920s. Back then, engineers would adapt the hull of a boat onto a rolling vehicle chassis of a car, creating a narrow rear-end which inspired the name. Fast forward to 2021, and Rolls-Royce is bringing back this historic tradition. The Rolls-Royce Boat Tail foundation is a space frame platform and 6.75-liter V12 engine similar to other RR models. Beyond that, the rest of the car is entirely custom. As of right now, only three Boat Tail examples have been built for private owners. The photos released feature a Rolls-Royce Boat Tail meant for a client in the U.S. This car is imbued with several of the client’s favorite finer things in life: wine, watches, and the color blue.
Walking about the RR Boat Tail, the first thing you’ll notice is its 19-foot long profile. This car is also the first modern-era Rolls-Royce to have a painted front grille instead of its iconic stainless variant. The Azul blue hood is hand-painted and is matched with a different shade of lighter blue for the rest of the body. At the rear of the car is a yacht-inspired twin-side opening trunk full of goodies. In this model, the Boat Tail’s hull features a dual champagne cooler loaded with wine. One side is used to store engraved Christofle of Paris crockery, and a fridge to hold a feast for a picnic. Additional equipment includes a stainless-steel, high tensile fabric parasol with carbon fiber stays. This car is designed to stand its ground when faced by high winds and provide shade as you uncork a chilled bottle of wine. Rolls-Royce also provides the owner with a set of his and her bespoke wristwatches developed by Swiss-based House of Bovet.
Inside, Rolls-Royce upholstered this custom Boat Tail in a spectrum of blue hues. One bespoke detail is a Montblanc pen in a custom aluminum case tucked away in the glove box. The client has a thing for pens. The Boat Tail also comes with an emergency tonneau for sudden weather changes. There is also a carbon-fiber roof to turn the Rolls-Royce Boat Tail into a dignified handsome coupe. Rolls-Royce did not disclose the price for the Boat Tail. However, anyone who wants their own is in luck because the Boat Tail will be a permanent fixture in Rolls-Royce’s Coachbuilding portfolio.
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