The second Rolls-Royce Boat Tail will be shown in May

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The second of three ultra-bespoke creations will be completed for a European springtime debut in Italy.

Rolls-Royce will reveal the second of three highly exclusive, coachbuilt ‘Boat Tail’ models at Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este in May.

The bespoke Boat Tail cabriolet is the most expensive Rolls-Royce model of all time, with a price tag estimated at $38 million. The first customer car was revealed last year, and while the second will be similar in its overall conception, it will be markedly different in terms of its execution – such is the scope of personalisation offered with coachbuilt creations.

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The unique features, therefore, will go beyond paint scheme choices and interior materials. The first car had a totally bespoke dashboard set-up in keeping with the owner’s minimalist tastes, a bespoke cutlery set and a fridge specifically for their favourite champagne, for example, so the second Boat Tail could be a radical departure in all areas apart from its silhouette.

The Boat Tail takes its name from a series of coachbuilt pre-war Rolls-Royce models, with which it shares a rear end design modelled on a J-Class yacht.

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The four-seat, two-door creation is longer than the Phantom on which it is loosely based, measuring 5900mm from bumper to bumper, and features a canopy roof in place of a conventional folding item. It shares its 420kW 6.75-litre twin-turbo V12 with the Phantom, as well as the aluminium Architecture of Luxury which underpins all new Rolls-Royce models.

It is an embodiment of Rolls-Royce’s post-opulent design ethos, as pioneered by the second-generation Ghost. Alex Innes, who heads up Rolls-Royce’s Coachbuild division, said the clients behind the three Boat Tail models “appreciated the hallmarks of Rolls-Royce design and encouraged us to move beyond the familiar traits that we see today and design something that points towards the future”.

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The third and final car from the series will not be publicly revealed upon its completion, in accordance with the client’s wishes to keep it under wraps.

Felix Page

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