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Rolls-Royce reveals second coachbuilt Boat Tail

This second coachbuilt Rolls-Royce Boat Tail has been commissioned by a client whose family business started in the pearling industry.

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What do you get the person who has everything? Exclusivity.

There’s precious little more exclusive than the Rolls-Royce Boat Tail – just three are being produced, and the German-owned luxury brand has now revealed the second example.

Inspired by racing yachts from the early 20th century, the Rolls-Royce Boat Tail – first revealed in May 2021 – is the first custom-designed limited-run model from the company’s Coachbuild department.

While each of the three share the same body design, they are heavily customised to suit each individual owner.

This particular Boat Tail was commissioned by a client whose family business originates from the pearling industry.

The client is “internationally educated and cosmopolitan in his tastes and influences”, while also owning a “sizeable collection of classic and modern cars” that are housed in a dedicated private museum.

At the start of the commissioning process for this Boat Tail, the client gave Rolls-Royce four pearl shells with unique colours. These provided as inspiration for the exterior colour which is apparently “one of the most complex Bespoke finishes ever created by Rolls-Royce”.

The paint colour is based on a blend of “oyster and soft rose” paints, with white and bronze mica flakes adding a unique pearlescent.

There’s also a cognac-coloured bonnet which has bronze and gold aluminium mica flakes, plus a layer of crystal and a matte clear coat.

The long rear deck houses the signature wooden panels that are hinged from the middle and flip up from the side.

This particular Boat Tail has these panels made out of a Royal Walnut veneer, inlaid with satin-brushed rose-gold plated pinstripes.

Built into these boot cavities is a dining set with fold-out seats, plus there is a pop-out parasol.

The Pantheon Grille is milled from a single billet of aluminium, and is complemented by a rose gold Spirit of Ecstasy bonnet ornament.

For weather protection, the Boat Tail comes with a temporary tonneau cover, as well as a manually-fitted fixed canopy roof with a flying buttress-style design.

Inside the cabin, there are “perfectly matched” cognac and oyster-coloured leathers and Royal Walnut veneers, with rose gold and mother-of-pearl accents throughout.

The centrepiece of the interior is the clock that was made from mother-of-pearl that was chosen and supplied by the client from his own collection.

“Building a motor car by hand offers a new realm of exploration and possibility: we can accomplish things and resolve challenges that normal industrialised methods would prohibit,” said Rolls-Royce head of Coachbuild Design, Alex Innes.

Rolls-Royce will be publicly unveiling this second Boat Tail model at the Concorso d’Eleganze Villa d’Este event on May 21, 2022.

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Jack Quick is an emerging automotive journalist based in Melbourne, Australia. Jack recently graduated from Deakin University and has previously competed in dance nationally. In his spare time, Jack likes to listen to hyperpop and play Forza Horizon.

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