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Does Rolls-Royce Sweptail Mark Revival of Custom Coachbuilding?

A $13 mil, 4-year project.

by on May.31, 2017

The Rolls-Royce Sweptail, one of the first completely customized bodies since the end of WWII.

It was a very different era, a time when a luxury car was defined not by the long list of features but by its uniqueness. In the decades leading up to the Second World War, upscale buyers would routinely opt for custom-built cars, taking platforms from brands as diverse as Bentley, Cadillac, Delahaye and Packard to custom coachbuilders like Chapron, Darren, Saoutchik and Figoni and Falaschi.

In an unusual move, a collector of rare cars commissioned Rolls-Royce to craft another one-off, the first custom body for production the British marque has created in something like seven decades. And it is more than just some fancy sheet metal on a Phantom platform.

Elegant Design!

The British maker isn’t saying much about who commissioned the Sweptail, though it appears to be someone especially fond of the brand who lives a life of extreme elegance, with yachts, aircraft and plenty of high-line automobiles. The Sweptail takes that up a notch.

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Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este

Enchanted April, unsurpassable automobiles.

by on Apr.30, 2009

Enchanted April, at least along Italy's Lake Como, means one of the world's most heralded classic car shows, the Concorso d'Eleganza Villa d'Este

Enchanted April, at least along Italy's Lake Como, means one of the world's most heralded classic car shows, the Concorso d'Eleganza Villa d'Este

There’s something about spring in Northern Italy that makes you feel like you’ve stepped onto a movie set.  Maybe it’s the soft light or the gentle breeze as our boat slowly rounds a bend on Lake Como and the lush grounds of Villa d’Este suddenly come into sight.

At first, the palatial hotel, with its trompe l’oeil columns, dominates the vista, but as we draw closer, we remember the reason we’re here, dozens of classic cars sprawling across the estate’s grounds.

The Concorso Eleganza Villa d’Este is neither the first classic car show of the season, nor the largest.  But it is perhaps the most charming and delightful, a setting even more lovely than the grounds of Pebble Beach and a collection of rare and amazing automobiles that few, if any, other Concours can match.

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