Three of Rolls-Royce’s clients have paid to get a yacht-like experience on dry land. The Boat Tail project was commissioned four years ago and the customers have been close loop and paid attention to detail on what they desire in their Rolls-Royce
Rolls-Royce has taken the wraps off the Boat Tail shortly after it announced its coachbuilding division. We can not address the Boat Tail as a bespoke model, as Rolls-Royce has made three examples of this exquisite land yacht. However, each of the vehicles has been treated and build in a manner to exhibit exclusivity more in line with the customer’s taste.
These coach builds have been commissioned by three of Rolls-Royce’s clients four years ago and they have been involved in every development stage of their respective cars. Rolls-Royce says the coachbuilders have tried their best to embody the client’s character and personality into their respective Boat Tail – and they have been mighty successful in the translation. Rolls-Royce also tells us that one of the clients has a 1932 Rolls-Royce Boat Tail, that has been restored just in time for their modern Boat Tail’s completion.
The idea for the Boat Tail has been inspired by the J-class yachts and that is evident in its swooping-back design. The front is unmistakable Rolls-Royce that gets the company’s iconic grille-design, flanked by the slim LED lamps followed by the circular headlamp design depicting the iconic Rolls-Royce fascia. And yes, the Spirit Of Ecstacy takes the centre stage on these three bespoke. The windscreen has been wrapped around resembling a visor observed on a yacht.
The rear end is where you observer the shoulder line slopes downward and the boot-lid of the Boat Tail has been made out of the wood – just like a deck on luxury yachts. The rear houses a set of tail lamps that replicate a stern of a yacht. The roof of this Boat Tail slopes downward and the B-pillar incorporates a flying buttress design. However, when the roof is removed, a temporary tonneau is stowed for static transitory shelter.
One of the clients is a passionate pen collector and Rolls-Royce has handcrafted an aluminium case wrapped in leather with an exclusive Montblanc pen and hushed it into the glove compartment. The instrument panel dials are crafted in a decorative technique named Guilloché, a term commonly used in the workshops of fine jewellers and watchmakers.
The lower half of the cabin and the floor gets wooden finish replicating a hull of a boat, the designers have matched the 55-degree angle appearing uniform when looked up from either side. The center of the dashboard gets a (removable) BOVET 1822 timepieces specifically commissioned by the client for Boat Tail. The Boat Tail gets a thin two-tone steering wheel that helps the driver manoeuvre this 5.8 metre long land yacht.
The engine that powers the Boat Tail is still kept a secret, however, we believe it is the same 6.75-litre V12 unit that powers the Phantom VIII, Ghost and the Cullinan. The unveiling of Boat Tail confirms the company’s re-establishment of its coachbuilding department and more such projects or “personalisation” are expected in the future.