Rolls-Royce Reveals the Boat Tail, The Most Expensive New Car Ever Built - Oracle Time
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Rolls-Royce Reveals the Boat Tail, The Most Expensive New Car Ever Built

Rolls-Royce Boat Tail

Rolls-Royce have recently revealed details about one of their highly sought after and exclusive bespoke limousines. Known as the Rolls-Royce Boat Tail, it brings back classic design features from the 1930s and includes two custom watches. Oh, and it is probably the most expensive new car ever to have been sold.

The car has been built to the exacting standards of a private client, so the precise amount of money involved isn’t known. However, considering that a similar Rolls-Royce sold in 2017 for $13 million and the current benchmark is $18 million after taxes, set by the Bugatti La Voiture Noir, the Boat Tail has more than a fair shot at claiming the title of most expensive new build in the world.

Rolls-Royce Boat Tail

The 19-foot-long vehicle is based on Rolls’ most cutting-edge aluminium spaceframe chassis, created for the latest Phantom and Ghost models. However, the new car has a distinctive tapering rear end that gives the car its name. It’s a style of body work that was popular for a brief period in the 1930s when people would literally attach the rear end of a boat to their vehicles to create a cool, nautically themed car.

In homage to that nautical heritage, the new Rolls has a stunning blue paintwork, with an azure bonnet that fades to a lighter shade along the sides and to black at the front. In fact, Rolls-Royce have even deviated from the traditional silver pantheon grille to blend it with the colour-scheme and make it a real focus point for the vehicle. The exterior of the car is finished by a convertible roof and additional detachable carbon-fibre piece that turns the four-seater into a sleek coupe.

Rolls-Royce Boat Tail

The less-than-subtle luxury continues inside with custom champagne cabinets, a fully-functional fridge, a full set of Christofle Paris cutlery and dining gear. Most excitingly, the car comes with two bespoke his and hers timepieces created especially by Bovet to pair with the Boat Tail. The reversable watches feature custom engravings of the stars above the client’s place of birth. There is also a dashboard slot for one of them, turning it into the vehicle’s onboard clock.

Watches are such an important part of the client’s life that Rolls-Royce have also created a bespoke titanium drawer to hold their wristwatch while they drive – so that the weight of the watch on their wrist doesn’t affect the light steering or driving experience. It’s not a problem I’ve ever really had, but then I don’t own a Roller the size and shape of a small yacht.

Rolls-Royce Boat Tail

There are so many cool features to this car that I haven’t even had time to mention the parasol that can be set up out of the boot to provide additional shade. The Rolls-Royce Boat Tail is a veritable batmobile of hidden compartments and honestly, you’d need an income similar to Bruce Wayne’s to afford it.

More details at Rolls-Royce.

About the author

Michael Sonsino

As Junior Content Producer for Oracle Time, Michael needs an eye for detail, which makes it a good thing that his twin joys in life are miniatures and watches. While a relative newcomer to the magazine, he's nonetheless a lifelong fan of fine timepieces, especially those of a more historic nature - if it has a twist of Art Deco, all the better.

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