The Rolls-Royce Boat Tail takes inspiration from a private yacht

Words by
Lisa Barnard

30th May 2022

Revealed at Concorso d'Eleganza, Villa d'Este 2022, on the shores of Lake Como in northern Italy, this remarkable motor car is entirely unique.

The second chapter in the world of the Rolls-Royce Boat Tail is a beautiful thing to behold. SPHERE were fortunate to have a sneak preview at Goodwood before this one-of-a-kind car was unveiled at the Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este 2022.  The car was entirely hand-built, commissioned by a patron of the arts whose family business started in the pearling industry. This limited-edition automobile was inspired by the world of racing yachts. With the same twin-turbo 6.75 litre V12 engine as the Phantom under the hood, the windscreen recalls classic speedboats while the rear ‘deck;’ is covered in Caleidolegno veneer, a material usually applied to the dashboard. In the company’s own words this is ‘a nod to the typical wooden construction of yachts - both old and new’.


The shimmering mother-of-pearl oyster finish with soft rose hues and the contrasting cognac-coloured bonnet are gorgeous to behold and the whole vehicle has a timeless, retro feel to it. The craftsmanship is second to none with iconic Pantheon grille is milled from a single solid billet of aluminium. The private client must have had a lot of fun commissioning it and working with the Rolls-Royce Coachbuild Designers - they clearly have both delicious taste and a palpable sense of fun. We particularly loved the rear deck butterfly design with everything you need for a heavenly picnic,  including a refrigerator designed to hold Armand de Brignac champagne bottles and a fold-out parasol which can be fashioned at any angle. This car will swivel heads wherever it travels.