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Photo of the week for Car of the Week: Yacht on wheels with canopy and champagne fridge

“Given history, custom bodywork has been an integral part of the entire Rolls-Royce story,” explains Frank Timan on behalf of the automaker. The self-supporting structures of modern cars, which for decades had replaced the original engineering with a support frame, suppressed the craft of classic chassis.

However, Rolls has designed its aluminum frame for modern models so customers aren’t content to play with the colors and materials within the Bespoke program. “Rolls-Royce Coachbuild means returning to our brand’s roots. It allows a select few individuals to create truly unique and personal contracts of future historical significance.”

The first attempt in the modern era was the unique Sweptail introduced in 2017. Designers have worked on this unique piece that an enthusiastic customer has ordered for several years. Real artwork created on wheels. The great thing about all of this is that Sweptel Just not idle in the garage, its owner uses it really intensely. At that time it was the most expensive car in the world (I see it here).

“Rolls-Royce listens carefully to their closest customers, who have all expressed a desire to deepen their relationship with the brand by claiming personalized combinations for true luxury,” says Tiemann.

And so at Goodwood they decided to create a whole custom program that specialized in such conversions. They called it Rolls-Royce Coachbuild. The first part is the tail of the boat. “It’s the culmination of four years of cooperation with three of our best customers,” says the automaker. “Rolls-Royce Coachbuild customers personally share in detail all steps of the creation and design process.”

“A total of 1,813 new parts were created specifically for these cars,” Rolls-Royce says. Rolls-Royce says the initial stage of designing the car before production began took a total of more than 20 years.

It took only eight months to redesign the bodywork. “Since the inception of the car project, a custom Rolls-Royce sound system with 15 speakers has been envisioned, as always, but the space frame architecture has been used in a different way. For cars from the current Rolls-Royce range, specially designed parts of the thresholds are used. As resonant chambers for the subwoofers of the sound system. In the case of the boat tail model, the entire floor construction is used, “Tiemann describes.

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Five new electronic control units have been installed for the rear of the same cab. This step required an overhaul of the wiring harness, which took nine months. The tail of the boat has also undergone extensive testing in the temperature range from -20 ° C to +80 ° C and is identical to normal operation.


The yachts were the inspiration for the three cars, as their name suggests (boat tail). Dimensions correspond to this, and this navy blue convertible Bonvivan is approximately 5.9 meters in length.

“From the side, signals to marine navigation are clearly visible. The windshield extending to the sides resembles the protective shield of an engine boat, while the slightly inclined column A, along with the large mass measured on the bow and the tapered stern, is a gesture resembling a motorboat with a bow Pointing up in full force. The rising line at the bottom of the body creates a graceful impression and at the same time serves as a historical reference for the traditional design steps of the Rolls-Royce brand, “Frank Timan calculates interesting details.

At the stern of the ship, signals to sail are more pronounced. “The aft deck, a modern interpretation of the wooden surfaces at the stern of the historic boat’s tail, is littered with wood,” he says. And draws attention to the use of natural veneers; Black gray material with open pores has been modified to withstand weather, as it is usually used in indoor spaces only.

The deep taillights then evoke the submerged stern and the engine-boat bow at full throttle in flight on the surface.

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At the luxury brand, they play with literally every detail and, at the instigation of customers, they deal with disciplines that the average human being cannot think of. For example, they describe the Boat Tail’s color rendering: for the first time under the Rolls-Royce brand, the hand-drawn hood uses a color gradient, here in a blue gradient, from a relatively faded dark blue that gradually transitions to the grille. , But informal aesthetics with an emphasis on overall volume when viewed from the front.

Inside, the hood color scheme is mirrored in the leather upholstery of the front seats, which are shrouded in navy blue, while the rear seats are upholstered in a lighter color. The leather has a soft metallic luster and matches the brushed exterior, while the sophisticated stitching and edges are done in a dark blue, preceded by the flight chronometer hands. At a 55-degree angle, shiny blue fibers with subtle orientation are woven into technical fiber elements at the bottom of the body, which resemble a trail in water behind a passing boat.

The circular indicators on the dashboard are decorated with the Guilloché decorative technique, which we encounter more often in the workshops of the best goldsmiths and watchmakers. The sleek two-tone steering wheel with a relatively thin rim also matches the color of the specially designed vehicle.

The specific tactile qualities of a Caleidolengo veneer with open pores are also displayed in the cabin. The anthracite-colored veneer lends modern strength and depth to balance the softness of the light blue color with a metallic sheen. Wood in the lower part of the cabin and floor space resembles the shapes of wooden structures; The perfect alignment, again at a 55-degree angle along the axis, is to ensure a uniform look when viewed from both sides.

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The traditional element of modern rolls are boxes for storing canopies in the door. The boat tail adds specialty in the shape of a canopy.

When the button is pressed, the deck opens like a fluttering butterfly. The complex mechanism was inspired by the idea of ​​cantilevered beams, which was researched by the famous architect Santiago Calatrava. “The central hinge mechanism, when opened, exhibits a synchronized movement reminiscent of a ballerina’s dance and reveals a box of moving parts that adapt to a precise 15-degree angle,” says Timan. It houses a picnic group. One side is for appetizers, and the other for cooking, including the “boat tail” engraved tableware.

“For this purpose, a dual-storage refrigerator for Armand de Brignac, a popular brand for customers, was developed,” says Timan. It cools to exactly six degrees, which should be ideal for serving this selected wine.

On either side, the ‘Hosting Suite’ sets up the coffee tables with an elegant rotating motion (which should remind the server’s width) while simultaneously making it possible to access two ultra-modern chairs.

And detailing at the end. “Pens are collected from customer interests. In the practical box of the Boat Tail model – in an inconspicuously placed case, handcrafted in aluminum and leather – we find a distinctive Montblanc pen,” Frank Timman describes.

Did you notice that you didn’t say a word about technology? This isn’t very important in the Rolls-Royce universe. Everyone knows only that it is top notch and performance is sufficient. But for the sake of completeness: there are twelve cylinders under the hood.