It is not known who the “select few” are, or indeed what their nautical riff on the best car in the world cost, and RR definitely isn’t saying. But we do know the car you see here was commissioned by “a globally successful couple” who already own Rolls-Royces including a 1932 Rolls Boat Tail which they restored. They are into J-class yachts but also Bovet timepieces and grand cru champagnes and elements of all these things have been incorporated into the car.
The other two yet-to-be-built Boat Tails promise to be equally personalised to the owners’ likes and whims. What the trio share is the same 5.8m long two-door convertible body with a removable hardtop.
Those tapering, yacht-like lines, distinctly un-Rolls-Royce like, are rendered in hand-beaten aluminium, stretched over an aluminium spaceframe architecture. There is a donor car involved somewhere in here but what it is Rolls isn’t saying, and so much has changed it’s probably academic anyway. It does say that each Boat Tail has more than 1800 newly designed parts in it.
Beyond the shared body design and powertrain pretty much anything goes and in this first example, it definitely goes with the sound of a popping champagne cork.