Exactly a year ago, Rolls-Royce unveiled the stunning $28 million Boat Tail. Rumor has it that the bespoke Rolls-Royce handcrafted by the skilled craftsmen of the automaker’s exclusive Coachbuild division can only be described as one of the most stunning automotive creations ever made. The British luxury carmaker has now followed it up with the second of three Boat Tails which made its public debut last weekend at the 2022 Concorso d’Eleganza, Villa d’Este in Italy. The second Boat Tail, called “the second chapter” by Rolls-Royce, features the same nautical design theme as the first version, which includes overall shape and styling. However, it gets a very unique spec that draws on its owner’s family history in the pearling industry.
The mysterious owner of the convertible model is described as “cosmopolitan in taste and influence” and has a private museum which houses an extensive collection of cars. The Boat Tail is said to be a tribute to his father who started the family business in the pearling industry. One of the highlights of the second Boat Tail is its unique two-tone exterior paint job which is inspired by four pearl shells that were presented to the automaker by the owner from his personal collection. It is described by Rolls-Royce as the most complex finish ever developed by its Bespoke division. The main shade of the stunning paint scheme is a mix of oyster and soft pink with large flakes of bronze and white mica. The flakes give the paint a shimmering pearlescent effect that seems to change color in different lighting conditions.
The Boat Tail cowl is finished in a darker, contrasting cognac shade that is infused with bronze and gold aluminum mica flakes and glazed with a crystal and glossy matte clearcoat. The darker tone matches the brown fabric top of the folding roof. Additionally, the owner opted for Royal Walnut veneer for the aft deck due to its maturing capabilities. According to Rolls-Royce, the tonal quality of the wood will naturally evolve over time to match the cognac color of the hood. The Spirit of Ecstasy hood ornament and pinstripe on the rear deck lids also feature a rose gold finish to complement the main exterior trim hue. Additionally, the carbon fiber trim pieces are also woven with rose gold thread.
Much like the first Boat Tail, Rolls-Royce’s latest creation also features an intricate accommodation suite hidden under wooden aft deck lids. It comes with the highest quality essentials for festive occasions and outdoor dining. To match the overall theme of the car, the elements are finished in rose gold. Inside, the cabin matches the exterior perfectly by sporting the same rose gold and cognac color scheme. The transmission tunnel is made of pinstriped walnut wood, while the gauges and control knobs all feature genuine mother-of-pearl inlays. In fact, the removable dashboard clock is made from an owner-supplied piece of pearl.
“Each Rolls-Royce Coachbuild commission is, of course, incredibly special; but in this case there was an added depth of feeling,” said Alex Innes, head of body design at Rolls-Royce. “To create an automobile in honor of the father and family history of a revered customer is an extraordinary privilege. a responsibility that we take very seriously. The sponsor’s deep-rooted connection to Boat Tail is inspiring – the result goes far beyond a means of transportation to become, quite literally, a moving work of art. Much like the first Boat Tail, Rolls-Royce declined to reveal the identity of the owner of the second Boat Tail model. Interestingly, RR also kept the price a secret this time around. The first carried a price tag of $28 million and we expect the second model to be the same price as well.