Jay-Z may be the ultimate New Yorker, but that hasn’t stopped him from embracing the California lifestyle. Just look at the latest (reported) addition to the car collection he and Beyoncé are building.
That vehicle, if a report from the UK’s Daily Telegraph is to be believed, is none other than the completely bespoke Rolls-Royce Boat Tail. This isn’t just any custom ride, either, as the picnic-friendly convertible is believed to be the most expensive new car of all time.
Rolls-Royce’s coachbuilt Boat Tail raised eyebrows as much for its price tag as its luxury at its unveiling last week, and now we know who it might belong to.
Despite the wealth of luxury car manufacturers out there that would have you believe their cars are practically hand-wrought with nothing more than hand-beaten metal and freshly-slaughtered leather, the fact remains that even the most high-end cars are now subject to a production process comparable to that of a Hyundai.
Sure, you might get a bit more finesse with the finishing on a super car, and maybe some hand-stitched seats, but very few cars these days can claim to being truly ‘coach-built’ like they were at the turn of last century.
This is something that Rolls-Royce sought to change back in 2017 with the introduction of the Sweptail: a one-of-one car that was pretty much hand-made from start to finish and envisaged to re-introduce the art of coachbuilding into the age of modern luxury.
Now, four years later, they’ve one-upped themselves with their first coach-built car since then: one that takes inspiration from another industry with a strong, yet small, collective of artisans making objects of timeless beauty: the marine industry.
The Boat Tail, named after the sweeping rear end that’s plain for all to see, is the culmination of four years of design and manufacturing work from the marque’s most skilled workers, inspired by a one-off car from 1932, also named the Boat Tail.
The announcement of the Boat Tail also brought with it the announcement of Rolls-Royce’s Coachbuild arm as a permanent fixture of the business, creating one-off cars for private clients designed as much to serve as landmarks in Rolls-Royce’s manufacturing history as they are objects of personal pleasure for their eventual owners.
“Rolls-Royce Boat Tail challenges the notion of what a motor car is and creates a new definition of what a motor car means.
Boat Tail exists far beyond a mere means of transport. It is not just the method to reach a destination, but the destination itself.
It is an ambition realised with a remarkable cohort of women and men who empowered the marque to create a concept of extraordinary scope.
Custom built from start to finish, the Boat Tail is an instrument of pure pleasure, from the instantly recognisable front end to the unique wood-decked tail, inspired by the aft deck of classic motor yachts, which opens to reveal a hosting suite with a champagne fridge, a telescopic parasol, and a pair of stools designed by Rolls-Royce and created by Italian furniture maker Promemoria.
More than 1300 parts were custom-created to bring the boat tail to life, with more than 20 years of collective time taken to design and build the final product — something reflected in its reported price tag.
While the price of building the car hasn’t been disclosed, it’s rumoured to be somewhere in the region of $36 million AUD, making it by far the most expensive new car ever made.
But who could afford such a thing? It’s fairly natural to assume that such a car would probably end up in the private collection of an Emirati oil baron.
But if reports from the states are to be believed, it may well have a more high-profile owner in the form of Hov himself, who along with his wife Beyonce are thought to have commissioned the car.
It’s a rumour worth taking with a grain of salt, given that it came from an anonymous source who spoke to British newspaper The Telegraph. But if they have indeed come into ownership of the vehicle, we’ll undoubtedly find out one of these days.
To take a further tour of the car, head to Rolls Royce’s website.
This article originally appeared on GQ Australia | Author: Brad Nash
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