Number two of the three Coachbuild commissions will break cover at Villa d'Este 2022.
The Rolls-Royce Boat Tail made its first appearance last year at the Concorso d'Eleganza Villa d'Este as a coach-built luxury convertible that takes full advantage of the current Architecture of Luxury modular platform. This is a layout currently being applied to products such as the Rolls-Royce Phantom, Cullinan, and Ghost.
This car was shrouded in mystery when the question regarding who commissioned it was asked, but before we can get an official answer on that, the company has already stated that the second of the three planned units will soon be uncovered.
Rolls-Royce confirms that the second Boat Tail will be taking to the stage at this year's Villa d'Este, in Lake Como. This year's show will be a little earlier with the dates already being diarized for May 20-22.
While we don't know whether the upcoming Boat Tail will be any different, the bespoke build we were shown last year was marked as a pivotal moment for the brand. Rolls-Royce explains that the creation was a demonstration of its commitment to coachbuilding via its Bespoke division and that it would be a central part of its future direction and portfolio.
Although it is a contemporary trade, the brand states that coachbuilding will continue to be accelerated with the first rendition of this division being the Sweptail which was debuted at the 2017 Villa d'Este. The Boat Tail was built by hand and is a one-of-a-kind creation with regards to the exterior and interior design. It was among several stunning one-off builds made in 2021.
Regarding the Boat Tail's first debut, Torsten Muller-Otvos, Chief Executive Officer for Rolls-Royce said: "It is a truly historic moment for the marque. We are leading a modern coachbuilding movement that takes the wider luxury industry into an entirely different space, where hyper-personalization and contemporary patronage provide essentially limitless possibilities."
The custom model measures 19-feet long and has been put together with the finest materials. At the front, the design employs a wrap-around windscreen with a rearward leaning A-pillar while at the rear, a horizontal emphasis is portrayed with wide, deep-set lamps which is a break from the expected vertical Rolls-Royce lamp design cue.