Could this be a successor to the Rolls-Royce Sweptail?
The all-new Rolls-Royce Ghost will make its world debut next month, but this might not be the only new model the luxury automaker is currently working on. A video posted by Instagram page CocheSpias appears to show a prototype of a mysterious one-off Rolls-Royce model being tested on a public highway.
Thick layers of camouflage cover up the body and fake panels disguise the body style. At first glance, the one-off Rolls-Royce looks like a shooting brake, but that could be the fake body panels deceiving us. Sadly, the blurry quality of the video leaves a lot to be desired, but we can still see the front end is unmistakably a Rolls-Royce.
Potentially, we could be looking at a successor to the one-off Rolls-Royce Sweptail. Unveiled back in 2017, the Rolls-Royce Sweptail is a bespoke one-off creation inspired by classic Rolls-Royce cars and the wealthy client's yacht collection. It reportedly cost $13 million, so whoever bought this new one-off creation will have also paid an extortionate amount of money for its exclusivity.
This prototype was also spotted just a few weeks after BMW filed a patent for a new mysterious one-off Rolls-Royce model. Coincidence? Possibly not. From the design sketches, the new bespoke Rolls-Royce appears to be based on the Phantom coupe.
Like the Sweptail, some of the design elements are inspired by luxury yachts such as the vaned wood in the trunk area. The design of the Rolls-Royce prototype featured in the video doesn't have much in common with the design sketches in the patent, but it could still be at an early stage of development.
Let's hope it doesn't take too long for Rolls-Royce to get caught testing another prototype with less camouflage before the official reveal. We were expecting the new one-off Rolls-Royce to debut at the Concorso d'Eleganza in Germany, but the event has been delayed until May 2021.