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Revealed: Rolls-Royce's nautical-inspired custom Boat Tail car complete with an 'aft deck'

27 May 2021• Written by Olivia Michel

After nearly four years in production, Rolls-Royce has unveiled its newest Boat Tail model. 

The company said the car is “inspired by a deep appreciation of contemporary nautical design as seen in J-Class yachts.”

The model was developed within the new Rolls-Royce coachbuild department, which allows clients to work together with the manufacturer to custom-build a bespoke car entirely to their wishes. 

Rolls-Royce chief executive Torsten Müller-Ötvös described the coachbuild process as an “inimitable opportunity to commission a product of future historical significance.”

He added: “Today marks a seminal moment for the house of Rolls-Royce. We are proud to unveil Rolls-Royce Boat Tail to the world, and with it, the confirmation of coachbuilding as a permanent fixture within our future portfolio.”

The owners of this particular model are repeat customers of the Rolls-Royce brand, who already own a 1932 Rolls-Royce Boat Tail which was restored in time for their modern Boat Tail’s completion.

At nearly 5.8 metres long, the Boat Tail features completely handcrafted paintwork in a rich, marine-inspired shade of blue. To ensure the smoothest possible application to the exterior, a finger was run over the definitive body line before the paint had fully dried to soften the edges.

A distinctly nautical profile defines the exterior, designed to recall the shape of a motor yacht rising out of the water under power. Other features such as a wrap-around windscreen, unconventional fixed-canopy roof and a wooden “aft deck” recall elements of motor yacht design.

Beneath the rear deck is another unique element of this bespoke car; at the press of a button, butterfly doors open up to reveal storage for a complete hosting suite, equipped for a picnic service. Rolls-Royce described this feature as “the most ambitious automotive concept ever created.”