A Few Reasons the Superstar Simply Had to Have the New $28 Million Rolls-Royce Boat Tail
Rolls-Royce has unveiled its most expensive car ever: The $28 million Boat Tail. And it’s not just a mode of transport but rather a destination, according to the venerable British automaker.
Built by the newly revived “Coachbuilding” division of Rolls-Royce, the Boat Tail comprises a mix of design inspirations, including the classic 1932 Rolls-Royce Boat Tail model as well as the J-Class yachts (hence, the boat part). The original Boat Tail was an important model in the company’s history given the fact that it was created in 1932 at the very dawning of the auto industry.
Not only does the new car honor the first Boat Tail model, but the customization options for the new version are in and of themselves legendary.
Coachbuilding itself is considered a part of Rolls-Royce/automotive history. At its height it was a practice that allowed buyers to customize their automobile to their own whims. Coachbuilding, which involved months – or even years – of work on a particular automobile, all but disappeared after World War II and was only revived in 2018 so that Rolls could serve a very special class of customer.
So much detail goes into every new Boat Tail that we don’t have room to outline all of it here. But suffice it to say that the car’s body is spectacular – and that’s just for starters. It appears to be a singular clear, glass-like surface with zero breaks, almost like a liquid surface.
The sailing boat theme emerges at the rear of the car where, with the press of a button, a deck opens in a “theatrically sweeping butterfly form” to reveal an intricate hosting suite complete with a bespoke champagne chest, two bottles of Armand de Brignac vintage cuvée, caviar and blinis. Finally, cocktail tables open on either side of the deck providing access to a pair of picnic stools.
Here are seven random facts about the Rolls-Royce Boat Tail that you might not know:
1. Jay-Z and Beyonce bought one.
A recent report in the British newspaper the Telegraph indicates that the power couple bought a bespoke Boat Tail with “detailing to match their favorite things.” Those details are currently unknown but the couple is known to like a good picnic and the Boat Tail comes with that rear deck that dramatically opens with butterfly-like wings to reveal bar stools and a cocktail table. That particular Boat Tail is said to include a refrigerator that is set at six degrees Centigrade- the same temperature required to store a bottle of Armand de Brignac – Jay-Z and Beyonce’s favorite beverage.
2. The Boat Tail is painted in oceanic blue color
in honor of the J-Class racing yachts that partly inspired the design. This particular oceanic blue is especially gorgeous because it is imbued with crystals that highlight the car’s look via changing lights. Additionally, the grille is flanked by curved slim LED browlines accompanied by round LED headlights beneath.
3. The interior is like a jewel box.
Literally. The dashboard was designed by the ultra high-end Swiss luxury watch brand BOVET 1822, which also created the dashboard dials with the Guilloché technique that is used for jewelry and wristwatch design. The dashboard also includes two reversible timepieces. These clocks took a total of three years to be constructed and can be used in the dashboards, as a conventional clock or as a wristwatch.
4. There’s a pen.
Rolls-Royce has also included a special Montblanc pen within a leather-and-aluminum case snuggled in the car’s glove box.
5. There’s an umbrella.
A Rolls-Royce signature umbrella sits inside the door for handy use in case of a downpour.
6. It’s the ultimate tailgater car.
The high-end Hosting Suite makes the Tail Boat “a destination” as the company notes – rather than just a means of travel. The Hosting Suite holds that full set of items for a picnic or other outing under a deck that sweeps up butterfly style with the push of a button. Looking a little closer you’ll notice the suite alone has its own dedicated nine ECUs and special wiring and it includes two high-power refrigerators, drink holders and many other items.
7. If you’re roughing it you don’t even need to bring the butler.
There’s cutlery and silverware, soft towels and bottles of top notch champagne that come with the car (chilled to perfection of course). And so you can rest after a full day there’s also two sets of carbon fiber chairs. Ah, the good life!
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