Rolls-Royce reveals second bespoke Boat Tail


Rolls-Royce unveiled the first Boat Tail last year — a commission for a “successful couple” whose request was to “show (us) something I have never seen before.”


  • What is the theme of Rolls-Royce's second Boat Tail commission?

    The second Boat Tail commission of Rolls-Royce draws heavy inspiration from pearls.
  • Who supplied the mother-of-pearl used in this Boat Tail's timepiece?

    The mother-of-pearl in this Boat Tail's dashboard timepiece was chosen and supplied by the client from his own collection.
  • Just recently, the British luxury car brand announced the second chapter of the Boat Tail Coachbuild Commission. This time, it's a project for a patron whose family business has grown from his father's origins in the pearling industry. This second Boat Tail was created by Rolls-Royce’s client in homage to his father and family heritage.

    “Every Rolls-Royce Coachbuild commission is, of course, incredibly special; but in this case, there was an additional depth of feeling. Creating a motor car in honor of a revered client’s father and family history is an extraordinary privilege; a responsibility that we took very much to heart. The commissioning patron's deep-rooted connection to Boat Tail is an inspiration — the result far exceeds a means of conveyance to become, quite literally, a moving work of art,” said Rolls-Royce Motor Cars Head of Coachbuild Design Alex Innes.

    According to Rolls-Royce, Boat Tail Number Two was ordered by a customer who is “widely traveled, internationally educated, and cosmopolitan in his tastes and influences.” He is also an “established patron of the arts, who additionally owns a sizeable collection of classic and modern cars, housed in a dedicated private museum.”

    The Goodwood-based luxury carmaker adds that this Boat Tail reflects this Rolls-Royce’s client’s level of sophistication and extensive knowledge of luxury.


    The exterior finish of this Boat Tail was inspired by pearl shells and is a “shimmering blend of oyster and soft rose, with large white and bronze mica flakes adding a unique pearlescent quality that changes subtly under different light conditions.” The bonnet of the Boat Tail, on the other hand, is finished in cognac — created specifically for this commission — and contains fine bronze and gold-colored aluminum mica flakes complete with a layer of crystal and iced matte clear coat.


    In addition, the Spirit of Ecstacy atop the car’s Pantheon Grille is fashioned in rose gold. Likewise, its technical fiber lower sills feature a rose gold woven thread.


    The rear of this Boat Tail is finished in Royal Walnut veneer, inlaid with rose gold-plated pinstripes with a satin-brushed finish. Per the British car company, the Royal Walnut veneer on the vehicle’s rear was specifically selected by the client “for its beautiful properties as it matures over time.”

    Inside this Boat Tail are similar accents such as cognac and oyster-colored leather as well as Royal Walnut veneer, with rose gold and mother-of-pearl trims throughout. The leather inside the cabin is adorned with a pearlescent finish while the Royal Walnut veneer features rose gold pinstripes.


    At the dashboard is a timepiece made from mother-of-pearl, chosen and supplied by the client from his own collection.

    “Boat Tail is a step-change in ingenuity and creative liberty. Building a motor car by hand offers a new realm of exploration and possibility: we can accomplish things and resolve challenges that normal industrialized methods would prohibit. This is the tale of two worlds: a modern motor car of contemporary design, made possible by historical techniques and time-honored craft. It is truly, one of a kind,” said Innes.

    Photos from Rolls-Royce

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