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The Second Rolls-Royce Boat Tail Is a $28 Million Symphony of Brown

Road & Track logo Road & Track 5/20/2022 Mate Petrany

Make a good movie, and you may as well turn it into a trilogy if the studio folks agree, since that’s usually good for business. Rolls-Royce certainly put a lot of effort into creating the Boat Tail series, a special trio more coachbuilt than other luxury cars out there. Of course, saying that this second one is mostly brown doesn't do its exterior justice. Instead, here’s how the Goodwood team describes what’s going on with the shades:

The foundation of the color 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 contrasting cognac-coloured bonnet, created specifically for this Boat Tail, contains fine bronze and gold coloured aluminum mica flakes complete with a layer of crystal and iced matt clear coat, adding significant warmth and depth to the car's appearance. The technical fiber lower sills of Boat Tail incorporate a rose gold woven thread.

Frankly, I would be annoyed as well if my cognac color wasn’t specifically created for my roughly $28 million motorcar. Apparently, the client who commissioned this build has a family business that grew from his father's success in the pearling industry. Rolls-Royce says he also owns “a sizable collection” of classic and modern cars, housed in a dedicated private museum. Let’s hope there’s enough room left for a Boat Tail.

boat tail © Rolls-Royce boat tail

Inside, the cognac and oyster-colored theme continues, with Royal Walnut veneer accented by rose gold and mother-of-pearl accents. Unsurprisingly, the centerpiece on the dashboard is a clock made from mother-of-pearl, chosen and supplied by the client from his own collection.

The most important feature of any Boat Tail is its rear deck, with a butterfly-hinged two-piece decklid that requires five computers to do its magic. This business end is swathed in Royal Walnut as well, a more natural finish that will mature over time. Inside that complex hosting suite, the finest picnic set is inlaid with rose gold-plated pinstripes and a satin-brushed finish.

boat tail © Rolls-Royce boat tail

Of the over 2,000 highly skilled people currently employed at Rolls-Royce, I wonder how many were involved in the factory’s most ambitious trilogy to date. Perhaps that would be a good conversation starter at pubs around the Chichester area.

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