Rolls-Royce unveiled what could be the most expensive new car ever sold. But even if you can afford the multimillion-dollar price tag, don't bother — there is only one, and it's off the market.
Rolls said the car, revealed Saturday, was tailor-made for one of its top customers. The company won't confirm the price, but CEO Torsten Müller-Ötvös said it is "substantially expensive" and that it is "probably the most expensive new car ever."
The Telegraph in London said the car cost around £10 million, or $12.9 million. (Müller-Ötvös called the report speculation.)
There is constant debate about the most expensive new car ever sold, because there are so many one-off custom cars created with undisclosed prices. However, the Koenigsegg CCXR, at $4.8 million, and the Lamborghini Veneno Roadster, at $4.5 million, would be at or near the top. Classic cars and collector cars sold at auction sell for much more, with the top lots exceeding $30 million.
So what makes this Rolls so pricey?
The company is coy on the technical specs, preferring to focus on design. The unnamed buyer wanted a car inspired by the famed Rolls-Royces of the 1920s and 30s, so it has an imposing grill (the largest of any modern Rolls) and a swooping back end — hence the car's name, the "Sweptail."
Rolls says the owner is also a "connoisseur and collector of 'luxury cars, super
The most striking feature is the giant, glass panoramic roof, which is shaped like a boat when seen from a bird's eye view.
The rear of the car was inspired by "the world of racing yachts," so there are no visible panel lines and a yacht-like deck.
The buyer picked special fabrics and materials for the interior, like ebony and
In the past, Rolls-Royce has had several customers approach it about creating one-of-a-kind builds. But this is the only one the company has done so far.
"It needs the teaming of the right individuals to do it," Müller-Ötvös says. "For