Rolls-Royce Boat Tail: an open-top, nautical-themed tourer is Rolls-Royce's first properly coachbuilt car since 2017's Sweptail. Image: Rolls-Royce
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Rolls-Royce makes some of the finest cars in the world and it’s a known fact for anyone familiar with the automotive industry. The charm and breathtaking elegance of a Rolls-Royce is sure to behold a person in awe, but few are aware of the process and craftsmanship that goes into sculpturing a single piece of this automotive marvel. One popular yet classic technique recently fully incorporated by the luxurious brand is coachbuilding.

Coachbuilding, for Rolls-Royce, is not a new concept, it has been used in the past to create marques, but the new development makes it an existential part of the new Boat Tail and the luxury cruisers yet to come off the factory floor of Rolls-Royce.

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Rolls-Royce Boat Tail; the latest introduction to the brand’s limited lineup, marks the beginning of a new era for Rolls Royce when it comes to hand-crafted body designs. Coachbuilding at its essence is the art of handcrafting a car’s body design over its chassis and it provides endless possibilities to play with a car’s design. The yacht-inspired Boat Tail is the realistic & contemporary vision of the technique that has taken four years to materialize. However, there is much more to this than meets the eye.

The design that is to be materialized is first drawn by hand to get an accurate picture of what the client wants. It is then handcrafted onto a clay model with minor imperfections streamlined during the process. The whole design is then digitized using modern tools then metal sheets are fused by hand over the clay model to get a pristine realization of the whole dream.

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Such a one-off endlessly handcrafted car project requires years to produce tangible results and the exterior is just one of its many dimensions. Several components need to be specifically made in order to go well with the overall dynamics of the car. An estimated 1813 individual components had to be particularly built from the ground up for the coachbuilt Boat Tail. The same will be the case for any future one-of-a-kind Coachbuilt Rolls-Royce as it will be the embodiment of the brand’s retro yet opulent approach towards luxury cars.

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The revival of rolling chassis in Rolls-Royce’s new Coachbuilding workshop opens up new avenues for the clients to bring forth their dreams before their eyes and experience a never seen or heard-of luxury in the world of lavish cars.

Originally published on Forbes.com

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