This beautifully-proportioned, stunning roadster is the latest from Rolls-Royce's Coachbuild division. The Amethyst Droptail, as the one-off car is called, was commissioned by a jeweler collector. It's a pity that a car this good-looking will never be available to the masses. I find the interior a bit gaudy, but the exterior lines are just perfect.
Anyways, here's Rolls-Royce's description of what they were going for:
"Radically Unique Proportions. Rolls-Royce Amethyst Droptail's hand-sculpted form is characterised by a low stance and aerodynamic edges, bestowing the car with a contemporary and architectural presence."
"A removable hard top creates two distinct characters. Without its roof, Amethyst Droptail is a lithe, open-top roadster; with its roof, it is a formidable and dramatic coupé."
"Nautical Contours. Sharing a resemblance to a yacht's jibs, angular sail cowls rise above the doors and gently turn inwards, creating a split-level rear deck that denotes Amethyst Droptail as a strict two-seater when observing its profile."
"The grille surround and vane pieces are partially hand-brushed and partially hand-polished, creating a visible edge, applied with a jewelers' precision. The concept was a suggestion from the client's son, a collector of haute horologerie inspired by the brushed hands of a historically significant piece in his archive."
"Refined Materials In Harmony. The interior is a symphony of fine materials and crafts personally curated by the commissioning client. Rotary dials adorned with rare amethyst cabochons are enhanced by the Calamander Light wood. (The cabochon treatment, whereby a gemstone is shaped into a rounded form rather than faceted, was requested by the client to avoid a conspicuous sparkle.) The contrasting leather, Sand Dunes, was developed specifically to complement the wood's long caramel bands. The primary leather, named Amethyst, harmonises with the exterior surface and is finished with a subtle pearlescent lacquer."
"A Triumph Of Symmetry And Scale. Clean linework and flawless symmetry are high jewellery hallmarks. Rolls-Royce Coachbuild designers translated these themes into the motor car's chevron-style aft deck, applying a new veneering process that blends book-matching with slip-matching techniques to create a repeating grain pattern for an organic and natural look."
"The rear section is the world's only aerodynamically functional wood surface on a new roadgoing motor car. It demanded close collaboration between the marque's aerodynamicists and wood specialists, who experimented with different veneer angles and wood-grain textures. A result of their extraordinary efforts, the deck generates downforce to improve stability at high speeds."
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