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The Rolls-Royce Boat Tail Needs 5 Computers to Control Its Rear Bodywork

For some, a $356,000 Rolls-Royce Dawn is simply too commonplace. Besides, as lovely as the Dawn is, it doesn’t pay tribute to J-class racing yachts, the most elegant single-masted competition sailboats of the pre-WWII era. And while you could, theoretically, host a picnic from the trunk lid of a Dawn, it would be an uncivilized, déclassé affair.

Good thing, then, that Rolls-Royce has created a new division within the company, Rolls-Royce Coachbuild, to make your wildest one-off vehicular dreams come to life. Witness Coachbuild’s first offering, the Boat Tail.

Inspired by the response to the one-off Rolls-Royce Sweptail of 2017—and, one assumes, by the utter boredom of the absurdly wealthy—Rolls-Royce says the new Coachbuild department “is contemporary patronage in its truest form.”

The Boat Tail’s party piece is that butterfly-hinged two-piece decklid. Finished in Caleidolegno wood veneer, the dual lids open at the touch of a button to reveal “an intricate and generous hosting suite,” per Rolls-Royce’s press release. What’s under there? Why, a double champagne refrigerator, of course, with custom-formed clasps to fit the specific vintage that the customer who ordered this behemoth prefers. For the full story, check out this article from Road & Track.

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