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Is the Rolls Royce Boat Tail the most expensive car ever built?

The Rolls Royce Boat Tail is every car-lover’s dream.

Custom-made for each driver, the ludicrously opulent Rolls Royce Boat Tail has no price tag.

Some estimates place the cost at $36 million, while others claim it’s much higher.

“It is a hand-built Rolls-Royce in the truest sense of the world,” a spokesperson said at the car’s debut.

“You can build 100-meter superyachts quicker than this car, which is entirely fabricated by hand.”

When they say “by hand” they really mean it. Craftspeople use fingered gloves to soften the Rolls Royce Boat Tail’s wet paint and hand-hammer the body to form.

Inside the Rolls Royce Boat Tail

It is a spectacular-looking car, filled with the finest of details.

The name Boat Tail comes from the transforming rear “deck”. Drives press a button to shift the synchronised butterfly panels at the back of the car 15 degrees skyward, revealing a temperature-controlled, colour-matched champagne refrigerator and engraved Christofle silver cutlery.

The Rolls Royce Boat tail even has a cocktail table, stools and a parasol tucked inside.

Rolls Royce Boat Tail
Credit: Rolls Royce

The bespoke BOVET watch

This week Rolls Royce announced a partnership with 200-year-old Swiss watchmaker BOVET.

Drivers can now add a unique reversible BOVET watch housed in a patented titanium Amadeo case to the front dash. Each watch can be used as a pendant or a desk clock. A drawer underneath the Rolls-Royce Boat Tail case houses the straps as well as a second timepiece, chains and pendants.

The mans’ watch features an aventurine dial with a depiction of the night sky on the night of his birth. The ladies watch features a miniature painting of a bouquet of flowers.

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