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Rolls-Royce creates ‘Heaven on Earth’ with new Arcadia Droptail

This is what happens when you let a billionaire member of the international jet-set design their own Rolls-Royce - you get this stunning Arcadia Droptail.


The wood-adorned roadster has been five years in the making, with the preliminary sketches having first been drawn up way back in 2019.

The name Arcadia harks back to a place known in Ancient Greek mythology as ‘Heaven on Earth’.


And with an estimated £20 million plus price tag, the one-off Arcadia Droptail is likely to be THE most expensive new car ever sold.

The first thing that strikes you about the ‘Coachbuild’ car is the use of ‘Santos Straight Grain’ hardwood, which is ‘reflective of the style they (the client) have curated in their residences and business spaces around the world’.


A total of 233 wood pieces were used throughout Droptail, with 76 pieces applied to the yacht-like rear alone.

The customer who splashed-out on the Arcadia Droptail never needs to worry about re-varnishing his automotive ‘decking’ in the future, either, as it has been treated with a bespoke lacquer that’ll last the entire lifetime of the vehicle.


A Rolls-Royce spokesman reveals: “In total, the wood pieces and protective coating required more than 8,000 hours of development.”

The show-stopping Arcadia Droptail features 22-inch alloy wheels that have been fully mirror-polished, while the timepiece on the dash is ‘the most complex Rolls-Royce clock face ever created’ with the assembly alone being a painstaking five-month process.


The minute marker, for example, has been given a special ceramic coating to ensure it stands the test of time.

Powering this distinctive two-seat Roller is a 6.75-litre V12 engine providing power of 593 bhp, while the carbon fibre roof is completely detachable.


Alex Innes, Head of Coachbuild Design, Rolls-Royce Motor Cars, said: “The significance of Rolls-Royce Arcadia Droptail lies in its subtlety. It is a projection of an individual who values clarity and precision in all areas of their life – from their passion for fine cuisine, their highly curated personal and professional spaces and affinity with contemporary design. This motor car is one of the most faithful expressions of an individual’s personal style and sensibilities we have ever created within the Coachbuild department. In capturing their spirit, we reveal a unique appreciation for simplicity, serenity and beautifully restrained elegance – one that was a privilege for me to have been a part of."



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Friday, 17/05/2024