Rolls-Royce is developing a second ultra-low-volume model with bespoke bodywork.
The car is planned for the "near future", according to design chief Giles Taylor, and follows the one-off Sweptail model shown at the Villa d'Este concours event in Italy last year.
Taylor implies that there could be more than one example of this next model, although the number will be in the low single figures.
The company is exploring models with hand-beaten bodywork as part of its fast-growing bespoke business, says Rolls-Royce boss Torsten Müller-Ötvös, with the department now staffed with more than 100 designers, engineers, customer liaison staff and more.
“It's the future of luxury,” he says. “People don't want something others can get. They want something very unique. We've invested quite a lot in this. Bespoke is very important - without it, we wouldn't sell as many cars.”
One of the challenges of making panel-beaten bodies is “having the capacity to do it”, Müller-Ötvös adds, because these skills are hard to find. A promising solution “is 3D printing of panels”.