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February 29, 2024

Rolls-Royce Reveals Unique Arcadia Droptail Roadster

The one-off commission, reportedly priced at $25m, looks like a superyacht inside and out.

By Alex Martin

Rolls-Royce Motor Cars has revealed its latest coachbuilt creation. Coined Arcadia, the new Droptail roadster is the third of four bespoke commissions, following La Rose Noire and Amethyst.

Each Droptail has reportedly cost $25m, for which each customer has been able to completely customize every aspect of the car’s interior and exterior. Rolls-Royce presented the new Arcadia Droptail to the mystery millionaire (or perhaps, billionaire) buyer at a private ceremony in Singapore.

For the rest of us, there are just some high-quality renderings to enjoy, detailing the ridiculous levels of craftsmanship and working hours that went into another stunning example of coachbuilding. More understated than previous iterations, Arcadia’s white exterior and wood-paneled interior lend it a distinct nautical look.

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Rolls-Royce Arcadia
The Rolls-Royce Arcadia is the third of four bespoke Droptail commissions / ©Rolls-Royce Motor Cars
Rolls-Royce Arcadia
The Droptail is Rolls-Royce’s first-ever roadster body / ©Rolls-Royce Motor Cars

The understated style reflects the buyer’s personal tastes, who is said to have instilled their own “codes of luxury, defined by purity and subtle restraint,” into the car’s design.

Alex Innes, head of coachbuild design at Rolls-Royce 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. In capturing their spirit, we reveal a unique appreciation for simplicity, serenity, and beautifully restrained elegance.”

This is Rolls-Royce, of course, so take “restrained” with a heavy pinch of salt. For example, the exterior color is not just white. Designers fused the white paint with aluminum and glass particles, creating an effervescent shimmer as it drives past. The carbon fiber on the lower sections of the car also has a bespoke silver color, separating it from its two predecessors.

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The interiors are said to be a true personal statement of the client’s personal signature / ©Rolls-Royce Motor Cars
Rolls-Royce Arcadia
The two-tone leather is exclusive to this Rolls-Royce / ©Rolls-Royce Motor Cars
Wood detailing inside Rolls-Royce
The wood detailing inside the Rolls-Royce Arcadia Droptail / ©Rolls-Royce Motor Cars

Inside, Rolls-Royce designed specific hues of tan and white leather for this car. While both colors will remain in the Rolls-Royce archive, the British marque won’t use them in another car other than one ordered by the client. The two-tone leather colors perfectly complement the wood detailing, selected to match the owner’s favorite coffee table.

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With the client intent on using the car internationally, Rolls-Royce created its own lacquer that protects it from the vigours of humidity for a lifetime.

For this commission, Rolls-Royce also had to dip into the world of haute horology. The car’s clock is the most complex Rolls-Royce has ever conceived. It took clockmakers five months to construct following two years of development. The clock incorporates a geometric guilloché pattern in raw metal with 119 facets, including hours markers just 0.1mm thick.

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Rolls Royce clock
The clock took five months to construct / ©Rolls-Royce Motor Cars

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