Rolls-Royce Droptail: The world’s most expensive car toy

Rolls-Royce Droptail: The world’s most expensive car toy

We’ve already had the opportunity to report twice here about the latest convertible offerings from Rolls-Royce. After the fiery red of La Rose Noire and the purple Amethyst, the British now present the third of the four drops called Arcadia. Not only a legendary name, but also a wonderful description that is perhaps unique in the world of cars.

As always in the coach building department of the English luxury brand, neither customers nor money are negotiable. At least Rolls-Royce provides some information about the customer. The Arcadia Droptail was commissioned by someone who has a strong affinity for architecture and design. His so-called personal luxury numbers would be characterized by subtle purity and restraint. We will leave the matter of hesitation without comment.

Arcadia from Greek mythology

It seems that the wealthy client also has a tendency to history, because the name Arcadia goes back to the mythical kingdom of Arcadia. Ancient Greek mythology describes a country known for its extraordinary natural beauty and perfect harmony. It is depicted as “heaven on earth”.

As a refuge in this story, according to Rolls-Royce, the customer envisioned their Arcadia Droptail as a quiet space characterized by “reduction, material depth and discretion, intended to serve as a refuge from the rigors of their business life.” Coach builders used tropical sky gardens in Singapore, Indonesia and Vietnam as well as British “biomimetic” architecture as a source of inspiration.

It’s not just white

For a third of the four droptail models, a timeless white should be found, which at first glance looks like a simple solid color. However, in certain lighting conditions, aluminum and glass particles should appear in the paint and create a bubbling, three-dimensional shimmer.

Unlike the other three drops, the Arcadia’s carbon fiber lowers are painted Bespoke Silver. This visually raises the car. In contrast, the exterior surrounds of the grille, “set” wing panels and 22-inch alloy wheels have been fully polished to a high gloss.

Unique veneer under the smallest angle

When developing the interior, the focus was on wood. The composition, grain and color should consider the full “richness of the material”. The customer had to share many examples of his preferences and inspiration from the areas of architecture, homes and classic cars with the designers and material experts at Rolls-Royce Coachbuild as a guide. In the end, “Santos Sawa Nafaka” was chosen. Santos Straight Grain has one of the finest grain of all wood types. However, it is very difficult to process.


The technical effort for the wooden interior of the Rolls-Royce Arcadia Droptail can already be seen in the photo.

Despite the challenges of this delicate material, it is used everywhere on the tail – including the aerodynamically active rear deck area. Here the grain of the open-pored veneer was placed at an exact angle of 55°. To achieve the perfect composition in the complex geometry, Rolls-Royce craftsmen used a total of 233 pieces of wood, with 76 pieces placed on the rear deck alone. For protection, a bespoke paint was developed that only needs to be applied once for the life of the car. In total, the wood pieces and the protective coating required more than 8,000 hours of development time.

Custom designed precision watch

Developers put the same amount of effort into the clock, which sits in the middle of the dashboard. This is said to be the most complex Rolls-Royce phone ever created. Parliament alone was a five-month process, preceded by more than two years of development time. This watch features a 119-facet geometric pattern – a symbolic symbol of the brand’s heritage, which dates back 119 years. The dial also includes partially polished, partially split hands with 12 “chaplets” (hour markers), each 0.1mm thick. To ensure timeliness, experts gave each bouquet a grade of filling and coloring by hand using a camera capable of zooming images up to 100 times.

Rolls-Royce Arcadia Droptail


A simple Swiss luxury watch would probably be too out of place on this car. Instead, the British developed their own chronograph masterpiece.

Instead of oiling the minute display, as is customary in watchmaking, Rolls-Royce specialists applied a ceramic coating selected for its durability over time and aesthetic benefits. Small areas of the coating were lasered off to expose the glassy surface of the aluminum base material.

The drive is saved for comparison

Anyone who is still interested in banal topics such as engines or transmissions based on such details can be sure that there is enough power in the Rolls-Royce. All four drops are based on an approximately seven liter V12 with around 600 hp and 900 Newton meters of torque.

Power is sent to all four wheels through an eight-speed automatic transmission. It is doubtful if it will ever use higher gears and not just for racing. After all, these cars are not daily commuters. Instead, they are unique works of art on four wheels that are in the same price range as world famous paintings. Rolls-Royce has never announced how much the droptail will cost. However, the amount of two million numbers will certainly change hands with such an order.

Proud and proud. Plus, it’s even better.Special and excellent technical solutions.

With the latest creation of Arcadia, the British seem to have outdone themselves again. The finest craftsmanship can be expected at every corner of this multi-million dollar conversion. What is known about this model: the best wooden case and the unique precision mechanics in the chronograph.