This Teak-Clad Rolls-Royce Dawn Is Fully Customized to Resemble a Yacht

A collaboration with designer Barclay Butera, the one-off convertible is ready for a pleasure cruise…

A regatta-worthy Rolls-Royce, the Nautical Dawn recently sailed from the British marque’s Bespoke division to safe harbor at the 2016 Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance, where its owner took delivery. The yacht-inspired aesthetic running throughout the vehicle was completed in collaboration with Los Angeles–based interior designer Barclay Butera, renowned for his maritime motifs.


The custom-appointed drophead coupe is dressed in traditional seafaring shades, in this case an Arctic White body complemented with a Midnight Sapphire hood—a pairing reflective of whitecaps on the water. The same beautiful blanching saturates the interior, accented with Navy Blue for the hand-wrapped steering wheel and lamb’s wool carpets. The dashboard clock is equally conscripted to the theme, resembling a Rolex Yacht-Master timepiece. And as with any posh pleasure craft, teak plays a prominent role on the deck and inside the cabin in the form of open-pore Canadel paneling. Even the tread-plate bares the brushstrokes of boating—the name “Dawn” is spelled out in signal flags. But as with any Rolls-Royce, regardless of model, the marque’s Spirit of Ecstasy still anchors it all. (rolls-roycemotorcars.com; barclaybutera.com)

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