Another Viper Powered RestoMod at the Detroit Autorama: 1930 Rolls-Royce

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The owner of this magnificent restomod wasn’t looking for a tire shredding Rolls-Royce hot rod, built by Ron Sall BodyWerx in Zeeland, Michigan. That’s been done before, more than once. No, he wanted a nice cruiser with modern mechanicals and the look of a classic – and you don’t get any more of a classic look than a prewar Rolls-Royce, in this case a nice two door landau. Other than the headers, which exit the engine covers and then are routed down through the running boards, and the Wilwood disc brakes behind the period correct looking custom Dayton 5″X18″ wire wheels, you’d think it was just another old Roller. The exhaust and brakes are just a hint of what lies beneath – a full custom chassis with a Heidt independent front suspension and a custom four-link rear axle with coilovers. For comfort and convenience, the car has A/C and modern electronics. Also sort of period correct is the Tremec T56 six speed. Of course they didn’t have six speed transmissions in 1930, but they also didn’t have automatic gearboxes, so three pedals sounds right.

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Some folks might be put off by doing this to a classic R-R body but in 1930, many, perhaps most high end cars were sold as rolling chassis and then bodied by a custom coachbuilder. It wasn’t unusual for a chassis to be rebodied. Conversely, it wasn’t completely unheard of for a custom body to be remounted on a more modern chassis. So, in a way, this V10 Viper powered Rolls-Royce is in the spirit of how classic motor cars were made, and remade, back in the day. You can see photos of the build at the Viper Club forum.

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