Someone decided to turn their 1996 Lincoln Town Car into a Rolls-Royce. The result is, um, unique?
Rolls-Royce stands as one of the most prestigious car marques in the automotive world. For over over a century, the British firm has produced some of the world’s most luxurious and glamorous cars. Even today, under BMW’s wing, Rolls-Royce aims to build what it thinks is “the best car in the world”. This is not one of those cars.
This car is up for sale at Dunn Motor Company, a family-owned dealership in Hendersonville, Tennessee, for the princely sum of $7,995. It’s marketed as a “unique” car, and they’re certainly right in that regard. It does have power locks, power seats, power windows, and a leather interior, like a Rolls-Royce. Under the skin, however, it’s a 1996 Lincoln Town Car. To that, the original owner tacked on massive swooping, old-style fenders, gold-ish wire wheels, and a gold stick-on Rolls-esque grille. No Spirit of Ecstasy on display here, sadly.
Nor is the Phantom’s 6.75-liter V12 under that giant hood either. Still, you get a good old American V8 – specifically, a 4.6-liter Modular SOHC V8. A tried-and-true engine that underpinned Ford and Lincoln models for over two decades, it pushed out 210 horsepower and 290 lb-ft of torque through a four-speed automatic transmission.
The interior does look a bit care-worn, but it doesn’t appear there are any major tears. Parts of it are just, you know, bright red. Other than that, it’s a typical Lincoln Town Car interior. With 123,602 miles, this Iron Man Rolls-Royce could certainly be in worse shape. People aren’t going to be looking at the interior anyway, are they? No, they’re going to be staring at those 20-inch wheels, the cherry red paint, and all that gold.
It’s no Rolls-Royce, but it still turns heads
Of course, the previous owner of this car isn’t fooling anyone. They get an A for effort, but it’s still, at the end of the day, a kit car. As far as kit cars go, however, there are much worse examples out there. And at a shade under $8,000, let’s face it – this is the closest I’ll ever get to a owning a bespoke Rolls-Royce. You’ll still turn some heads, and at the end of the day, this car is a bit special. Even if for no other reason than it’s just…out there.
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