Rusting ‘rat-rod’ Roller causes an internet stir

'Rat-rod' 1985 Rolls-Royce Silver Spirit
'Rat-rod' 1985 Rolls-Royce Silver Spirit

If you were to make alterations to a classic Rolls-Royce, they probably wouldn’t be like these.

With ‘rusting paint’, much lower ride height and number plates reading “B10WJD”, one oddball eBay seller was hoping that someone else shared his unique taste in modifications.

The plates, mounted deliberately askew, feature a black bolt cover in the middle of the D, to make it look more like a B.

Making a car look ready for the scrap heap, in a practice known as ‘rat-rodding’, is usually more popular on cars like Volkswagen Beetles and 1990s-era Polos, not to mention vintage American iron, but this seller described his creation as “the king of all rat-rods”.

Under the bonnet is a 6.75-litre V8 engine, whose descendants live on in several current Bentley cars.

But this one is connected to an exhaust system where the silencer has been removed.

Our friend the seller said: “This makes a lovely tone without making your ears bleed.” We’ll take his word for it.

Despite its looks, it does have a few months left on its MOT certificate, although the listing did describe some sort of leaking green fluid.

The petrol gauge doesn’t work either, which isn’t helpful when the car will drink through unleaded at about 15mpg if you’re lucky.

And let’s not mention the ‘low-profile’ tyres that have been added, which will leave the Roller’s famous ‘magic carpet’ ride in tatters.

If you were up to the seller’s challenge of ‘dare to be different’, we’re afraid you are now too late. The auction site listing caused quite a stir and 30 bidders battled it out until Wednesday, with the ‘rotten’ Roller going for £3,590!