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Robert Emslie December 21, 2012 Mystery Car 51 Comments

Here we are just four days from Christmas and for those of us who celebrate that holiday the biggest mystery at the moment is what to do with all that damn fruitcake that our aunts’ keep sending us year after year. My suggestion, wheel chocks!

Now that we’ve solved that conundrum, let’s turn our attention to today’s Mystery Car, which, as my present to you, comes with an added bonus round. Instead of identifying just the usual aspects of this contender – make, model, year-range, and likely underhood motivator, I also want you to tell us the unique feature this car or truck possesses. It’s certainly a noteworthy part, and something I’ll bet we all wished every car had.

So, with visions of superchargers rather than sugarplums dancing in your heads, see if you can tell us what this is, and what’s so unique about it. And lay off the fruitcake!

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  • dukeisduke

    It's that funky Rolls-Royce, with body by Vignale. Engine? I'm Googling.

  • dukeisduke

    It's got a toilet under the back seat. What more could you want?

    • mr. mzs zsm msz esq
    • OA5599

      Pardon me, do you have any grey poop on?

      Imagine for a moment that you're on the first day of your new job as a chauffeur. You are driving your new boss to an important meeting and are stuck in the worst traffic jam of the last 5 years. Suddenly, you hear some nasty noises emanating from the back seat, and a strong odor fouls the passenger compartment; your boss is making good use of the car's rare optional feature.

      1. Do you open the windows?
      2. What do you think of to keep a straight face so you don't get fired?

      • Scandinavian Flick
      • http://www.flowerpowerkc.com Alff

        You're assuming that I still want the job.

      • dukeisduke

        One picture I found shows a divider window. Also, I found an ad that showed it for sale in Vegas for $5,000.

        • OA5599

          It's listed in the current inventory of the Blackhawk Collection, in California, not Vegas. That's not the place one typically shops for a $5000 Rolls with a pedigree.

          • dukeisduke

            I figure it's an old ad, or a scam.

        • Vavon


          The factory records of this Vignale bodied Silver Wraith Rolls-Royce shows it to be the only one produced. Built on a long wheelbase chassis Custom ordered by Joseph Maschuch of New York, this long wheel base chassis went to Alfredo Vignale Coachworks in Italy and was finished in spring 1955. There were many unique special features ordered by Maschuch on this car like; the engine block, head, dynamo, starter, air cleaner, carburetor, and inlet manifold were to be painted green. The rocker cover was to be highly polished. All visible pipes under the hood were to be chrome plated. The front seats were electric operated and the radio was a Becker Mexico. Under the back seat is a toilet that was only used to keep the champagne chilled. It was also equipped with a full bar and a television.

          • Scandinavian Flick

            He used the toilet… to keep the champagne chilled…

            Just let that sink in for a moment.



            "Care for another glass of champagne, my dear?"
            "Why yes"
            "Let me just open up the toilet here…"
            "…. "

          • Vairship

            Ordered by Joseph Meshugge, you say? That makes sense…

    • Devin

      My brother has theorized that the future is something he calls the "Fart Car", which runs on human waste. So this could be the future.

      • dukeisduke

        So, you'd go to Taco Bell to fill 'er up?

        • Devin

          In theory, at least. I wouldn't, because there are no Taco Bells in Saskatchewan. I don't know the actual reason, but I suspect it could be a clean air initiative.

      • Van_Sarockin

        It's been done, most often when there's extreme poverty or gas shortages. Most any animal waste can be anaerobically digested to provide substantial amounts of methane (essentially, natural gas). Others have built tow-behind charcoal gas cookers, so they can use plant matter. It's rather easy to convert a gasoline engine to run on compressed gas.

  • Van_Sarockin

    NSX really let itself go.

  • dukeisduke

    With either a 4.3, 4.6, or 4.9l I-6.

    • mr. mzs zsm msz esq

      I wanted to listen to a 300cid RR I6, but failed.

  • dukeisduke

    1954 Silver Wraith, by the way.

  • Vavon
  • http://www.proofnpudding.com muthalovin

    Someday, I hope to be this badass:

    <img src="http://24.media.tumblr.com/tumblr_loggi6hBsn1qck2vmo1_500.jpg"&gt;

  • dukeisduke

    And ABC Brianza made a 1/43 scale model:

  • 3304HL

    It's actually a Ford Anglia "Grande" that's been tastefully modified in the tradition of the Lincoln Versailles….