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This 1979 Rolls-Royce is Mad Max's dream machine

A turbocharged, four-speed Rolls is up for grabs

January 8, 2018

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When you hear the name Rolls-Royce, you probably think about large, luxurious sedans driven by men in white gloves who are employed by the person in the back seat. While that’s historically accurate, depreciation is a funny thing, and this particular example is as close to the polar opposite of what Rolls-Royce represents while still bearing the double-R badges.

Built by Corbin Goodwin, this aged Rolls would be more at home at a Mad Max fan club meeting than in the parking lot of the Beverly Hills Waldorf -- not exactly a bad thing. The battle-car-inspired Rolls sports a twin-scroll-turbocharger fed 6.75-liter V8 that’s now mated to a heavy-duty Borg-Warner T-19 four-speed manual transmission. King off-road coilover shocks replace the stock units, which might make the ride less luxurious but far more sporting.

The scoop on the rear quarter panel apparently feeds fresh air to the now trunk-mounted radiator. If you’re wondering how coolant gets to and from the engine, look at the plumbing attached to the car’s roof. The trunk is also home to the battery and a 20-gallon fuel cell.

The interior is less Rolls than race car, but it should have enough gauges to tell you what’s going on with the turbocharged engine. There is a pair of Sparco buckets in place of the stock Rolls attire, making it perfect for someone who wants a car that will get noticed at the local cars and coffee.

To see more pictures or place a bid, head to its listing on Bring a Trailer.

Wesley Wren

Wesley Wren - Wesley is an Associate Editor at Autoweek. He loves cutting up old cars, listening to weird music, and going fast.
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