• Dec 13, 2009
Not a Rolls-Royce Phantom - Click above to watch the video

Right, so this isn't really a Rolls-Royce. We know, we know -- you thought it was. And that's understandable. But no, it's a fake, a phony, a fraud, etc. And with the owner spending at least, say, $3,000 to turn an old Mercedes-Benz E-Class into a Roller, we understand why you were duped. We aren't surprised, however, that this car exists in a former Soviet Bloc country (supposedly Kazakhstan).

All joking/sardonic comments aside, we always wonder why people bother with stunts like this. The other day we saw a BMW E39 525i with a M5 badge. Now, the only people that will be impressed by an M5 badge are the exact same people who will notice that the E39 is missing the requisite four tail pipes. So, who exactly are they fooling, besides themselves? This Phantom conversion's one redeeming quality is that the finished product (somehow) looks pretty good. Make the jump to watch the video. A tip of the Kalpak to Pasi for the tip!

[Source: YouTube]



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      • 5 Years Ago
      The least I can say is that I'm glad it's not a Lada turned Phantom.

      The fart can and rap made me cringe, though.
      • 5 Years Ago
      lol not gonna lie, this thing looks bad ass. I mean its not better than the real one but it is not that bad of a job. I know its better than my altima so i really cant hate on the guy.. but props to the owner of the fake rolls!
        matthew
        • 5 Years Ago
        LOL My dad got rid of his E Class because it was a maintenence nightmare. You STFU and go abuse your poor car that you don't deserve. Or go buy a counterfeit one.
        matthew
        • 5 Years Ago
        You clearly know nothing about cars if you think a fake Rolls Royce from the former USSR is better than an Altima.
        • 5 Years Ago
        you clearly dont know anything about car if you think a Altima is better than a E-class... stfu and do not waste my time. and next time read the blog before saying stuff like this.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Hey look! I can spin my tires on snow covered dirt! I'm awesome...
      • 5 Years Ago
      I have to admit, even though it's fake, it's actually better than a lot of other conversions that are out there. However, his choice of music is horrible.
      • 5 Years Ago
      On the one hand, I have to give the guy props if he did the work himself because honestly the workmanship looks pretty darn decent.

      On the other hand, I simply have never understood the point of these type of conversions... especially in this case since the car it is trying to imitate is rather hideous to begin.

      In a world where "luxury" brands and low-end "knock-offs" come out of the same Chinese factories, I find the whole illusion of luxury to be rather comical... for the most part, it's just an image created by marketing with little actual substance to back it up.
        matthew
        • 5 Years Ago
        Those are phony luxury brands that sold their souls for profit like Coach and most of what's in Neiman Marcus. Only an idiot would buy anything from those brands.

        You won't find anything made in China at a place like Chanel or Hermes. Quality things still exist, but you really have to look for them.

        A sad side effect of uninformed consumers with backwards values that think a brand makes something good, instead of the things made by a brand making the brand good.
      • 5 Years Ago
      "Actually looks good"??? To whom?
      And that heinous machine still has the B-pillar in place!
      Gotta give it to 'em for trying though - I guess...
      • 5 Years Ago
      $3000, worth every penny.
        matthew
        • 5 Years Ago
        I sure hope you're being sarcastic. If you really think a look-alike is worth ANY money, you're sadly mistaken.
      • 5 Years Ago
      When I was at Car and Driver in the mid-'70s, we did a cover photo, and a "road test," of a Monte Carlo with a Rolls grille. Before we ran it, we talked to the company that built it and was marketing it, and asked if it was legal. "No problem," they said. "Our lawyers have looked at this six ways from Friday and told us we're good to go."

      The company even went to the considerable expense of air-freighting one to England for us so that our writer (Charles Fox, for those of you old enough to remember) could drive it around and get some wonderful reactions from Brits who saw the abomination on the street.

      The cover came out, and within two weeks that company had been so sued up down and around by Rolls that the immediately went out of business, never dared build another one...
        matthew
        • 5 Years Ago
        Lawyers being put to good use finally! BURN THAT CAR TO THE GROUND!
      • 5 Years Ago
      "This Phantom conversion's one redeeming quality is that the finished product (somehow) looks pretty good."

      Body by Bruno
        • 5 Years Ago
        beats "body by MEC Design"
      • 5 Years Ago
      I think that was an S-class.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Well it certainly isn't a W126 or W220. ;)
        • 5 Years Ago
        Well duh.
      • 5 Years Ago
      How low did they want to make the car? looked like the wheels where going to touch the body and the body was going to touch the floor. Im guessing all they did was add weight to the car and change nothing else.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Chrysler 300C modification again????-.-
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