Rolls-Royce is the epitome of a car brand that any automobile enthusiast would aspire to select and purchase. Due to the high cost associated with Rolls-Royce vehicles, replica models have become increasingly prevalent, particularly in developing nations. In our neighboring country of Pakistan, where an official Rolls-Royce dealership is unavailable, individuals resort to private imports. However, for car enthusiasts facing financial limitations that prevent private imports, obtaining a replica model becomes a viable option. Allow us to introduce an expert who specializes in transforming mass-market cars into exquisite Rolls-Royce replicas. This workshop is not located in India.
The video by Car Kid provides a comprehensive view of the Rolls-Royce Phantom replica. The workshop, situated in Gujranwala, Pakistan, meticulously crafts every aspect by hand. As per the details shared in the video, the workshop charges approximately Rs 7 lakh in Indian currency for the conversion process, excluding the cost of the donor car. The replica model showcased in the video is based on a Toyota Crown Mark-II, but the workshop is capable of converting any sedan car. By extending the chassis and incorporating the iconic Rolls-Royce Phantom aesthetics, the conversion process can be applied to various sedan models.
The body of the Rolls-Royce replica is meticulously handcrafted. Craftsmen skillfully shape steel sheets through manual beating to achieve the desired form. Remarkably, the individual responsible for creating these cars has never had the opportunity to see an actual Rolls-Royce nor possesses the vehicle’s exact dimensions. Instead, relying solely on photographs, the artisan relies on personal measurements and interpretation to craft the vehicle.
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The front of the replica bears a striking resemblance to the Rolls-Royce design. The grille is fashioned from slender steel pipes, and even the emblem, known as the Spirit of Ecstasy, is meticulously handcrafted. The replica model features suicide doors, which, in the newer versions, can also be controlled electronically using buttons. Components such as the wheels, headlamps, and ORVMs are all generic and sourced from the open market. As for the tail lamps, they are sourced from the Honda N1 model, which bears a resemblance to the Rolls-Royce Phantom.
Due to its foundation being derived from another car and the extended chassis to accommodate additional length, the replica car exhibits elongated overhangs and a relatively short wheelbase. Undoubtedly, this aesthetic combination may appear peculiar, and the more one observes it, the more unconventional it appears.
While the workshop has successfully replicated the exterior appearance of the Rolls-Royce Phantom, the interior finish falls short of the original. Although the converted cabin features red-colored leather upholstery and includes some luxury features such as a starlit roof, it lacks the true opulence found in the authentic vehicle. As for the driving experience, it remains uncertain. Mechanically, the car remains unaltered, with no modifications made to the engine. As mentioned above, cost of this modification or conversion project is around Rs 7 lakh INR. The time taken to complete this project is not known.
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