This One-Off Rolls-Royce Is the Classiest Shooting Brake Money Can Buy

silver spectre shooting brake by niels van roij design and carat duchatelet
The Classiest Shooting Brake Money Can BuyCourtesy of RM Sotheby's

Few things scream luxury and class like a Rolls-Royce. That said, the most well-off members of the motoring pool can’t be seen in something as mundane as a factory-built machine, even if it came from Goodwood, England. Thanks to RM Sotheby’s, one lucky buyer will have a chance to take home the ultimate modern Roller: the Silver Spectre Shooting Brake by Niels van Roij Design and Carat Duchatelet.

You might already be familiar with the styling efforts of Niels van Roij Design, as they’re behind some internet favorites such as the Ferrari Breadvan Homage based on the 550 Maranello, as well as the stylish Range Rover Adventum coupe that arrived in 2020. This particular project was commissioned back in 2018, with construction taking over 18 months to complete. RM Sotheby’s says that over 2500 man-hours were involved in transforming the factory-spec Wraith into this unique creation harking back to the Harold Radford of British shooting brakes.

All of the bodywork is new from the A-pillars back, complete with a bespoke carbon fiber roof panel. Not that anyone is under the impression that this two-and-a-half-ton coupe has sporting intentions. That said, under the hood does sit a twin-turbocharged 6.6-liter V-12 engine, which provides 624 hp and 604 lb-ft of torque. I believe that’s what the folks at Rolls-Royce would call sufficient.

silver spectre shooting brake by niels van roij design and carat duchatelet
Courtesy of RM Sotheby's

Niels van Roij Design initially planned to build a total of seven of these coachbuilt coupes, but this is ultimately the only example that ever made its way to completion. That might be a result of the conversion costing north of €300,000 at the time, essentially doubling the price of the Wraith on which it's based. RM expects this car to fetch anywhere between $275,000 to $325,000 at its upcoming Dubai auction, which isn’t exactly a great return on investment. Of course, if you had endless piles of cash, such a concern would seem rather silly. I mean just look at the thing.

silver spectre shooting brake by niels van roij design and carat duchatelet
Courtesy of RM Sotheby's

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