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Thanks to an unusual engine transplant, this 1930 Rolls-Royce has enough power under the bonnet to disintegrate its tyres.
A US auto shop, at the request of a customer, has fitted a 2004 Dodge Viper V10 to the pre-World War Two classic.
All has been revealed in recent postings on the Viper Club's internet forum.
Viper Speciality said the car is a full restoration with many custom pieces built on a tube frame chassis.
"This car was built to be a driver, and all of the problematic original parts have been redesigned or replaced. More or less, it is an original body and design mixed with a new-tech chassis and drivetrain. This car even has heat, A/C, and all of the bells and whistles that go along with professional motorsports electronics.
"The idea was to build a very pretty, modern tech version of the 1930 Rolls Royce to be a cruiser/show car, and fit it with a smooth-running high-torque Viper V-10 for reasons of unique-ness as well as the torque to get this heavy vehicle with brick-like aero out of its own way at highway speeds."
The car will be shown at the Detroit Autorama in March.
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