1930 Rolls-Royce gets Viper V10 engine

Last updated 07:10 28/02/2013
The restored and repowered 1930 Rolls-Royce after having a 2004 V10 Viper engine installed.
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CHECK OUT THE PIPES: The restored and repowered 1930 Rolls-Royce after having a 2004 V10 Viper engine installed.

A Viper V10 engine sits in a 1930 Rolls-Royce.
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POWER UPGRADE: A Viper V10 engine sits in a 1930 Rolls-Royce.

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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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