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Rolls-Royce Silver Wraith

A car with a lavatory. Beneath the rear seat of this Rolls-Royce Silver Wraith, ordered in 1954 by an eccentric American businessman, Joseph Maschuch, there is a real WC with a gold-painted seat.

The car is also equipped with air-conditioning, a bar, a telephone and a television set – one of the first mobile sets in the world. The engine, dynamo, starter motor and carburettor have all been painted green, at the owner’s request. The whitewall tyres are typically American. The radiator mascot is a kneeling version of the ‘Spirit of Ecstasy’, intended to give the driver a better view of the road than the upright model.

The futuristic coachwork is by the Italian designer Alfredo Vignale, known for his extravagant style. This is his only design on a Rolls-Royce chassis. It has four headlamps; the centre ones being oversized. The rear window slants backwards, a design feature also seen on the 1959 Lincoln Continental.
Apparently the toilet was never used as such, but rather as a champagne cooler.

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