Rolls-Royce Coachbuilder Taps Inner Auto Journo, Builds Brown Wagon

Tim Healey
by Tim Healey

There’s a running joke among automotive journalists that suggests the ideal car is a brown wagon with a manual transmission.

It’s a joke grounded in reality – many journos would actually love a brown wagon, preferably with a manual. The only reason most automotive scribes aren’t buying the few wagons on the market – in brown or any color, regardless of gearbox – is because very few of us can afford any of the offerings on the market.

Not that the wagon segment is large, anyway.

Certainly, if you’re average blogger looks at the new-car average transaction price, blanches, and dives back into the cheap brown liquor, he or she won’t be reaching for the checkbook to place a down payment on this wagon version of the Rolls-Royce Wraith, called the Silver Spectre

As the headline above implies, it’s not actually a Rolls-Royce factory model. It’s a one-off, coach-built collaboration between Carat Duchatelet and Niels Van Roij. And yes, Anglophiles, I know the Brits prefer the term “shooting brake” so please step away from the keyboard and count to 10 before firing off your missive.

The car has a sloping roof and extra-wide C-pillar, and big metal “frames” around said C-pillar. It’s unclear from the photos in the Motor Trend piece I’m sourcing this from how much cargo area is added, but large leather panels seem to eat into the space.

Although just one model exists right now, seven will be built. Not surprisingly, these cars will be bespoke, meaning each extremely well-heeled buyer will be able to customize their ride. So, in theory, the panels in the cargo area could be jettisoned.

And if you don’t like brown, and have the money needed to buy this car, well, how about blue?

Check out the video below.

Tim Healey
Tim Healey

Tim Healey grew up around the auto-parts business and has always had a love for cars — his parents joke his first word was “‘Vette”. Despite this, he wanted to pursue a career in sports writing but he ended up falling semi-accidentally into the automotive-journalism industry, first at Consumer Guide Automotive and later at Web2Carz.com. He also worked as an industry analyst at Mintel Group and freelanced for About.com, CarFax, Vehix.com, High Gear Media, Torque News, FutureCar.com, Cars.com, among others, and of course Vertical Scope sites such as AutoGuide.com, Off-Road.com, and HybridCars.com. He’s an urbanite and as such, doesn’t need a daily driver, but if he had one, it would be compact, sporty, and have a manual transmission.

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  • Sundance Sundance on Sep 09, 2020

    Looks much better than the coupé. Last friday I did see one (coupé of course) on Autobahn 7 north of Hamburg. That's a real large car...

  • Rigaudon Rigaudon on Sep 09, 2020

    Wait, we had a brown '63 Pontiac Tempest wagon with a manual transmission. I loved that car, my father not so much.... Bring back the brown manual wagons!

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  • Michael Gallagher I agree to a certain extent but I go back to the car SUV transition. People began to buy SUVs because they were supposedly safer because of their larger size when pitted against a regular car. As more SUVs crowded the road that safety advantage began to dwindle as it became more likely to hit an equally sized SUV. Now there is no safety advantage at all.
  • Probert The new EV9 is even bigger - a true monument of a personal transportation device. Not my thing, but credit where credit is due - impressive. The interior is bigger than my house and much nicer with 2 rows of lounge seats and 3rd for the plebes. 0-60 in 4.5 seconds, around 300miles of range, and an e-mpg of 80 (90 for the 2wd). What a world.
  • Ajla "Like showroom" is a lame description but he seems negotiable on the price and at least from what the two pictures show I've dealt with worse. But, I'm not interested in something with the Devil's configuration.
  • Tassos Jong-iL I really like the C-Class, it reminds me of some trips to Russia to visit Dear Friend VladdyPoo.
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