Some of the oddest Dakar Rally cars
As this year’s gruelling desert rally begins, we look back at some of the more creative interpretations of 'off-road vehicle'
Posted: 03 Jan 2012
In 1981, someone went a bit mental. More specifically, Thierry de Montcorgé - he made a bet with friends that he could race a Rolls Royce in the Paris Dakar. Which he won with this - a coupe version of the very same car that gave James sterling service in India
But Montcorgé's was a little lighter. The body weighs 80kg (it's a polyester molding of the original), there's a bespoke spaceframe under the skin, Land Cruiser 4x4 system and a 5.7-litre Chevrolet V8.
Despite being disqualified after repairs took too long to effect, the Roller finished the race.