Well, Roger Daltrey (the frontman of The Who, in case you haven’t experienced the unalloyed joy of listening to Quadrophenia on a surround-sound setup) has designed two.
The first celebrates the rock opera Tommy, one of The Who’s most-loved albums, with the album’s cover art recreated on the Wraith’s bonnet. The coachline – that’s the intricate stripes down the side of the car – features “a bird in flight”, which also references the album’s inside cover.
“That was the album that saved the band,” says Daltrey. “It changed everything for us. That was the one that introduced the idea of the ‘concept’. I always loved the artwork and it was a privilege to work with Mike McInnerney, who did the original.”
Inside, there’s unique embroidery that depicts motifs from the album artwork, as well as a pinball machine that alludes to the massive hit ‘Pinball Wizard’. Lyrics from the album are engraved into copper door panels.
The second celebrates Daltrey’s own musical legacy, featuring The Who’s bullseye logo, lyrics from The Who Sell Out and embroidery alluding to their habit of destroying instruments (and hotel rooms for that matter).
Daltrey’s had a few now, but Rolls-Royce ownership wasn’t something he expected during his working class upbringing in Shepherd’s Bush in the 1950s.
“When you’re starting off and the arse is hanging out of the back of your trousers, you don’t imagine that for a second,” he says. “I did end up with a few – I had a couple of original Flying Spurs.”
What are you driving at the moment?
“Oh, a couple of beaten-up old Land Rovers, and I have a Range Rover,” he says. “Actually, I’ve also got an old Mercedes. It’s the CLS, the first AMG 63, the one with that incredible engine. An F1 driver – and I’m not going to tell you who – said to me, ‘Never sell that car. The engine’s a masterpiece’. And he’s right – it is.”