We recently came upon a curious Rolls-Royce fueling up at a gas station. That is, Instagrammer wilcoblok caught it on camera, and imagine our surprise when we saw an honest-to-goodness Wraith Shooting Brake. We didn’t have any context for where it came from, but now we do and it’s quite extraordinary. It’s also the only one of its kind, but that might change soon. More on that in a bit
First things first. This isn’t a product of Rolls-Royce. It’s the brainchild of Niels van Roij Design and Belgium-based Carat Duchatelet, the former being a well-known automotive designer and the latter being a coachbuilder with 50 years of experience. The finished product is called the Carat Duchatelet Silver Spectre Shooting Brake, and as the pictures show, it’s exquisite.
The base vehicle is obviously a Rolls-Royce Wraith. The long roof is handcrafted by Carat Duchatelet and designed to flow seamlessly with the Wraith’s shape. Bespoke touches, like the bold exterior trim surrounding the side glass and extending well onto the rear pillars, were created to give the car a further sense of uniqueness. The overall design isn’t just a stretched roof either; it’s based on classic Shooting Brakes from high-end British brands of decades past, so it has a very authentic feel.
Interior details of this particular build aren’t offered, but we can see a striking upholstery pattern and a clear measure of functionality in the boot. The luggage rails are prominent on the floor, and a dual-plane pass-through to the front offers access between front and rear sections. When it comes to details, Carat Duchatelet is keen to say customers have broad input regarding interior customization. That can range from various materials to design elements sussed out through personal visits and discussions between customer and company.
This specific Silver Spectre was commissioned by a Wraith owner who wanted a Shooting Brake. It was delivered just last week, but we did mention customers in the previous paragraph – as in more than one. This is the first of its kind, but Carat Duchatelet is set to build a total of seven, and the lead time to get one is a matter of months, not years.
Pricing isn’t mentioned, but if you already have a Wraith in your wheelhouse, you can probably afford this very cool conversion.