Welcome to What The Truck, where we scour the information superhighway in search of odd, crazy, or awful-in-just-the-right-way off-road rigs. There are a lot out there, from the everglades of Florida to the wispy dunes of the Middle East.
First up is a… well, we can’t really see it, it’s so well-camouflaged! But yeah, this VW Bug-times-two gives a whole new meaning to “doppelkabine.”
We can’t identify the frame of the Bug-strosity, but it’s clear that one Bug body was not enough. And rather than have a smooth flowing line merging the two bodies together, the fearless owner decided to slap some extra bodywork between the front and back sections and call it a day. Perhaps viewing it in person would soften our harsh opinion?
Next, we have another Frankenstein-esque creation. This time, it isn’t the same brand or model, but it is all Mopar, so they managed to “keep in the family,” as it were.
Prior to seeing this beast, we would have been hard-pressed to think that Jeep and Ram could successfully merge. But someone did it, and also threw in a dash of Duesenberg-y snobbery to boot. A continental tire and wheelwell-turned-running-board really add to the high-class appearance the builder was going for. The twist, however, is that this “treep” was built for Shiekh Hamad Bin Hamdan al Nahyan, one of the members of the royal family in Abu Dhabi.
Next, we have a Rolls-Royce Corniche from God-knows-where. Its stately white paint job and Spirit of Ecstasy hood ornament are in perfect contrast with the lifted stance, large mud bogging tires, and shiny clevises.
This isn’t the first Rolls-Royce Corniche to receive an off-road treatment, however. Arguably, it was done much better back in the early 1980s, when Frenchman Theirry de Montcorgé had one built up to race in the Dakar Rally. Called “Jules,” it was a real sight to see.
Ditching the heavy body for a tube chassis, de Montcorgé was able to save almost 2,000 pounds on the vehicle. He fitted an SBC 350 V8 under the hood, and mated it to a Toyota four-speed manual transmission. It had the weight right, the power high, and the driver hopeful.
Unfortunately, Jules didn’t make it to the finish line in time; a steering failure caused it to be disqualified due to the time it took to repair. Nevertheless, it did eventually cross the finish line.
This concludes our first installment of What The Truck here on Off Road Xtreme. Have you seen any crazy rigs on the internet with some details to share? Let us know in the comments below, or contact us at [email protected].