Fake it until you make it?
Kit cars or conversions that pay homage to rare rides are common in the automotive world, but only a few will have the audacity and the cojones to turn a Ford product into a Rolls Royce. But surprise, surprise - this is exactly what the previous owner of this Lincoln Aviator did.
To sum the ride up, it's an Aviator in the Luxury Sport Utility trim from 2005 fitted with the face of a 2019 Rolls Royce Ghost, according to a Facebook marketplace listing. It gets the luxury British brand's signature vertical slatted grille, the same headlamps, and a similar hood. It likewise has the "Spirit of Ecstasy" ornament, but we doubt it retracts into the hood.
The previous owner also updated the rear with a Rolls-Royce Cullinan vibe instead of the Ghost. And for some reason, he gave the thing gullwing doors like the DC2's wacky-looking off-road Volvo XC90 instead of the Cullinan's suicide doors.
On the marketplace, it was also detailed that the owner rebuilt the vehicle's engine and transmission. It also has new brakes. That's all good, but the new upholstery won't be to everyone's tastes. But hey, at least the seller says the title is clean, and the vehicle looks to be in good shape too.
Does it look good? If you ask us, we'll just say that beauty is in the eye of the beholder. Not much was done to its side portions to make it match its face after all. Plus, the front end looks skewed for some reason. There's also a gap when the hood is closed, and the grille appears to be unaligned.
If you want this thing, it has an asking price of $21,000, which is way more than other similar listings (an average of $5,000 on several sites). That's a big ask considering the strange Rolls-Royce conversion, plus it already has 220,000 miles on its odometer. But assuming that you'll never be able to afford a real Rolls, especially the coach-built ones, this could be the next best thing.