You could probably write a book about Rolls-Royce wagons, but there wouldn’t be a single page dedicated to a factory RR estate, as all these creations were the work of coachbuilders. Nevertheless, such a book should include at least one chapter on renderings, as many artists love to dwell on Rolls-Royce wagon dreams. And you are now indulging in the latest fantasy of the sort, albeit one that’s more Mercedes-Benz than Rolls-Royce.
A pixel creation this might be, but the 3D work has its roots in reality. You see, many decades before the Crewe-based automaker sent the Cullinan (here’s one with a bold widebody) to the SUV reception disguised as a “high-sided vehicle”, there have been companies who believed that Rolls-Royce faces also belonged on automobiles coming from other brands.
The results were usually limited-production machines that generated strong emotions, from the extreme happiness of their drivers to the consternation of traditionalists who walked by them.
The Rolls-Royce Mercedes-Benz S123 Wagon rendering
Well, this pixel creation, which comes from digital artist Al Yasid (@al.yasid), also goes down that pathway. And we imagine the creative process involving the artist as a pixel alchemist adding just a few drops of Rolls-Royce DNA to his creation.
However, given the century-old history of the marque and the steady hand of this maker, the resulting front end of this 3D machine leaves no doubts about its RR genes. And we can say the same about this real Rolls-Royce platform truck.
Nevertheless, and this is the area where the reactions are the strongest, the radiator grille seems to mix a Mercedes-Benz pattern with the three-pointed star rather than the Spirit of Ecstasy. After all, the base vehicle here is an S123—first made in 1978, this was Mercedes-Benz’s first in-house wagon, marking the end of the era when such models were exclusively produced by coachbuilders.
Further distancing his creation from the classic Mercedes-Benz T model (the letter stood for “Tourismus und Transport”), the digital master integrated a widebody. The emphasis here is on the integration rather than the overfenders themselves, as the added elements mean that only the front doors were left untouched.
And the rear end is just as impressive. A minimalist take including a shaved bumper is aided by somewhat concealed aero where the said hardware used to be. Oh, and the number plate on the tailgate is now flanked by reasonably-sized exhaust pipes!
There’s no mention of the engine, but this real-world 900 hp Rolls-Royce “Slay Poupon” that the Hoonigan crew gifted with a Hellcat swap could provide some inspiration.
Even with the artist only releasing two images of the Rolls-Royce-touched Mercedes-Benz S123 for the time being, this is a wagon that will stay with us for a long while—there are a few well-polished elements we left out and we’re inviting you to take a closer look at them.