Rolls-Royce has just two model lines in dealerships now, so any time a brand-new model from the storied British luxury brand is introduced to the world, you can be sure it will make a bold statement. The 2014 Rolls-Royce Wraith, introduced earlier at this year’s Geneva Motor Show, is essentially a two-door variant on Rolls’ smaller sedan, the Ghost, packing a sleek fastback roofline and even more V12 power. It’s cost? $320,000.
Ross and girlfriend Shateria Moragne-el were leaving a birthday celebration at a local club, driving on Las Olas Blvd. when a gunman in another vehicle opened fire, with “dozens of shell casings” found at the scene, police say. Ross took off around a corner, but crashed his precious Rolls into an apartment building wall. Thankfully, no one was hit in the shooting or hurt in the accident.
Some have called into question accounts of the shooting, mostly due to the face that the vehicle was not hit by a single bullet. Was it all a publicity stunt? A police investigation is underway, but we’re just glad everyone is safe.
In honor of Halloween, we look into the worlds of film, television, video games and real life to bring you our picks for 5 of the scariest cars of all time. These rides chase down evil-doers, fire mounted machine guns, have murder on the mind or just plain look sinister as hell.
Rolls-Royce Phantom Jonckheere Coupe
This legendary one-off Rolls-Royce started life as a circa-1925 Phantom I Roadster, then was rebodied for the Raja of Nanpara, India by Belgian car company Jonckheere as was the custom with Rolls cars at the time. From its oval suicide doors to a rear end resembling Dracula’s cape, the Phantom I Jonckheere is 18+ feet of sheer terror on wheels. The car was once painted gold and starred in a traveling freak show of sorts, later lovingly restored and entered in the 2005 Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance, where it took first prize for best Rolls-Royce. It now resides in the collection of the Petersen Automotive Museum in Los Angeles.
Sweet Tooth’s Ice Cream Truck (Twisted Metal)
Were you afraid of clowns when you were little? Maybe you still are? How about a machete-wielding serial killer clown that can chase you down in an evil ice cream truck? This one comes from the world of video games, specifically the dark, outlandish vehicular combat Twisted Metal series. The custom ice cream truck features dual fender-mounted machine guns and a flaming clown skull adorning the roof. It has been known to fire napalm ice cream cones too, so if you see Sweet Tooth coming you’d best run for cover.
Batmobile (Batman and Batman Returns)
While Bruce Wayne may have driven a tank in Batman Begins, it is the Batmobile from Tim Burton’s two earlier films that still strikes fear into the hearts of criminals everywhere. Powered by a jet turbine engine with an afterburner, this Batmobile was built on a Chevy Impala chassis. Complete with dual Browning machine guns, side-deployed Batbombs and a grappling hook, this is the Batmobile by which all others are judged. GM later equipped the Burton-era Batmobile with OnStar for a series of commercials.
DRAG-U-LA (The Munsters)
If Grandpa Munster were to suffer the horrible tragedy of dying in a drag racing accident, it sure would be convenient if the car in question was built from an actual coffin. The spooky DRAG-U-LA racer first appeared in The Munsters TV episode “Hot Rod Herman”, where Grandpa builds the car to win back the Munsters’ daily driver, the Munster Koach, after young Herman Munster loses it in a drag race. The car was bodied from a real fiberglass coffin and featured a 350-horsepower built Ford 289 V8.
The star of John Carpenter’s 1983 horror flick Christine, this 1958 Plymouth Fury has murderous tendencies, known to dispatch with victims by such diverse methods as poisoning with carbon monoxide, crunching bones against walls and running down enemies in the street while erupting into flames. Her newest owner Arnie (Keith Gordon) becomes increasingly deranged the longer he bonds with the car, soon sharing her murderous intentions. The cult classic film is based on a Stephen King novel by the same name. See the trailer below, if you dare…