The Nine

The Nazgûl were they, the Ringwraiths, the Enemy’s most terrible servants; darkness went with them, and they cried with the voices of death.― The SilmarillionOf the Rings of Power and the Third Age

Rolls Royce Wraith
“Hinder me? Thou fool. No living man may hinder me!”—The Return of the King, “The Battle of the Pelennor Fields”

This is Wraith.  It is otherworldly in power and effortless comfort.  We 90% like this car. The quiet menace of that face.  The relentless fury belied by that grill,  The unseemly shrieks of speed and combustion that no one will ever hear, but will wither the souls of those it passes nonetheless.

Except for the ass.  Come on now Rolls.  Do a flat deck, er, boot with C-pillar buttresses, a la Jaguar XJ-S and we have the car of the year. Instead, they channeled the 1983 Mercury Capri and the 2002 BMW 7-series for the rear.  Avert your eyes; the view from behind is Medusan.

Their appearance was so utterly hideous that the sight of a Medusan rendered any Human mad, and soon afterward caused death by massive organ failure. – Memory Alpha

And then, Rolls limited the pallete (to horribly tasteful and restrained complementary colors*), and the configuration (just one – we know best!) of the available two-tone paint.  So, go solid and dark, double down on  paint and emphasize that awkward, ungainly ass, or go home, peasant.

A sad ugly conceit for an otherwise brutally serene cocoon for your favorite oligarch.  Or for the favored Witch-King minion of the all powerful Lord of the Black Lands.

Rolls Royce Wraith
“They have no great physical power against the fearless,” he wrote, “but what they have, and the fear that they inspire, is enormously increased in darkness”― The Letters of J.R.R. Tolkien
Rolls Royce Wraith
“Nine he gave to Mortal Men, proud and great, and so ensnared them. Long ago they fell under the domination of the One, and they became Ringwraiths, shadows under his great Shadow, his most terrible servants.”—The Fellowship of the Ring, “The Shadow of the Past”
Rolls Royce Wraith
“Come not between the Nazgûl and his prey! Or he will not slay thee in thy turn. He will bear thee away to the houses of lamentation, beyond all darkness, where thy flesh shall be devoured, and thy shriveled mind be left naked to the Lidless Eye.”—The Return of the King, “The Battle of the Pelennor Fields”

*[Ed.: They have loosened the contrast color choices a little. One can even accent Ensign Red with Salamanca blue.  Unspeakably horrid, but no one will notice the ugly ass, having been retinally cauterized by the clashing colors.]

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