These days, if you’re not driving one of those amped-up MINI All4s, your chances of winning the famed Dakar Rally are nil. Doesn’t mean no one tries, driving various Mad Maxlooking mechanical concoctions. It’s just that back in the early days of the competition—then known as the Paris-Dakar Rally—they did it with a little more panache. In 1981, the third year the legendary race took place, someone had the bright idea to do it in a Rolls-Royce. Needless to say, this half-cocked idea was hatched over a few drinks. 116961_rr But then an accomplished rally driver was drafted, and couturier Christian Dior said he’d stump up the cash. He thought it would make a good PR stunt to launch his new fragrance Jules. We did mention this was after a few drinks? In any case, with Paris-Match on board as cosponsor, a Corniche coupe chassis was fitted with a Chevy V8 and the four-wheel drive system from a Toyota Land Cruiser at great expense. And presto, the stately set of wheels was a contender. Unfortunately, mechanical problems led to it being disqualified from winning, but the dedicated team managed to finish the race, one of only 40 vehicles to reach Dakar out of the original 170. The one-of-a-kind Rolls is now for sale for about $270,000…