Weddings and funerals are some the few occasions that regular people ride in stretched-out cars with custom coachwork. For true ‘car guys’ that want to go out in style, that last ride is important.
One might expect a member of the British royal family to be carried to their final resting place in a regal Rolls Royce hearse. But Prince Philip rode in the back of a utilitarian Land Rover Defender he custom designed 16 years earlier
The Land Rover Defender TD5 was built at the company’s Solihull factory in 2003. The vehicle is a modest single cab on the longer 130″ wheelbase, with an open top rear section, looking like an unpretentious pickup truck with a bed cover.
Having fought in World War II, Prince Philip had the colour of his final 4×4 changed from the original Belize Green to Dark Bronze Green, a common colour on military Land Rovers. The vehicle has green wheels with black hubs, plus a blacked out front grille and no license plate.
One might expect a member of Rap Royalty to be carried to their final resting place in an over-the top vehicle, and DMX did not disappoint. His final ride was in the back of a monster truck.
The sky-high Ford F-250 sits on a custom tube chassis and its 7.3L diesel V-8 sends power to the 20 ton axles and massive mud tires tires on custom chrome wheels. The truck was emblazoned with “Long Live DMX” painted on the doors and hood, plus the Ruff Ryders logo on the tailgate. DMX’s red coffin was carried in the bed of the truck where all could see it.
The video for DMX’s “Ruff Ryders’ Anthem” featured him and his crew stunting motorbikes and ATV on the streets of Yonkers, NY. The video spoke to a generation who could not relate to the expensive cars in rap videos, and inspired many young fans to start riding. Fittingly, a 1,000 strong convoy of the Ruff Ryders motorcycle club, which DMX helped establish, followed the truck in a procession befitting a musical icon.