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Rolls Royce’s dual role as ‘mobile dental surgery’ in WW1 days

28th June 2013

We like to hear unusual stories about the dental profession…

This one came to us via our friends at Dentistry Scotland magazine and its editor Heather Podbury had posted about it on the publication’s Facebook page.

It centres on the forthcoming auction sale of a classic Rolls Royce – but this vehicle had a very unusual history and an even more unusual link with our dental world.

Apparently during the time of the First World War the car was used as a mobile dental surgery, equipped with a dental chair and complete with drills.

One can only imagine how basic the equipment would have been then – and a million miles away from the sophisticated equipment and technology we have at our fingertips for cosmetic dentistry and dental implants surgery.

According to the history of this vehicle – estimated to sell next month for as much as £800,000 – the then owner wanted to do his bit for the war effort and so transformed his vehicle accordingly.

To read more about this interesting story please click here.

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