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Saturday, August 16, 2008

Rolls Royce Hyperion by Pininfarina

In 1968 the famous Italian coachbuilder Pininfarina took the latest Rolls Royce car, the Bentley T and and built a one off coachbuilt version called the Bentley T1 Coupé Speciale.

Here it is.



Now 40 years later in 2008 again the famous Italian coachbuilder Pininfarina took the latest Rolls Royce car, the Rolls Royce Phantom Drop Head Coupe and and built a one off coachbuilt version called the Rolls Royce Hyperion. Ahh history. I can already picture 40 years time. Probably won't be a petrol engine though.

Here it is.



As with most modern coachbuilt cars, the wheelbase, grill and rear view mirrors are the same, but everything else, well different.



What is even more special about this coachbuilt design is that the car is now a two seater roaster.



With the removal of the rear seats, and whole balance of the car has changed.



The front windscreen has been relocated rearward significantly, to create an extra long swooping bonnet.



The rear has been shortened to balance the the proportions of the roaster, and the front and rear light clusters are unique.



The owner and commissioner of the car is one Roland Hall.



What is a great feature, is that with the relocation of the windscreen, room was created in front of the newly positioned windscreen. In this gap, instead of loosing the space, the teak deck was continued frontward to match the hood cover, and compartments were created underneath.



These compartments were custom created to carry Mr Hall's hunting rifles.



Does it have mass market appeal? Probably not.



But that is the point of coachbuilding.

You get what you bloddy well want, and the rest of you can bugger off.

That's not very nice. What is nice it that this car is currently on public display at the Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance this weekend in Montery, California.

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