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Pininfarina Rolls-Royce Hyperion
Pininfarina Rolls-Royce Hyperion

2008 Pininfarina Rolls-Royce Hyperion, based on Rolls-Royce Drophead Coupe

The latest Pininfarina creation is named after Hyperion, one of the Titans of Greek mythology, to underline its architectural and figurative power. It is an homage to the great pre war cars. This one-off Rolls-Royce made its debut at the Gooding & Company auction tent at Pebble Beach during the Monterey Week 2008.
 
Pininfarina Rolls-Royce Hyperion

Roland Hall, a collector and the owner of a Rolls-Royce Drophead Coupe, asked Pininfarina to create a custom-built car that would evoke the appeal of the sumptuous cars of the 1930s. It might seem paradoxical, but today more than ever before, there is a desire on the part of a very elite clientele to return to the idea of the car as an artistic expression. As it was in the 1950s. The Hyperion takes up the legacy of other Rolls-Royces designed by Pininfarina, the Silver Dawn saloon of 1951 or the Camargue coupe of 1975.

Pininfarina Rolls-Royce Hyperion

The Hyperion has been styled by the American designer Jason Castriota, who also penned the Pininfarina P4/5, Ferrari 599 GTB Fiorano and the Maserati Gran Turismo. The great motorcars of the past served as inspiration for this project. All of the mechanical and technical components of the Rolls-Royce Drophead Coupe remain unmodified, but the driving position and the windscreen have been moved backward, transforming the car into a two-seater.

Standard Drophead Coupe chassis over Pininfarina Hyperion rendering

Pininfarina: "Structurally, we moved the driving position further back (400 mm) and took out the rear seats. We designed a new hood, which folds behind the seats under a wood-lined cover. In front of the windscreen we created two compartments for small items or for sports equipment, such as Mr. Hall’s hunting rifles."

Pininfarina Rolls-Royce Hyperion

The bodywork is made of carbon fibre, while the details are applied using a technology adopted in boat building. The doors were made of solid wood by craftsmen who specialise in creating components for luxury boats.

Another remarkable option on the car is its internal watch, specially designed by Girard-Perregaux and based on the Tourbillon Vintage 1945. This watch can be removed from its bracelet and clipped in the center of the dashboard.

Pininfarina Hyperion Girard-Perregaux watch

Mr. Roland Hall, client and owner of the Hyperion, has decided to dedicate this car to the recently deceased Andrea Pininfarina, remembering his outstanding human qualities and professional skills. A car as extraordinary as the man who left us, but who will remain with us forever.

Pininfarina Rolls-Royce Hyperion

Pininfarina Rolls-Royce Hyperion

Click here for the Hyperion image gallery.

Image credits: Pininfarina, Autoblog.com and Richard Owen for Supercars.net.
 
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