It is back, the one-off custom-built car based from the Rolls-Royce Drophead Coupe is back on the market with an asking price of EUR1.45 million (US $1.6 million), courtesy of Al-Ain Class Motors in Dubai.
The new tag was nearly half the asking price for the Pininfarina Hyperion Rolls-Royce Phantom Drophead Coupe three years ago at EUR2.93 million. The one-off was named after one of the Titans of Greek mythology – Hyperion – to underscore both its aesthetic and figurative power.
The origin of this one-off is traced to Roland Hall -- a collector and an owner of a Rolls-Royce Drophead Coupe – who asked the Pininfarina Special Projects Division to create a custom-built car that would somewhat evoke the charm and appeal of the spectacular cars of the 1930s.
And Pininfarina did not fail him. Using the Rolls-Royce Phantom Drophead Coupe, the Pininfarina Special Projects Division did not lose time in jumpstarting their creativity and applying Pininfarina expertise without being bound by limits while keeping in mind what their client really wants the car to look like.
The efforts of Pininfarina’s designers and engineers led to the creation of Hyperion, which features a great blend of the Pininfarina and Rolls-Royce brands.
Featuring lines and dimensions not typical to any modern vehicle model, the Hyperion continues the legacy of other Rolls-Royce models transformed by Pininfarina into successful one-offs like the Silver Dawn saloon (1951) and the Camargue coupe of 1975.
When Pininfarina received Hall’s request to transform the Rolls-Royce Phantom Drophead Coupe into the Pininfarina Hyperion, the company turned to its Special Projects Division to lead the endeavor. For its part, the Special Projects Division was seeking to create a new distinct concept that only those who also love their car as an abstract could fully appreciate.
Then in Autumn of 2007, the Hyperion project took off. To start off, the Pininfarina Hyperion team took special consideration of the styling seen in cars in the 1930s -- magnificent bonnets and a body that accommodates a driver and a single passenger.
The resulting car, the Hyperion, is now a one-off beauty that exudes more than enough strength and elegance, thanks to an unadulterated harmony between masses and volumes as well as seamless balance between its proportions.
Featuring a carbon-fiber body, the Pininfarina Hyperion features a driving position moved back by around 400 mm compared to the base Rolls-Royce Phantom Drophead. Consequently, the rear seats of the Pininfarina Hyperion were taken out.
Interestingly, the Pininfarina Hyperion features a new hood that folds behind the seats under a wood-lined cover. Additionally, two compartments were added to the front of the windscreen to accommodate smaller small items like Hall’s hunting rifles.
The Pininfarina Special Projects Division also had other creations based from standard production models like the Ferrari P4/5 of Jim Glickenhaus and the Scaglietti “K” of Peter Kalikow.