Pininfarina will unveil its Rolls Royce Drophead-based car at Pebble Beach
12 August 2008

This is Pininfarina’s ‘surprise’ for the forthcoming Concours d’Elegance at Pebble Beach in California: the Hyperion.

Images of the Rolls-Royce Drophead Coupe-based machine have leaked onto the internet ahead of the car’s proposed debut on 17 August. The Hyperion is a one-off created for a wealthy car collector; it uses the Drophead Coupe’s 6.75-litre V12 engine and platform, but the driving position and windscreen have been moved back 400mm.

The car features such design oddities as a Girard Perregaux-designed watch that can be removed from its bracelet and bolted into the dashboard, and a fascia-mounted gun rack.

The Hyperion is the first one-off from Pininfarina since the Ferrari P4/5 it made for James Glickhaus in 2006; it’s also the first design revealed by the firm since its chairman and CEO Andrea Pininfarina was killed in a traffic accident on 7 August.

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GD

12 August 2008

So much better looking than the RR version. I would love to see a Pininfarina version of the Bentley Continental or Brooklands.

GB

13 August 2008

I like some of the details in the Pininfarina design. But the proportions are almost catoonish, bordering on weird.

13 August 2008

Remember when Pininfarina 'meant' design? That is truely hideous.

13 August 2008

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Remember when Pininfarina 'meant' design? That is truely hideous.

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What he said

13 August 2008

No wonder they almost went bust recently. Reminds me of that Lexus Convertible.

GD

14 August 2008

[quote srvracing]Remember when Pininfarina 'meant' design? That is truely hideous.[/quote]

I seem to be in the minority as I rather like this offering. However, I do remember other examples of Pininfarina's and I don't think it always "meant" design. Try the Austin Cambridge/Morris Oxford/MG Magnette and Wolseley/Riley of the sixties!

GB

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