Even with the car draped in darkness, we thought early photos of the Pininfarina Rolls-Royce Hyperion looked good - but that was before we saw the ragtop Roller in broad daylight.; Following the car's official debut at the 2008 Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance, we've got more details on the custom-built convertible.
Commissioned by Roland Hall, a Rolls-Royce collector, the Hyperion resembles convertibles of the 1930s.; Certainly, the proportions (that hood's long enough for a shuffleboard court) are a throwback, but the Hyperion's side surfaces- sculpted with a number of flowing forms and a strong chamfered shoulder - recall Rolls-Royces of days gone by.
What lies underneath, however, is anything but retro.; Using the current Phantom Drophead Coupe as its basis, Pininfarina crafted the all-new body from carbon fiber.; The car features other modern touches including the requisite bi-xenon projector headlamps and LED taillights.
Sure, it's devoid of a backseat.; No, it doesn't have that sexy stainless-steel upper-body treatment of the Drophead Coupe.; But you know what?; We'd argue that the Hyperion looks much more elegant and sumptuous - two aspects that go hand-in-hand with the Spirit of Ecstasy.