The car you see above is not a 1935-model-year Rolls-Royce; instead, it’s a modern reinterpretation called the Rolls-Royce Jonckheere Aerodynamic Coupe II, a bold new (or is it old?) design from Dutch design house UgurSahinDesign.
The car is designed to evoke one of Rolls-Royce’s most iconic models, the 1935 Phantom I Jonckheere Coupe. Belgian coachbuilders Henri and Joseph Jonckheere built the car some time around 1935, and earned the nickname “Round Door Rolls Royce.” The car had a tumultuous history–going through multiple different shapes–before making its modern-era debut at the 2005 Pebble Beach Concours, where it scored the Lucius Beebe trophy for the best Rolls-Royce. It now lives at the Petersen Automotive Museum in California. Jonckheere (the name) continues to live today, although it’s slapped on the back of European VDL-brand motor coaches.
Since the Jonckheere I is obviously not for sale, it makes a good candidate for a reinvention, which is exactly what Dutch designer Ugur Sahin is trying to do. His Jonckheere II apes the original, with enclosed rear wheels and round headlights, as well as an aerodynamic body and suicide doors. But the new model makes use of some modern technologies, like LEDs for the front running lights and rear light bar, which forms a creased V at the bottom of the rear end.
It’s unclear what Sahin can do at this point to make this car–he’s currently looking for a wealthy backer to commission a one-off production version. It’s not clear if the Jonckheere II could be formed on top of the remains of a current Rolls-Royce, like a Ghost or Phantom. It seems the usual haute design rule applies here: anything is possible, if you’ve got enough time and money.
Considering we don’t have the scratch to make this design a reality (and you likely don’t, either), we do have the next best thing: plenty of photos. Take a good, long look and let us know what you think in the comments below.