Rolls-Royce Jonckheere Aerodynamic Coupe II

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Rolls-Royce Jonckheere Aerodynamic Coupe II

Created by UgurSahinDesign, the Rolls-Royce Jonckheere Aerodynamic Coupe II is a study of a modern interpretation of the iconic Rolls Royce Phantom I Jonckheere Aerodynamic Coupe one-off.

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The retro-inspired concept follows UgurSahinDesign‘s USD Z03 design concept, which has made its way to production as “Anadi”.

Rolls-Royce Jonckheere Aerodynamic Coupe II Concept

Rolls-Royce Jonckheere Aerodynamic Coupe II Concept

The original Jonckheere Aerodynamic Coupe was built by Belgium by Henri Jonckheere and his son Joseph Jonckheere in 1935. Starting from a 1925 Rolls-Royce Phantom I they added a streamlined coachwork with twin sunroofs.

1925 Rolls-Royce Phantom I Jonckheere Aerodynamic Coupe 1925 Rolls-Royce Phantom I Jonckheere Aerodynamic Coupe

Above: the 1925 Rolls Royce Phantom I Jonckheere Aerodynamic Coupe (Source: Supercars.net)

After years spent in Europe, US East Coast and Japan, the so-called “Rounded Door” Rolls-Royce came into the possession of the Los Angeles-based Peterson Automotive Museum in the spring of 2001.

Rolls-Royce Jonckheere Aerodynamic Coupe II Concept

As Ugur Sahin explains, “The main goal of this design was to respectfully reinterpret the original Rolls-Royce Jonckheere Aerodynamic Coupe I, which was built in Belgium by Henri Jonckheere and his son Joseph Jonckheere in 1935.

Unfortunately the “Jonckheere Works” was destroyed during WW2 and no records survived, so whoever commissioned or designed the original car remains a mystery.

They were well known throughout Europe for making bodies on both cars and busses. The later of which is still in production today as VDL Jonckheere.

UgurSahinDesign was assigned by VDL Jonckheere to honor its coachbuilding history through a reinterpretation of the original car.

Rolls-Royce Jonckheere Aerodynamic Coupe II Concept

He explains: “For us, the original car represents the timeless aspects of automotive art and its impact it can have on a person even after 77 years. The new design was carefully put together with a very crucial thing in mind; “Respect”.”

“It is challenging to reinterpret something from that past which has a very imposing and impressive character like the original car, into a modern shape without losing its core essence.”

“Many things like the proportions and lines, the impression some shapes give, are very essential to re-capture in the new design.”

“While keeping the past DNA, injecting modern design elements which are in coherence with the past, is always a challenging task for every designer.”

Rolls-Royce Jonckheere Aerodynamic Coupe II Concept“It was important to avoid creating a design which is too modern by changing the original proportions too much, while still adding and changing elements in a certain way to avoid creating an outdated impression.”

“With these things in mind, we set out to design a car that reflects a complex character which impresses its surroundings without having to depend on too complicated elements and unnecessary additions.

“In some way this certain quality might reflect its owner as well.”

“The front of the car is one of the most impressive parts with a colossal grill that pays its respect to Rolls-Royce history and the original car while the round doors are a tribute to the original design which has made the car unique since its build in 1935, for some it is known as ‘The Round Door Rolls-Royce’”

Rolls-Royce Jonckheere Aerodynamic Coupe II Concept

“The rear of the car has the same bold styling with subtle details which do not disrupt the main proportions and the stance of the car.”

Rolls-Royce Jonckheere Aerodynamic Coupe II Concept

Speaking about potential developments, Ugur Sahin explains “Currently we are negotiating with potential investors and parties who are interested to become involved in the project in order to build an exclusive “One-Off” car which is destined to give its owner the ultimate feeling of luxury.”

For more information, visit UgurSahinDesign or contact info@ugursahindesign.com.

(Image Courtesy: UgurSahinDesign for Car Body Design)

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  1. Ariuo Barzin

    sehr gut!!

    17/12/2012 (via Facebook)
  2. Francesco Di Giuseppe

    Those LED stripes in the front look really cheap compared to the somptuous front end.
    I think this feature could be designed better.

    18/12/2012
  3. RVLmagnadesign

    I remember vividly the sensation when the car was shown at Pebble Beach. My congratulations to you and your restrained design and elegant illustrations. However, I do agree that LED lights are a distraction and an over-used design cliche.

    18/12/2012

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