Ugur Sahin Design Recreates Rolls Royce Jonckheere Aerodynamic Coupe

Ugur Sahin is a Turkish car designer who lives in the Netherlands and is the founder of the design house that bears his name. If the latter doesn’t ring a bell, then maybe some of his previous works, including the Alfa Romeo C12 GTS, Aston Martin Gauntlet and of course, the Corvette-based Soleil Anadi that went from concept to production, will. This time, VDL Jonckheere, a Belgian company whose roots can be traced back to coachbuilder “Jonckheere Works” that was destroyed during World War II, approached Ugur Sahin Design with the task to re-create one of the firm’s greatest creations, the one-off Rolls-Royce Phantom I Aerodynamic Coupe, which currently resides in the Petersen Museum in California. The Dutch design firm accepted the challenged and designed the Rolls Royce “Jonckheere” Aerodynamic Coupe II featured in these renderings. Ugur Sahin said that his company is currently looking for potential investors and parties to become involved in the project and create a production version of the car. Ugur Sahin provides more details about the project below:

“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 who commissioned or designed the original car remains a mystery. They were well known throughout Europe for making bodies on both cars and busses. The latter 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 which currently is in the possession of the California-based Peterson Museum.” “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 re-interpret 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.” “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” “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.” “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.”