We have considered various ways to save money on cars. Now what about when the budget is so big you can see it from space?
This is the 2008 Rolls-Royce Hyperion, designed and made to order by Pininfarina. It turned up for sale in the Middle East in 2012 and may have been sold for about six million dollars. The person who commissioned it, a Briton, presumably had a lot of say in how it looked.
Much of it is rather fine, I think and those bits that aren’t so fine (lamps) must be exactly what the fellow wanted. Here we run into the problem of bespoke things. The wisdom of crowds is often bad at originality but it also has a way of filtering out questionable things too. It would seem to me that when you want something bespoke the advantage lies down at the millimetric scale: you have the arms of your coat cut to suit your exact arm dimensions. Adding a third arm is original but also bad.
Economy is relative, isn’t it? In all likelihood the owner made a profit on this car so it wasn’t such a strange thing to do. I’d guess it cost one to two million euros to make the car and it sold for rather more so Mr Owner had four years of trouble-free motoring before getting shot of the car at a tidy profit. That’s economy: the rich can afford to spend money so as to make it. You’ll find that somewhere in Das Kapital, I expect.