coach builder


Dartz Prombon Black Alligator, 2017. The latest product from the Latvian coach-builder is based on a Mercedes-AMG GLS63 and built to owners’ individual specifications. The body is modified using Kevlar and carbon fibre, and is available with amour-plating. The Mercedes-AMG 5.5 litre V8 can be modified to produce up to 1600hp. The headlamps appear to have been sourced from a Jeep Grand Cherokee


1931 Minerva 8 AL Convertible Sedan with custom coachwork by the Rollston Company.  I find it particularly interesting when a European chassis was sent to an American coach builder, and vice versa, as you saw it so infrequently.  Using a coach builder across the world added significant time and expense to the whole process of commissioning a custom car, with emphasis on time because money was generally no object for individuals in this realm.  


Mini XXL Concept, 2004. A six wheel, four door, six seater stretch Mini Cooper S built by a specialist coach builder in Los Angeles. In addition to the usual limousine accoutrements the XXL features a whirlpool integrated into the rear section of the car which can accommodate two people. The detachable roof means that it can be covered when not in use, or if privacy is desired.


Citroën SM variations, 1972, by Heuliez. As a struggling independent car maker in the early 70s Citroën lacked the resources to develop the SM beyond a single model so they invited various coach builders including Heuliez to make proposals. These drawings by Yves Dubernard of Heuliez show 4 and 5 door versions as well as a version with a more utilitarian flat bed rear deck. In the end all of these were passed over for a 4 door by Chapron