About coachbuilding by Niels van Roij Design

how does car design for coachbuilding work?

About coachbuilding by Niels van Roij Design

Welcome to coachbuilding by Niels van Roij Design

Coachbuilding has a long history and tradition that stretches back over 100 years. In the early motoring days, when series production did not yet exist, the process of acquiring a new vehicle involved purchasing a chassis. After that, the customer approached a carrozzeria or coachbuilder, requesting a personal body design to be fitted on the chassis.

The renaissance of coachbuilding

Coachbuilding has always been synonymous elegance, quality and technical innovation. Above all, coachbuilding by Niels van Roij Design offers traditional values and know-how, combined with top-level expertise and state-of-the-art computer and design technology. In other words, the renaissance of coachbuilding is here.

Understanding each patron

The genesis is a single line on paper, the process ends with every surface being sculpted by the artisans at the coachbuilder. In addition, each requirement is achieved with absolute loyalty to your wish as the future owner. In conclusion, the outcome of the design exercise is a one of a kind personalized vehicle. Start the conversation in our showroom:

Niels van Roij Design
Industrielaan 11
5405 AA Uden

Realizing our clients ideas

Every car offers great opportunities for curated interior and exterior design work. From a brand new motorcar, to a youngtimer, or even classic cars. Through design sketches and computer renderings our team will realize your ideas. Our design research can touch the world of art and design and of course looks at cars too. A coachbuilt vehicle is the ultimate expression of you as our customer. Whatever it is that inspires you – nature, music, technology – our design team will integrate your wishes in a vehicle that will reflect your ideas and taste, whether it is a subtle detail or a grander gesture. Our clientele can choose to personalize understated features such as the car’s bright work and tread-plates or to make a more outspoken statement by having a fully new exterior design developed – or commissioning interior trim and features crafted especially for you.

The possibilities of car design for coachbuilding

Any motorcar could be coachbuilt:
-brand new automobiles
-classic and historical automobiles

Some typologies which could be converted:
-Luxury cars
-Grand tourers

Possible ideas for a coachbuilt motorcar:
-work colour and materials of the interior
-designing personal tailor made exterior paint
-coupe to shooting brake (part conversion)
-full rebody motorcar, e.g. Breadvan Hommage
-convert car into a Targa, wide body or Speedster
-convert SUV into a Coupe, e.g. Adventum Coupe
-convert sedan into a Convertible or Landaulette

How does car design for coachbuilding work? Part 1-3 of 6.

1 Contact
Get in touch with Niels van Roij Design. You can do this via the contact from on the bottom of this page. From there we could schedule a phone conversation or meet in person at your convenience.

2 Orientation
Discuss your personal ideas for a coachbuilt motorcar and how we could help you achieve these. We schedule a meeting at a time and place convenient for you, preferably at your home where you are most at ease and surrounded with everything you like.

3 Choice
Once all possibilites and your dreams have been outlined, the global idea set and costs discussed, we will write an agreement on the steps we have agreed upon for your personal coachbuilt motorcar.


How does car design for coachbuilding work? Part 3-6 of 6.

4 Design
Then the co-design process (we will design with you, not just for you) will start. We will present your ideas in ideation sketches, the inital thoughts put on paper. Later these will be developed once you have made a choice, into more refined and detailed renderings. Again a choice will be made.

5 Development
Once the design has been “frozen” we can either start clay modelling on full scale, or use CAD computer technology to design your car digitally. The clay or the CAD model will help refine the design even further and will be used to produce your one-off car. Together with our top-end suppliers we will develop your personalised car design into a road going vehicle.

6 Launch
Depending on your ideas and wishes, we can origanise either a very private launch just for you and your loved onces. Alternatively we could arrange a local or even global press launch of your coachbuilt vehicle by Niels van Roij Design.

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