Louis de Fabribeckers shapes the future of coachbuilding at Touring
Just as in the golden era of coachbuilding, the sports cars from Carrozzeria Touring in Milan are still handcrafted out of aluminium...
Founded in 1926, during the golden era of automotive coachbuilding, Carrozzeria Touring became well-known for its elegant and well-proportioned lightweight bodies, which used an aluminium skin atop a tubular frame and bore the evocative Superleggera name. “Weight is the enemy and aerodynamic resistance the hurdle,” declared Touring’s gifted co-founder and chief designer, Carlo Felice Bianchi Anderloni. Following this mantra, the small workshop on the outskirts of Milan created some of the most beautiful and influential cars in history, such as the BMW 328 Berlinetta, the Ferrari 166 Barchetta, the Alfa Romeo 6C 2500 ‘Villa d’Este’, and the legendary Aston Martin DB5. Carrozzeria Touring’s most revolutionary design was undoubtedly the Alfa Romeo 1900 C52, a streamlined sports racing car that was unveiled in 1952 and became commonly known as the ‘Disco Volante’ — or Flying Saucer — due to its sleek, out-of-this-world appearance. Although the company closed its doors in the 1960s, it reopened in 2006 and, today, produces limited Superleggera sports cars, adhering to the classic design principles once again.
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