Here Are Coachbuilding Masters At Work
Cars are sold as complete things, which is kind of a shame in the case of “coachbuilt” masterpieces. It’s a practice that evolved from the days of horse-drawn carriages into, eventually, jaw-droppingly gorgeous horse-less carriages.
It used to be that to drive a car meant needing a coachbuilder to finish the vehicle by crafting a body on top of a rudimentary chassis and drivetrain. With mass production and other assembly technologies, this practice fell out of favor for many. When drivers have a vehicle tailored to their exact specifications, the end result is often pored over for decades in great detail—for the last half-century, vehicles built by carrozzeria are usually worthy of admiration, anyway.
We’ve been lucky enough to film and admire some coachbuilt cars, but we’ll never be able to go back in time and witness these famous workshops crafting bodywork and components by hand. Thankfully, this style of craftsmanship has been passed down, and is still seen everywhere from hot rods to recreations.
None of us will be able to see what Pininfarina, Touring, Bertone, and others were like during their heyday, but thankfully, a few captivating images are still around to spark our imagination as we consider what it was like.
The more modern images you see here are from our recent feature on Scuderia Toni and Carrozzeria Autosport in Maranello, Italy.