Journal: Here Are Coachbuilding Masters At Work

Here Are Coachbuilding Masters At Work

Michael Banovsky By Michael Banovsky
April 21, 2016
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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.

Image sources: Bertone Archives, Tad Orlowski, 
carstyling.ruautobild.depasionlujo.comthemotorhood.com

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Bryan Dickerson
Bryan Dickerson

Guitar,
Once again, in your own “special” way, you’ve managed to point out something great. I’ve found my new dream car, the Moal Gatto. Holy mackerel, that’s phenomenal! That car and owner really deserve a Petrolicious feature.

Guitar Slinger
Guitar Slinger

… yeah .. thats all nice and good and all revisiting the past paying homage and genuflecting before the alter of history etc ….. but … the simple fact is … if the LALa Land based Petro crew’d head just a few miles north …. you’d be able to witness first hand not to mention feature the best of todays coachbuilders who in fact at least rival if not exceed anything that ever existed in the past . I’m speaking of course about Steve Moal and his crew at Moal Coachworks up Oakland way . http://moal.com/index.html From restoration to hot… Read more »

Nate
Nate

Hard to beat the Duesenbergs for coach built pieces of art

Guitar Slinger
Guitar Slinger

Actually Nate .. it really isn’t hard at all as a matter of fact .

Nate
Nate

Hey GS, go fuck yourself