One of the delights of ‘ambling’ through the Geneva Auto Salon, passing by the mainstream manufacturers, is the surprise of discovering a hidden gem from one of the few remaining independent Italian carrozzeria.
|1938 Alfa Romeo 8C 2900BLR|
The company’s history is populated by some memorable designs, and this year in Geneva it showed two beautiful examples of its current work.
The stunning Gumpert Tornante, which is a low and sexy sports coupe; and the Flying Star, a Shooting Brake created by adding a hatchback to the donor car, a Bentley GTC convertible.
The Flying Star begins production inside a ‘reference cage’ and lightweight panels are crafted and fitted by hand.
|1948 Ferrari Barchetta 166 MM|
Unsurprisingly the company faced difficult challenges, and in 1966 was forced to close its doors, however in the year of its 85th anniversary, it has restarted its activities, now part of Zeta Europe BV, a private company specializing in high-end products and brands.
Touring Superleggera now has a healthy order book for both Gumpert Tornante and Flying Star commissions, and is also expanding its business by providing complete design services to car manufacturers.
|2009 Maserati A8-GCS Berlinetta|
It’s truly pleasing to see a revered and respected Milanese carrozzeria returned to its rightful place at the 2011 Geneva Salon, among the latest creations of the world car industry.