One of the displays at every year’s Geneva Salon that I am keen to see is the special vehicle produced for that year’s Salon by Touring Superleggera of Milan.
Last year the famous carrozerria revealed the Sciadipersia coupe based on the current Maserati Gran Turismo. Only 10 versions of this coupe will be made, after an initial order by one of Touring’s most loyal customers.
The coupe honours an original Frua design in 1952 created for the Shah of Persia. That original coupe was completely restored by Touring Superleggera.
The way it works is that the customer brings a standard production car to Touring’s headquarters and the design team creates an exclusive style. Then Touring’s automotive artisans proceed to strip the production car, leaving just the platform, powertrain, suspension and wheels, on which to mount its delicate and sophisticated creation.
In 2019 Touring Superleggera’s display at the Geneva Salon featured a Cabriolet version of the Sciadipersia. Powered by Maserati’s 4.7L naturally-aspirated 455hp V8, which drives through either a 6-speed sequential gearbox, or a conventional 6-speed automatic, the Sciadipersia takes six months to complete.
As in past years Touring Superleggera will also display the car at this Concorso d’Eleganza at the Villa d’Este Hotel on the shores of Lago di Como.
I think this coupe be one of the carrozerri’s most beautiful creations.