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Milano / Cernobbio, April 21st., 2006

  One of the most famous Italian automotive design companies and  special bodywork manufacturers enters a next phase. In the year of its 80th. Anniversary, Carrozzeria Touring Supperleggera of Milan is all set for a significant new launch of its specialist services and concepts for the special product niche of the international car market.

  Founded by Felice Bianchi Anderloni and Gaetano Ponzoni in 1926, the company started to produce custom built automotive bodywork with a distinctive feature form the very beginning: lightness.

  Early customers were reputed car makers as Isotta Fraschini and Alfa Romeo. It would mark the start of a flamboyant period, also culminating in the ‘Flying Star’ period with several spectacular spyder coachworks.

  Touring Superleggera also gradually researched the streamlining process. The marriage between this, and their Superleggera construction system using aluminium body panels over a light but rigid tubular steel frame, resulted in some extremely elegant masterpieces such as the 1938 Alfa Romeo 8C2900 Touring spyder, which today have become  icons of automotive design and body construction.

  In 1945, the excellent Carlo Felice Bianchi Anderloni  joined his father at the company, which soon started to receive its first orders from a motivated Modenese entrepreneur called Enzo Ferrari.  The tipo 166 Touring ‘Barchetta’ of 1950 formed a new milestone for light, elegant and effective design on a competition chassis.

  Under Carlo Felice,  Touring saw its industrial customer basis grow in the mainstream of the expanding automotive industry in Italy and Europe. A number of niche models were designed and built on Alfa Romeo 1900, Lancia Flaminia and Maserati 3500. Another new inspired car manufacturer from the Bologna area relied on Touring’s skills: Lamborghini. At the same time, Aston Martin produced their DB4, 5 and 6 models with a license for the  Superleggera system.

  The energy crises of the early seventies, and the increasing mass production methods in the car industry would regretfully force many specialist companies to close their doors. The last production car left Carrozzeria Touring in 1966, but the true Touring spirit  was firmly consolidated in the company’s products, that found their ways to an international community of motoring enthusiasts and car collectors.

  Carrozzeria Marazzi of Caronno Pertusella continued the production for Lamborghini, and would become the entrusted keepers of the Touring Superleggera brand. Until his retirement, Carlo Felice Bianchi Anderloni dedicated his talents to Alfa Romeo as head of their design department, but he also would continue to care for Touring’s heritage with unequalled energy until the very last days of his inspired life, which regretfully ended on Aug. 7,2003.

  On April 21st ., 2006 the exclusive rights for the Touring Superleggera brand were acquired by the international Zeta Europe BV group, a company with several subsidiary companies in the Milano area such as Carrozzeria Granturismo near Arese, and Ruote Borrani in Rozzano.

  The new targets for Carrozzeria Touring are ambitious and well-aimed: a high-quality and professional Milano-based service center for the special product niche in the international car industry. Sectors: automotive design, models, concept cars, and small-volume  production of special vehicles.

  “I had the pleasure and privilege to meet Carlo Felice Bianchi Anderloni on several occasions, and admired his inspiring interest and open mind for even very modern design concepts. He always liked to discuss the concept of a ‘modern day Touring’ ” says Zeta Europe’s CEO Paul V.J.Koot.

  “Touring Superleggera represents a precious new venture, which we are very proud to add  to our corporate portfolio. But we thoroughly realize the significant tasks and responsibilities that lay behind this takeover. Touring has a long, rich and versatile heritage that requires very well-thought and balanced steps to grow further in the complex context of the automotive environment of the 21st. century”

  “We are building a compact, dynamic team of competent young  professionals. Our pilot projects will include partial style studies (known as the traditional Elaborazione), as well as spectacular, totally new projects. We will focus on turn key projects. We want to see avant-garde design and new Touring bodies, not only virtual or on shows, but also on the road. And although today, we live in a global village, Touring Superleggera’s future models will continue to share their most important DNA with their famous  ancestors: Italy, and design with original  Italian inspiration. For me this is crucial, and we have a motivated and inspired Italian partner in this venture to safeguard this fidelity to the roots of Touring Superleggera”

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BMW Touring Superleggera
Fiat 1500 B Touring Superleggera Coupe, 1939
Alfa Romeo 6C 2300 B MM, Berlinetta Superleggera, Touring, 1939
Alfa Romeo 6C 2300 B MM, Berlinetta Superleggera, Touring, 1939
Alfa Romeo 6C 2300 B MM, Berlinetta Superleggera, Touring, 1939
Alfa Romeo 6C 2500 SS Touring Superleggera
Alfa Romeo 2500 Sport Berlina Superleggera - Lino Pasquale - Cittadella
Alfa Romeo 6C-2500 SS Touring Cabriolet s/n 915.527 ...... 204 1°  Rotundo Giovanni Piero Riva Cristina 1943 I
199 2°  Cucchi Mario Bocelli Gabriella ALFA ROMEO 1900 Sprint Touring Superleggera - prima serie 1953 I
166 Inter Touring Coupe s/n 005S
625 LM Touring Spyder s/n 0642MDTR
Maserati 5000 GT "Shaw of Persia" Touring Coupe s/n103.002 (maybe this is .004 or .010)
Alfa Romeo 8C-2900 Touring Spyder
AR 1900 Super Sprint Touring Coupe s/n AR 1900C 10160
Maserati 3500 GT Touring Coupe
166 MM Touring Berlinetta s/n 0042M
Alfa Romeo Spider Touring "Disco Volante" s/n 1359.00001
8C 2900 "B '308'"Touring LM Coupe s/n 412033
Alfa Romeo 1900 SS Touring Coupe sn 4091
Ferrari 166 MM Touring Berlinetta LM s/n 0060M
1933 Alfa Romeo 6C-1750 Gran Sport Spider with Touring coachwork, on s/n 121215050
Alfa Romeo 8C 2300 Le Mans by Carrozzeria Touring s/n 2211064
Alfa Romeo 6C-2300 MM Touring Coupe s/n 10914450
8C 2900 Touring LM Coupe s/n 412033
212 Export Touring Barchetta s/n 0084E
Alfa Romeo 6C-2300 1938 Biplace course Touring
Lamborghini 400 GT, 1966  12 cilindri a V, 3929 cm3 - Coupé, Touring
Pegaso Z 102 BS Competition Spider (Carrozzeria Touring) 1953; Ilka Seekamp (D)
Alfa Romeo 1900 SS Touring Cabriolet 1957; Jean-Frédéric Dufour (CH)
Alfa Romeo 8C 2300 Touring Spider s/n  2211088
Alfa Romeo 8C-2900 B Touring Spider s/n 412021
1938 Alfa Romeo 2900 B Speciale "Le Mans" s/n 412033 - Modello costruito in un unico esemplare con carrozzeria aerodinamica realizzato dalla Touring per la partecipazione alle 24 ore di Le Mans del 1938
Alfa Romeo 8C 2900 B Touring Spyder s/n 412014
Aston Martin DB 4 GT & Mr. Bianchi Anderloni
Lamborghini 400 GT Flying Star II s/n 0904
Lamborghini 400 GT Flying Star II s/n 0904
Aston Martin DB 4 GT
Felice Bianchi Anderloni fondatore della carrozzeria Touring
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