Carrozzeria Touring

Carrozzeria Touring was an Italian coachbuilder. The company was founded in 1926 by Felice Bianchi Anderloni ( born April 28, 1882 in Milan, † April 3, 1948 in Milan ) founded in Milan. Partners in management was his friend Gaetano Ponzoni. Both had studied law.

Company History

Anderloni was a gifted car designer. Touring a name made ​​up by the patented Superleggera (Italian for " super light " ) construction for the body. Similar to the case of aircraft, the basic structure of the body was a slight dimensional linkage of profiles of different shapes and thickness. As a material of aluminum, magnesium and their alloys or steel are used. The aluminum body panels are connected with this frame and increase the overall construction. This design simplified the construction of prototypes and small series in comparison to the then usual ash wood frame. Except for the weight reduction was a second object of the reduction of air resistance; as one of the first companies experimented Touring with wind tunnels. Both have become established in the general automotive industry until much later. " Weight is the enemy, aerodynamic resistance, the hurdle ," reads a quote from Anderloni.

However, the car had its price. Famous cars of the prewar period were mainly produced on chassis of Alfa Romeo Alfa Romeo 6C and 8C. A BMW 328 was built by Touring for the Mille Miglia, the 1940 also Huschke von Hanstein and Walter Bäumer first went through the target and to this day is with an average of 166.7 km / h lap record holder. Many elements of the design of the BMW 328 Mille Miglia found a few years later in the famous Jaguar XK 120 again.

After the death of Anderloni 1948, his son, Carlo Felice Bianchi Anderloni, the management. He has also been accompanied by Gaetano Ponzoni. The fifties were a technical heyday of the company. The design of the Touring cars has led the way for many automakers.

Early 1960s, it was expected a large order of Rootes Group and built a new factory in Nova Milanese. This order was canceled, which led to economic difficulties. The end of 1966 was forced to close its doors forever Carrozzeria Touring. The even then exclusive vehicles achieve today as neat vintage cars often top prices at auctions.

Touring cars

The bodies of the following vehicles have been designed by Anderloni, partly they were also built in Touring:

  • Alfa Romeo 6C 1500 to 2500
  • Alfa Romeo 8C 2300 to 2900
  • Alfa Romeo Villa d' Este
  • Alfa Romeo 1900 Super Sprint
  • Alfa Romeo Spider 2000 and 2600
  • Alfa Romeo Giulia Sprint GTC
  • Aston Martin DB4 and DB5
  • Bentley Continental Flying Star
  • BMW 328 Mille Miglia
  • Bristol 401, 402 and 403
  • Ferrari 166 Inter Coupe
  • Ferrari 195 Inter Coupe
  • Ferrari 195 Sport Touring Berlinetta Le Mans
  • Ferrari 212 Inter Coupe
  • Ferrari 340MM Spider
  • Ferrari 360 Barchetta
  • Ferrari 625LM Spyder Touring
  • Fiat 1200 Spider
  • Hudson Italia
  • Jensen Interceptor
  • Lamborghini 350 GT
  • Lamborghini 400 GT
  • Lancia Flaminia GT, GTL and GTC
  • Lancia Flavia Convertibile
  • Maserati 3500 GT
  • Maserati 5000 GT
  • Maserati A8GCS Berlinetta ( prototype, based on the Maserati Coupé GranSport )
  • Maserati Bellagio Fastback (based on Maserati Quattroporte )
  • Pegaso Z 102
  • Sunbeam Venezia