CAR­ROZZE­RIA TOUR­ING

New Zealand Classic Car - - Feature -

Carlo ‘Cici’ An­der­loni is re­garded as the de­sign mas­ter­mind be­hind Car­rozze­ria Tour­ing. Like his fa­ther, Felice Bianchi An­der­loni, he be­came an au­to­mo­tive icon in his own right, hav­ing played a ma­jor part in many no­table ma­chines of the coach-built ‘golden age’. Felice founded Car­rozze­ria Tour­ing in Mi­lan, Italy, in March 1926. A race driver and coach­builder dur­ing the 1930s for Isotta-fras­chini and Alfa Romeo, he gained an en­vi­able rep­u­ta­tion for cre­at­ing stylishly el­e­gant, aero­dy­namic de­signs. He de­vel­oped the patented ‘su­perlight’ Su­per­leg­gera con­struc­tion method, a cre­ation of me­tal tube frames welded to a solid chas­sis and fin­ished off by adding alu­minium body pan­els. Things changed rapidly for Cici af­ter the sud­den death of his fa­ther in 1948, and the for­tunes of the com­pany soon fol­lowed when his 1:10-scale ‘lit­tle boat’ de­sign of the dis­tinc­tive Barchetta was ac­cepted by prospec­tive client Enzo Fer­rari. The Su­per­leg­gera con­cept soon be­came syn­ony­mous with Tour­ing, and was in­cor­po­rated into the name of the com­pany, which be­came ‘Tour­ing Su­per­leg­gera Mi­lano’ in the 1950s. The first two cars de­signed and built un­der Cici’s re­spon­si­bil­i­ties are two of au­to­mo­tive his­tory’s time­less mas­ter­pieces — the Alfa Romeo 6C 2500SS coupé and the Fer­rari 166 road­ster. Sev­eral other pro­duc­tion mod­els fol­lowed, in­clud­ing the Alfa Romeo 1900 Coupe, Maserati 3500 Coupe, and Lam­borgh­ini 350 GT. Cici also forged links with As­ton Martin af­ter li­cens­ing his fa­ther’s Su­per­leg­gera pro­duc­tion method. The svelte lines of the fab­u­lous DB4 and DB5 mod­els were in­deed penned by An­der­loni and his team. With the ad­vance­ment of mono­coque con­struc­tion in the 1960s, the end for An­der­loni’s com­pany was in­evitable. Com­peti­tors such as Pin­in­fa­rina were front run­ners for the scarce coach­build­ing work that re­mained. The tal­ented Cici went on to be­come an ad­vi­sor, and then the per­son in charge of the in-house de­sign depart­ment at Alfa Romeo. Af­ter his re­tire­ment, Cici re­mained ex­tremely ac­tive, and he was — among other things — judge and chair­man of the jury at the world’s most pres­ti­gious con­cours d’elé­gance events at Peb­ble Beach, Ba­gatelle, and Villa d’este un­til his death in 2003. Tour­ing’s de­signs have stood the test of time over the decades. The gra­ciously com­bined flair and good taste with ex­cel­lent work­man­ship cre­ated some of the most in­tox­i­cat­ing au­to­mo­biles ever built. Today, Tour­ing-bod­ied cars are among the world’s most cov­eted col­lec­tor au­to­mo­biles.

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