Padua

21st-24th October 2021

Padua

21st-24th October 2021

15 Mar

THE SUPERLEGGERA CANON

in: VINTAGE CARS
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The intuition that changed everything

When Felice Bianchi Anderloni founded the Touring Body Shop alongside Gaetano Ponzoni back in 1926, it wasn't rare for cars to leave the garage without a shell or a chassis. It was then up to specialised body shop mechanics to 'dress them up' in an original way.

In the late 1930s, Touring patented a genius idea: they substituted the wooden shell frame with a tubular frame made of thin steel chromium-molybdenum tubes.  This meant that the shell and the frame were no longer two components but one, while the external 'skin' of the car was made of thin aluminium panels or other light materials.

But this is not the only insight to have determined the course of history. Isotta Fraschini, Lancia Dilambda and Astura, Alfa Romeo, Bristol and Ferrari: every Touring Superleggera is unique and each one is created by paying attention to and carefully respecting the features of each model. 

However, all of them - from the first Alfa Romeo 6C 2300B that raced in the 1937 Mille Miglia to the more recent 1966 Flying Star II Lamborghini 400 GTV - were rigorously and coherently kitted out with these two principles in mind: "Weight is the enemy and air resistance is the obstacle".   

This is the essence of the "Superleggera Touring" brand.

While their body shop was in business, Felice Bianchi Anderloni and his son Carlo Felice adhered to these principles, which were supported by aeronautical studies and tested in the wind tunnel.

Adherence to this canon has gifted us some of the most beautiful cars in the history of automobiles.

For further information: www.registrotouringsuperleggera.com