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 Post subject: General Balbo info
PostPosted: Tue Feb 10, 2009 4:08 pm 
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 19, 2010 4:41 pm 
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Alfonso Balbo opened his plant at corso Parigi 78 in Turin, in 1914. He began to build cars and commercial vehicles mostly derived from Fiat chassis. But Balbo learned gain notoriety when he made in 1922 one of his most successful coachwork on Lancia Trikappa chassis. In 1926 Baldo died suddendly for a stroke and the reins of the company were taken by Carlo Follis, one of his closest collaborators.
The activity of "Carrozzeria succ. Balbo" (Balbo's successors coachbuilder) in the late '20s and in the '30s was indeed strong, producing one car a day. This age was characterized by beautiful interpretations based on the Fiat 6C 1500 and the Lancia Aprilia chassis. The happen of the WWII paralized the normal activities and the factory was completely destroyed by the bombings in 1943. After the war, Follis moved to via Gorizia and returned to work hard coaching special versions on Fiat 1100B/E, 6C 1500D, altought there are also coupè and cabriolet models designed by Giovanni Michelotti. During the immediate postwar period, he made some interpretations on Alfa Romeo 6C 2500, Fiat 1400, Lancia Aurelia and Siata 208.
Michelotti introduced also Franco Scaglione to the company, who co-operated with succ.Balbo for some Lancia coupès. Follis also dedicated a lot of his efforts to project microcars. In 1953 he presented at the Turin motor show his new citycar, the Balbo B400, featured a two-stroke engine with 398cc and 15HP. This car, however, didn't exceed the prototypal stage and the years after the company, because a severe decrease of orders, closed with a bankruptcy agreement forever.


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This is the plant in the background, via Gorizia ang. C.so Sebastopoli, Turin.
The building doesn't exist anymore.


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