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Definition of "Special Coachbuilding"
Ferrari Pininfarina P4/5 Sketch James Glickhaus

There is no strict definition of “Special Coachbuilding”. However, following generally accepted considerations and discerning manufacturing trajectories, a good set of rules and conditions can be extracted to define which cars can be considered “Special Coachbuilt” and which not.

A car can be considered a “special coachbuilt” if: .... >>
 
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Short history of coachbuilding (1st era)
Rolling chassis
Rolls-Royce rolling chassis


In the early motoring days, when series production did not yet exist, the process of acquiring a new vehicle was more complex, as rolling chassis provided the basis for different coachbuilding scenarios.
 
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Short history of coachbuilding (2nd era)
Ferrari 250 GTO Scaglietti fitting frame
After WW II automotive mass production soon became mainstream, ending the era of separate manufacturing of chassis and tailored coachworks. Many coachbuilders went bankrupt, were bought by manufacturers or changed their core business to other activities.
 
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Vandenbrink GTO
Vandenbrink Ferrari 599/ 630 GTO

Vandenbrink 599/630 GTO, based on Ferrari 599 GTB Fiorano.

Vandenbrink Design joined the revival of special coachbuilding by presenting their design of the GTO, a tribute to the 1962 Ferrari 250 GTO.

Evolution: Ferrari 250 GTO to Vandenbrink 599 GTO

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Volkswagen buys Italdesign Giugiaro
Volkswagen takes over Italdesign Giugiaro

Another designhouse loses its independency. Today, the Volkswagen Group and Italdesign Giugiaro S.p.A have announced that the Volkswagen Group will take a 90.1 percent stake in Italdesign Giugiaro.
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Gallery update: Ze Frensj
Brandone Talbot-Lago T120 Roadster

Bonjour! This gallery update concerns the French coachbuilders Brandone, Gangloff and Figoni & Falaschi.
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Gallery update: some Bentleys
Bentley

After the Rolls-Royce update, this next gallery update logically concerns the latest Bentley additions.
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Gallery update: the Rolls-Royces
H.J. Mulliner Rolls-Royce 40/50HP Silver Ghost "London to Edinburgh" Tourer

Coachbuilt Rolls-Royces... There are just too many! Here is an overview of the recently added and/or updated Rolls-Royce galleries.
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Wallpapers: Saoutchik Delahaye 175S Roadster
Saoutchik Delahaye 175S Roadster 1949

A new auction is announced , meaning lots of professional high quality photo shoots become available. We now have a wonderful set of images of this famous one-off Delahaye 175S Roadster by Saoutchik to grace your desktop.
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