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Vandenbrink 599 / 630 GTO

After sending in his article about his Ghia-Aigle bodied 1951 Ferrari 212 (see below), Warren de France had something to add: "Well, a new URL find. is a site I immediately bookmarked. A very impressive layout and array of interesting articles to read."
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: .... >>
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.
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.
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.
Gallery update: Ze Frensj
Brandone Talbot-Lago T120 Roadster

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

After the Rolls-Royce update, this next gallery update logically concerns the latest Bentley additions.
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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Drogo Ferrari 330 GT 2+2 #07979 1966

Drogo Ferrari 330 GT 2+2 #07979 1966

Drogo Ferrari 330 GT 2+2 #07979 1966

Drogo Ferrari 330 GT 2+2 #07979 1966

Drogo Ferrari 330 GT 2+2 #07979 1966

Drogo Ferrari 330 GT 2+2 #07979 1966

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