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Carrozzeria Touring

Carrozzeria Touring

Carrozzeria Touring was an automobile coachbuilder established in 1926. Founder Felice Bianchi Anderloni previously worked for Isotta-Fraschini as a test driver, as well as the Italian operations of Peugeot. The company was built from Carrozzeria Falco by Anderloni and Gaetano Ponzoni, adopting the Touring name shortly after. Carozzeria Falco belonged to Vittorio Ascari, brother of Alfa Romeo champion, Antonio Ascari.

The company started to produce custom built automotive bodywork with two distinctive features form the very beginning: sporting elegance and lightness. Early customers were reputed car makers as Isotta Fraschini and Alfa Romeo. It would mark the start of a flamboyant period, also culminating in the "Flying Star" period with several spectacular spider coachworks.

Touring Superleggera also gradually researched the streamlining process. The marriage between this, and their Superleggera construction system using aluminium body panels over a light but rigid tubular steel frame, resulted in some extremely elegant masterpieces such as the 1938 Alfa Romeo 8C2900 Touring spider, which today have become icons of automotive design and body construction.

In 1945, the excellent Carlo Felice Bianchi Anderloni joined his father at the company, which soon started to receive its first orders from a motivated Modenese entrepreneur called Enzo Ferrari. The Tipo 166 Touring "Barchetta" of 1950 formed a new milestone for light, elegant and effective design on a competition chassis. Under Carlo Felice, Touring saw its industrial customer basis grow in the mainstream of the expanding automotive industry in Italy and Europe. A number of niche models were designed and built on Alfa Romeo 1900, Lancia Flaminia and Maserati 3500. Another new inspired car manufacturer from the Bologna area relied on Touring's skills: Lamborghini. At the same time Aston Martin produced their DB4, 5 and 6 models with a license for the Superleggera system.

The energy crises of the early seventies, and the increasing mass production methods in the car industry would regretfully force many specialist companies to close their doors. Anderloni and Ponzoni remained with the company until the last production car left Carrozzeria Touring in 1966. 

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