Touring Superleggera has now confirmed it will be appearing at this year’s Salon Privé having previously displayed its Bentley Flying Star and award-winning Disco Volante, and in 2014 it picked up Best Concept Car of the Year for its MINI Superleggera Vision.
Joining an already star-studded automotive line-up at Blenheim Palace, the famed Italian styling house has a rich history of touring which dates back to 1926 when the company was founded in Milan by Felice Anderloni and Gaetano Ponzoni.
Producing bodywork for some of the finest marques of the time, including Alfa Romeo and Isotta Fraschini, and in 1937 introduced a method of producing lightweight bodies by attaching aluminium panels to a tubular structure. The process was named ‘Superleggera’, and it was later licensed by Aston Martin for production of the Touring-designed DB4.
Felice’s son Carlo took over the business in the years following the Second World War, and Touring established a close relationship with Ferrari. It made bodywork for the beautiful 166MM as well as the subsequent 195, 212 and 340MM models. This golden era for Touring also saw it working with great names such as Maserati and Pegaso, and when Ferruccio Lamborghini decided to take on Ferrari with a car bearing his own name, it was Touring that was responsible for his 350 GT.
Salon Privé Director David Bagley said:
“Few events are more stylish than this, so it’s entirely fitting that we’ll be welcoming one of the great Italian design houses to the glorious surroundings of Blenheim Palace. Touring Superleggera has worked – and continues to work – with some of the most iconic names in motoring, and it’s designed cars for everyone from Gianni Agnelli to James Bond. No doubt Touring-bodied cars will feature in the Concours d’Elégance by AXA, and the whole week will be a memorable celebration of outstanding design.”
Still based in Milan, Touring Superleggera now specialises in bespoke projects built as one-offs or in a limited series using the very latest technology. Over the past decade, it has created everything from the Tornante supercar for Gumpert to the four-seater Maserati-based Sciàdipersia Coupé, and even the all-electric Artega Scalo Superelletra.
Joining the prestige event will also be a trio of stunning Ferraris which will see the historic 166MM and a 1948 166 Inter Coupé, chassis number 0015S. This Touring-bodied beauty was displayed at the 1949 Geneva Salon and retains its original jewel-like 1995cc V12 engine. Completing the trio is a 1952 Vignale-bodied 212/225 Export that boasts significant period competition history.