The 2018 Geneva Motor Show,2017 Carrozzeria Touring Superleggera Sciàdipersia Coupé  Chassis no. ZAMVL45B000181682

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Lot 133
2017 Carrozzeria Touring Superleggera Sciàdipersia Coupé
Chassis no. ZAMVL45B000181682

€ 380,000 - 580,000
US$ 450,000 - 690,000
The 2018 Geneva Motor Show
2017 Carrozzeria Touring Superleggera Sciàdipersia Coupé
Chassis no. ZAMVL45B000181682
•The only Sciàdipersia coupé built
•Only one owner
•Complete with its original luggage
•Registered in Italy and less than 11,500 km from new

* Please note that this car will be available for viewing by prior appointment in Italy.

Footnotes

  • One of the most famous names in Italian coachbuilding, Carrozzeria Touring was founded in Milan in 1926 and enjoyed 40 years of outstanding success before its demise in the mid-1960s. Revived in 2006 under new ownership as Carrozzeria Touring Superleggera Srl, the company specialises in 'low-volume bespoke motorcars and one-off commissions, each one uniquely crafted to the customer's specification'.

    The driving force behind Carrozzeria Touring was Felice Bianchi Anderloni, a lawyer turned test-driver who had strong family links with his employer, Isotta Fraschini. Moving on from Isotta Fraschini, he worked for Peugeot Italiana and in the winter of 1925 took control of Carrozzeria Falco in Milan together with his friend and business partner, Gaetano Ponzoni. Its name changed to Touring in 1926, the company obtained a licence for the Weymann method of body construction and soon was supplying bodies to a wide variety of Italian manufacturers. Designer Giuseppe Seregni was hired in 1927 and it was his Flying Star roadster, built on an Isotta Fraschini 8B chassis, which would establish Touring's reputation for styling innovation and matchless quality.

    A self-taught engineer, Anderloni well understood the advantages conferred by reducing both weight and aerodynamic drag, famously declaring: "Weight is the enemy and air drag the obstacle". In pursuance of these goals he developed the Superleggera (Super Lightweight) method of body construction that is forever associated with the Milanese coachbuilder, which consisted of an outer skin of aluminium panels supported by an underlying framework of small-diameter steel tubes. The first Superleggera bodies were built in 1937.

    Guided by Anderloni's son, Carlo, and designer Federico Formenti (hired in 1940), Touring would go on to create some of the most beautiful and influential cars of the post-war era, commencing with the Freccia d'Oro and Villa d'Este models on the Alfa Romeo 6C 2500 chassis. Among Formenti's other memorable designs was the Alfa Romeo Disco Volante of 1952 and the Shah of Iran's Maserati 5000 GT of 1959, while together with Carlo Anderloni he was also responsible for the Aston Martin DB4 of 1958.

    Unable to secure contracts to utilise the increased capacity of its new factory near Monza, Touring fell into receivership in March 1964 and was gone for good by the end of 1966. But, as is so often the case with a valuable motoring name, that was not the end of the Touring story. Carlo Anderloni and Carrozzeria Marazzi preserved the 'Touring Superleggera' trademark and used it to support the company's heritage until the current owners acquired the rights in 2006. The new firm is headquartered near Milan, its hometown, where it continues to produce limited-edition sports cars adhering to the classic design principles established by the original founders.

    The inspiration for the Sciàdipersia, introduced at the Geneva Motor Show in 2018, was the three Maserati 5000 GTs that Touring built in the late 1950s, the first of which had been ordered by the Shah of Persia, a noted Maserati enthusiast. And like its illustrious forebear, the 21st Century Sciàdipersia is based on a Maserati: the GranTurismo two-door coupé. Thus the Sciàdipersia has the 454bhp 4.7-litre V8 engine found in the sportier GranTurismo models and an MC Race Shift robotised six-speed manual paddle-shift gearbox or ZF six-speed automatic transmission with torque converter. Weighing some 120kg (264lb) less than the GranTurismo, the Sciàdipersia accelerates to 100km/h in 4.8 seconds on its way to an estimated top speed of 299km/h (186mph).

    The interior also remains largely to GranTurismo pattern, albeit enhanced with opulent Italian leather and brushed aluminium trim. Externally, though, the Sciàdipersia departs radically from its donor car, featuring a completely redesigned body loosely based on the Touring 5000 GT's low-slung three-box silhouette, though considerably sleeker. According to Touring Superleggera: "As with every masterpiece, it all starts with a simple concept: the arrow, slimming down the centre sections to extend the perceived length. Its natural dynamism is further enhanced by the front and rear fender ridgelines.

    "Unusually, but fittingly for a full four-seater, passengers are immersed in the surrounding natural environment thanks to the extensive glazing and the vast glass roof, permitted by the slim architecture of the rear pillar." Few would deny that the result is preferable to that achieved by Maserati. The exterior colour chosen is known as 'Orient Night Sky', which Touring says is intended to evoke a clear sky at night-time, while aluminium accents feature on the nose, tail, and 'C' pillar, harking back to the original.

    Each one would be hand-built to order and only 15 cars were planned for production, though Touring Superleggera refused to quote a fixed price as that would vary depending on an owner's personal specification. Currently the limited series is sold-out, only one coupé (this car) has been completed, while all the other ordered, and currently manufactured, are cabriolet.

    This Sciàdipersia is based on a 2017 donor car and has had only one owner. Presented in immaculate condition, it is offered with the original purchase invoice for €760,620 and comes with its set of customised Foglizzo luggage. A once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to own this masterpiece of automotive design from one of the most celebrated names in Italian coachbuilding.

    Voiture du salon de Genève 2018
    Carrosserie Touring Superleggera Sciàdipersia coupé 2017
    Châssis n° ZAMVL45B000181682

    •Le seul coupé Sciàdipersia construit
    •Un seul propriétaire
    •Complète avec ses bagages d'origine
    •Immatriculée en Italie, moins de 11 500 km d'origine

    La carrozzeria Touring, l'un des noms les plus prestigieux de la carrosserie italienne, a été fondée à Milan en 1926 et a connu 40 années de succès, avant sa faillite au milieu des années 1960. Ressuscitée en 2006 sous le nom de Carrozzeria Touring Superleggera Srl, la société s'est spécialisée dans les voitures construites à la demande en petite série ou à l'unité, chacune fabriquée selon les desiderata du client.

    La tête pensante derrière la Carrozzeria Touring était Felice Bianchi Anderloni, un avocat devenu pilote d'essai qui avait d'étroits liens familiaux avec son employeur, Isotta Fraschini. Il quitta Isotta Fraschini pour Peugeot Italiana et au cours de l'hiver 1925 prit le contrôle de la carrozzeria Falco de Milan avec son ami et associé, Gaetano Ponzoni. Le nom fut changé pour Touring en 1926, la société obtenant une licence pour la méthode de construction breveté par Weymann et commença à fournir des carrosseries à de nombreux constructeurs italiens. Le styliste Giuseppe Seregni fut embauché en 1927 et c'est son roadster Flying Star, construit sur un châssis Isotta Fraschini 8B qui allait établir la réputation de Touring pour son style innovant et sa qualité inégalable.

    Anderloni, un ingénieur autodidacte, avait parfaitement compris les avantages qu'apportait la réduction du poids et de la trainée aérodynamique, déclarant notamment : « Le poids est l'ennemi et la résistance de l'air un obstacle ». Dans le cadre de cette recherche, il mit au point le système de construction Superleggera (super léger) qui est désormais définitivement associé au nom du carrossier milanais et qui consiste en une peau extérieur constituée de panneaux d'aluminium posée sur un treillis de tubes de petit diamètre. Les premières carrosseries Superleggera furent construites en 1937.

    Dirigée par le fils d'Anderloni, Carlo, et le styliste Federico Formenti (embauché en 1940), Touring allait créer quelques-unes des plus belles voitures de l'après-guerre, à commencer par les modèles Freccia d'Oro et Villa d'Este sur base Alfa Romeo 6C 2500. Parmi les autres dessins remarquables de Formenti, citons l'Alfa Romeo Disco Volante de 1952 et la Maserati 5000 GT du Shah d'Iran en 1959, ainsi que l'Aston Martin DB4 de 1958 qu'il créa avec Carlo Anderloni.

    Incapable de trouver les contrats qui lui auraient permis d'utiliser à plein les capacités de production de sa nouvelle usine près de Monza, Touring fut mis en liquidation en mars 1964 et ferma définitivement ses portes à la fin de 1966. Mais comme c'est souvent le cas avec un nom prestigieux, ce n'était pas la fin de l'histoire de Touring. Carlo Anderloni et la carrozzeria Marazzi conservèrent la marque Touring Superleggera et l'utilisèrent pour perpétuer l'héritage de la carrosserie jusqu'à ce que son propriétaire actuel en acquière les droits en 2006. La nouvelle société a son siège près de Milan, sa ville natale, où elle continue de produire des sportives en série limitée, perpétuant la tradition établie par son fondateur.

    L'inspiration de la Sciàdipersia (Shah d'Iran), présentée au salon de Genève en 2018, vient des trois Maserati 5000 GT que Touring construisit à la fin des années 1950, dont la première avait été commandée par le Shah d'Iran, un passionné de Maserati. Comme son illustre devancière, la Sciàdipersia du 21e siècle prend pour base une Maserati, le coupé GranTurismo. La Sciàdipersia a donc le V8 4,7 litres de 454 ch que l'on trouve sur la plus sportive des GranTurismo et une boîte manuelle robotisée MC à six rapports commandés par palettes ou une transmission automatique ZF à six-rapports à convertisseur de couple. Pesant 120 kg de moins que la GranTurismo, la Sciàdipersia accélère de 0 à 100 km/h en 4,8 secondes pour atteindre une vitesse maximale de 299 km/h.

    L'intérieur reste lui aussi largement emprunté à la GranTurismo, mais rehaussé de luxueux cuir italien et d'éléments en aluminium brossé. Extérieurement, la Sciàdipersia se démarque radicalement de la voiture donneuse avec une carrosserie entièrement redessinée, rappelant vaguement la silhouette tricorps de la 5000 GT de Touring, en plus élancée. Selon Touring Superleggera : « comme tout chef-d'œuvre, tout a commencé par un simple concept, une flèche, aminci dans sa partie centrale afin d'allonger visuellement la silhouette. Son aspect dynamique naturel est encore rehaussé par les lignes d'arêtes des ailes avant et arrière.

    « De façon tout à fait inhabituelle, mais parfaitement adaptée pour une quatre places, les passagers sont immergés dans un environnement naturel, grâce à la large surface vitrée et au toit transparent, permis grâce à la finesse du pilier arrière ». Tout le monde reconnaitra que le résultat est meilleur que celui proposé par Maserati. La couleur choisie pour l'extérieur est connu sous le nom de Orient Night Sky (ciel de nuit orientale), dont Touring dit qu'il évoque un ciel de nuit clair, tandis que les éléments en aluminium de la poupe, de la proue et du pilier central rappellent le modèle original.

    Chaque voiture sera construite à la main sur demande et seules 15 voitures seront fabriquées, mais Touring Superleggera se refuse à fixer un prix, car celui-ci variera en fonction des spécifications personnelles du client. Actuellement, la série limitée est épuisée, seul un coupé (la voiture proposée ici) a été construit, tandis que tous les autres commandés, et actuellement construits, sont des cabriolets.

    La Sciàdipersia prend pour base un modèle 2017 et n'a connu qu'un propriétaire. Présentée dans un état impeccable, elle est vendue avec sa facture d'achat de 760 620 £ et un ensemble de bagages sur mesure Foglizzo. Une opportunité unique de posséder un tel chef-d'œuvre d'art automobile, conçu par le plus célèbre des noms de la carrosserie italienne.
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The 2018 Geneva Motor Show,2017 Carrozzeria Touring Superleggera Sciàdipersia Coupé  Chassis no. ZAMVL45B000181682
The 2018 Geneva Motor Show,2017 Carrozzeria Touring Superleggera Sciàdipersia Coupé  Chassis no. ZAMVL45B000181682
The 2018 Geneva Motor Show,2017 Carrozzeria Touring Superleggera Sciàdipersia Coupé  Chassis no. ZAMVL45B000181682
The 2018 Geneva Motor Show,2017 Carrozzeria Touring Superleggera Sciàdipersia Coupé  Chassis no. ZAMVL45B000181682
The 2018 Geneva Motor Show,2017 Carrozzeria Touring Superleggera Sciàdipersia Coupé  Chassis no. ZAMVL45B000181682
The 2018 Geneva Motor Show,2017 Carrozzeria Touring Superleggera Sciàdipersia Coupé  Chassis no. ZAMVL45B000181682
The 2018 Geneva Motor Show,2017 Carrozzeria Touring Superleggera Sciàdipersia Coupé  Chassis no. ZAMVL45B000181682
The 2018 Geneva Motor Show,2017 Carrozzeria Touring Superleggera Sciàdipersia Coupé  Chassis no. ZAMVL45B000181682
The 2018 Geneva Motor Show,2017 Carrozzeria Touring Superleggera Sciàdipersia Coupé  Chassis no. ZAMVL45B000181682
The 2018 Geneva Motor Show,2017 Carrozzeria Touring Superleggera Sciàdipersia Coupé  Chassis no. ZAMVL45B000181682
The 2018 Geneva Motor Show,2017 Carrozzeria Touring Superleggera Sciàdipersia Coupé  Chassis no. ZAMVL45B000181682
The 2018 Geneva Motor Show,2017 Carrozzeria Touring Superleggera Sciàdipersia Coupé  Chassis no. ZAMVL45B000181682
The 2018 Geneva Motor Show,2017 Carrozzeria Touring Superleggera Sciàdipersia Coupé  Chassis no. ZAMVL45B000181682
The 2018 Geneva Motor Show,2017 Carrozzeria Touring Superleggera Sciàdipersia Coupé  Chassis no. ZAMVL45B000181682
The 2018 Geneva Motor Show,2017 Carrozzeria Touring Superleggera Sciàdipersia Coupé  Chassis no. ZAMVL45B000181682
The 2018 Geneva Motor Show,2017 Carrozzeria Touring Superleggera Sciàdipersia Coupé  Chassis no. ZAMVL45B000181682
The 2018 Geneva Motor Show,2017 Carrozzeria Touring Superleggera Sciàdipersia Coupé  Chassis no. ZAMVL45B000181682
The 2018 Geneva Motor Show,2017 Carrozzeria Touring Superleggera Sciàdipersia Coupé  Chassis no. ZAMVL45B000181682
The 2018 Geneva Motor Show,2017 Carrozzeria Touring Superleggera Sciàdipersia Coupé  Chassis no. ZAMVL45B000181682
The 2018 Geneva Motor Show,2017 Carrozzeria Touring Superleggera Sciàdipersia Coupé  Chassis no. ZAMVL45B000181682
The 2018 Geneva Motor Show,2017 Carrozzeria Touring Superleggera Sciàdipersia Coupé  Chassis no. ZAMVL45B000181682
The 2018 Geneva Motor Show,2017 Carrozzeria Touring Superleggera Sciàdipersia Coupé  Chassis no. ZAMVL45B000181682
The 2018 Geneva Motor Show,2017 Carrozzeria Touring Superleggera Sciàdipersia Coupé  Chassis no. ZAMVL45B000181682
The 2018 Geneva Motor Show,2017 Carrozzeria Touring Superleggera Sciàdipersia Coupé  Chassis no. ZAMVL45B000181682
The 2018 Geneva Motor Show,2017 Carrozzeria Touring Superleggera Sciàdipersia Coupé  Chassis no. ZAMVL45B000181682
The 2018 Geneva Motor Show,2017 Carrozzeria Touring Superleggera Sciàdipersia Coupé  Chassis no. ZAMVL45B000181682
The 2018 Geneva Motor Show,2017 Carrozzeria Touring Superleggera Sciàdipersia Coupé  Chassis no. ZAMVL45B000181682
The 2018 Geneva Motor Show,2017 Carrozzeria Touring Superleggera Sciàdipersia Coupé  Chassis no. ZAMVL45B000181682
The 2018 Geneva Motor Show,2017 Carrozzeria Touring Superleggera Sciàdipersia Coupé  Chassis no. ZAMVL45B000181682
The 2018 Geneva Motor Show,2017 Carrozzeria Touring Superleggera Sciàdipersia Coupé  Chassis no. ZAMVL45B000181682
The 2018 Geneva Motor Show,2017 Carrozzeria Touring Superleggera Sciàdipersia Coupé  Chassis no. ZAMVL45B000181682
The 2018 Geneva Motor Show,2017 Carrozzeria Touring Superleggera Sciàdipersia Coupé  Chassis no. ZAMVL45B000181682
The 2018 Geneva Motor Show,2017 Carrozzeria Touring Superleggera Sciàdipersia Coupé  Chassis no. ZAMVL45B000181682
The 2018 Geneva Motor Show,2017 Carrozzeria Touring Superleggera Sciàdipersia Coupé  Chassis no. ZAMVL45B000181682
The 2018 Geneva Motor Show,2017 Carrozzeria Touring Superleggera Sciàdipersia Coupé  Chassis no. ZAMVL45B000181682
The 2018 Geneva Motor Show,2017 Carrozzeria Touring Superleggera Sciàdipersia Coupé  Chassis no. ZAMVL45B000181682
The 2018 Geneva Motor Show,2017 Carrozzeria Touring Superleggera Sciàdipersia Coupé  Chassis no. ZAMVL45B000181682
The 2018 Geneva Motor Show,2017 Carrozzeria Touring Superleggera Sciàdipersia Coupé  Chassis no. ZAMVL45B000181682
The 2018 Geneva Motor Show,2017 Carrozzeria Touring Superleggera Sciàdipersia Coupé  Chassis no. ZAMVL45B000181682
The 2018 Geneva Motor Show,2017 Carrozzeria Touring Superleggera Sciàdipersia Coupé  Chassis no. ZAMVL45B000181682
The 2018 Geneva Motor Show,2017 Carrozzeria Touring Superleggera Sciàdipersia Coupé  Chassis no. ZAMVL45B000181682
The 2018 Geneva Motor Show,2017 Carrozzeria Touring Superleggera Sciàdipersia Coupé  Chassis no. ZAMVL45B000181682
The 2018 Geneva Motor Show,2017 Carrozzeria Touring Superleggera Sciàdipersia Coupé  Chassis no. ZAMVL45B000181682
The 2018 Geneva Motor Show,2017 Carrozzeria Touring Superleggera Sciàdipersia Coupé  Chassis no. ZAMVL45B000181682
The 2018 Geneva Motor Show,2017 Carrozzeria Touring Superleggera Sciàdipersia Coupé  Chassis no. ZAMVL45B000181682
The 2018 Geneva Motor Show,2017 Carrozzeria Touring Superleggera Sciàdipersia Coupé  Chassis no. ZAMVL45B000181682
The 2018 Geneva Motor Show,2017 Carrozzeria Touring Superleggera Sciàdipersia Coupé  Chassis no. ZAMVL45B000181682
The 2018 Geneva Motor Show,2017 Carrozzeria Touring Superleggera Sciàdipersia Coupé  Chassis no. ZAMVL45B000181682
The 2018 Geneva Motor Show,2017 Carrozzeria Touring Superleggera Sciàdipersia Coupé  Chassis no. ZAMVL45B000181682
The 2018 Geneva Motor Show,2017 Carrozzeria Touring Superleggera Sciàdipersia Coupé  Chassis no. ZAMVL45B000181682
The 2018 Geneva Motor Show,2017 Carrozzeria Touring Superleggera Sciàdipersia Coupé  Chassis no. ZAMVL45B000181682
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