Carrozzeria designs

Carrozzeria designs : Pininfarina 1800

Carrozzeria designs : Pininfarina 1800

Ahead of its time This brilliant Pininfarina styling exercise was never considered for production. The running gear was pure BMC 1800, but the style was utterly unique for 1967. This BMC-Pininfarina 1800 predates the Citroën CX by seven years – one wonders how BMC may have fared had they the courage to put this beauty […]

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Carrozzeria designs : Pininfarina 1100

Carrozzeria designs : Pininfarina 1100

What might have been What make the two Pininfarina Aerodynamica studies so interesting is that they weren’t commissioned by the British company, but which caused huge interest at the time they were revealed in 1967 and ’68. The five door hatchbacks pre-dated the stampede towards two-box designs these designs in the 1970s, and had BL […]

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News : Sergio Pininfarina (1926-2012)

News : Sergio Pininfarina (1926-2012)

Sergio Pininfarina, president of Pininfarina from 1966 has died at his home in Turin. He was the son of Pininfarina company founder Battista Farina, he was serving as honorary chairman of the the company at the time of his death. Although much of the design company’s greatest work with BMC was with his father, Battista […]

Carrozzeria designs : Pininfarina Jaguar proposals

Carrozzeria designs : Pininfarina Jaguar proposals

Coventry, Italian style: Throughout the 1970s, Pininfarina maintained its long-held links with the British motor industry by working with Jaguar to attempt to create the new design language that the company appeared to be looking since even before the arrival of the XJ-S. Various XJ40 proposals were experimented with, but it was the arrival of […]

News : One-off Bertone Jaguar on offer

News : One-off Bertone Jaguar on offer

Keith Adams One-off Jaguars that come up for sale tend to command spectacular prices when they come up for sale – but they can also prove to be rather controversial, given the beauty of the cars they’re based upon. This Bertone FT is a good case in point – it’s based on the S-type 3.8, […]

Carrozzeria designs : Zagato

Zagato Better known for their work for marques such as Alfa Romeo, Lancia, Aston Martin and Bristol, Zagato only ever produced a handful of prototypes based on BMC/BLMC models. In 1948, some five years prior to the Austin-Morris merger, they presented the Y-Type saloon-based MG 1500 Panoramica coupé. This was the only MG-based car in […]

Carrozzeria designs : Pininfarina – other

Pininfarina A common theme running through the reasons why various Pininfarina proposals were not adopted by BLMC was the thorny issue of production costs. Whatever the other merits of their often forward-thinking proposals, the final decision was usually governed by simple economics. Even designs which were finally adopted, such as that for project ADO16, had […]

Carrozzeria designs : Michelotti

Carrozzeria designs : Michelotti

Michelotti Michelotti’s long standing association with Triumph started in 1956 when, during the development of their new small car (at the time, known as Zobo), they were approached by a jobbing Italian stylist, who offered to produce a body style for this car for the sum of £3000. Rather bemused, Harry Webster accepted, and three […]

Carrozzeria designs : Italsuisse

Italsuisse Unveiled at the 1966 Geneva Motorshow, the Italsuisse Jaguar E-Type was aimed at the customer who wanted an E-Type, but craved more exclusivity. The results were a mixed success… Picture supplied by Graham Arnold

Carrozzeria designs : Frua

Frua Unveiled at the 1966 Geneva Motorshow, the Frua Jaguar 3.8 S-Type was an attempt to give the British sports saloon a touch of continental elegance – Jaguar-like, it was not… Picture supplied by Graham Arnold

Carrozzeria designs : Bertone

Carrozzeria designs : Bertone

Bertone British Leyland only ever produced one Bertone-designed model, the Italian-built Innocenti Mini of 1974. However, Bertone had previously produced several Jaguar-based proposals which were not taken up by the company. Jaguar FT Jaguar Pirana Project XJ40 Jaguar Ascot