My daily drive. Toyota engine and chassis with European badge. Very good gas milage and very easy to park.
Here is me looking like a tourist posing next to 007's car. Love the salesman's puzzled look.
Exactly! a real "Builder" would start by making a chassis, and using suspension/driveline components from other cars to build a "made to measure" car.
and the styling looks like the illegitimate lovechild of a ferarri Enzo, and a 63' stingray. built by alfa.
not sure if it's a win looks wise, but still, they only went half way.
Uh, I am not checking in for a few days and you guys go all nuts over the Touring Alfa.
Not debating the design of the new Touring Alfa 8C (I don't like it) but you got a few things wrong:
The coach built tradition was the biggest in Italy until it died a slow death in the 70s. Often, Italian car makers like Alfa, Lancia, Fiat, etc. commissioned their sportier models or the convertibles to a coachbuilder. Smaller car makers like Ferrari, Maserati, etc. and of course all the eceterini stuff like Cisitalia, Abarth or Siata constantly collaborated with coachbuilders. That's probably the main reason why vintage Italian cars look so fucking sexy. Some survived, notably Pininfarina, which still designs and builds bodies for Ferrari for example. Others, like Zagato, became more of an industrial design shop.
Now, Touring is one of the most famous one from the golden era. They are tightly linked to Alfas and made some of the most beautiful ones, including some of the original 30's Alfa 8C and the stunning Disco Volante pictured above (Yes, it likely floats ...). As with others, they went belly up in the 60s (Causing some trouble for Lamborghini who had the Islero designed there and all of a sudden, found themselves without a contractor). The rights got purchased by a rich Belgian guy, who resurrected Touring in 2006.
It was also tradition in the 40s, 50s and 60s, that wealthy owners brought their cars to a coachbuilder, only to have them rip off the bodies and build something that they liked more or, in the case of Zagato, something that was lighter for racing. Surprisingly, there have been a few coachbuilt one-offs lately for some of the super rich. Especially Zagato got commissioned to design a few one-offs/ very low volume Ferraris and Alfas. Prices for those run north of $1.5M ...
With that, lesson over. For homework, check out a few of Touring's great designs from the 30s to the 60s and compare them to the shit boxes (including all of BMW) on the road today.