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Drogo Ferrari Thomassima II

This is one of the three famous Thomassima automobiles built and designed by Tom Meade in the sixties, the American designer known for going to Modena to pursue his dreams of coach built automobiles. Only Thomassima II and III are known to exist. Thomassima I was destroyed in a flood and Thomassima III is on loan at the factory Ferrari Museum in Modena. This is a one of one custom Italian built car that is part of Ferrari's history. It is included in the Ferrari "bible" by Merritt and Fitzgerald, what many believe to be the history of record for all early Ferrari's. The body and design of the car was built by Piere Drogo of Drogo Carrozeria Sports Cars, the famous body builder of many of the famous Ferrari and Alfa Romeo race cars. The engine used was a Ferrari 250 inside plug V12, a very rare engine in itself. The chassis is a modified Cooper Climax F1 chassis from 1957. It was just recently unveiled at the 2015 Concorso Italiano and featured on the cover after a 7 year restoration.

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Vandenbrink 599 / 630 GTO

After sending in his article about his Ghia-Aigle bodied 1951 Ferrari 212 (see below), Warren de France had something to add: "Well, a new URL find. is a site I immediately bookmarked. A very impressive layout and array of interesting articles to read."
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Definition of "Special Coachbuilding"
Ferrari Pininfarina P4/5 Sketch James Glickhaus

There is no strict definition of “Special Coachbuilding”. However, following generally accepted considerations and discerning manufacturing trajectories, a good set of rules and conditions can be extracted to define which cars can be considered “Special Coachbuilt” and which not.

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Short history of coachbuilding (1st era)
Rolling chassis
Rolls-Royce rolling chassis

In the early motoring days, when series production did not yet exist, the process of acquiring a new vehicle was more complex, as rolling chassis provided the basis for different coachbuilding scenarios.
Short history of coachbuilding (2nd era)
Ferrari 250 GTO Scaglietti fitting frame
After WW II automotive mass production soon became mainstream, ending the era of separate manufacturing of chassis and tailored coachworks. Many coachbuilders went bankrupt, were bought by manufacturers or changed their core business to other activities.
Volkswagen buys Italdesign Giugiaro
Volkswagen takes over Italdesign Giugiaro

Another designhouse loses its independency. Today, the Volkswagen Group and Italdesign Giugiaro S.p.A have announced that the Volkswagen Group will take a 90.1 percent stake in Italdesign Giugiaro.
Gallery update: Ze Frensj
Brandone Talbot-Lago T120 Roadster

Bonjour! This gallery update concerns the French coachbuilders Brandone, Gangloff and Figoni & Falaschi.
Gallery update: some Bentleys

After the Rolls-Royce update, this next gallery update logically concerns the latest Bentley additions.
Gallery update: the Rolls-Royces
H.J. Mulliner Rolls-Royce 40/50HP Silver Ghost "London to Edinburgh" Tourer

Coachbuilt Rolls-Royces... There are just too many! Here is an overview of the recently added and/or updated Rolls-Royce galleries.
Wallpapers: Saoutchik Delahaye 175S Roadster
Saoutchik Delahaye 175S Roadster 1949

A new auction is announced , meaning lots of professional high quality photo shoots become available. We now have a wonderful set of images of this famous one-off Delahaye 175S Roadster by Saoutchik to grace your desktop.
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