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Old 02-26-2006, 02:30 PM   #1
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Castagna Grand Tourer Sport Concept @ 2006 Geneva Show

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One of the great ironies of automotive lore is that the 1929 Wall Street collapse came just as coachbuilders were getting into a wildly elegant groove. Italian house Isotta-Fraschini and coachbuilder Castagna were right there with the most elegant.

Whether or not you know what the words mean in coachbuilding terms, anytime you read or hear “Imperial Landaulet” you can imagine it’s something big. The successfully resuscitated Carrozzeria Castagna in Milan, Italy, has shown us over the past few Geneva shows what it’s capable of with modern interpretations of classic themes. For the 2006 show, they’re showing a new-age Imperial Landaulet.

The original Tipo 8A Isotta-Fraschini with Imperial Landaulet body by Castagna was, yes, huge. Built between 1924 and 1931, standard engine power from the I-F chassis was 115 hp from a long eight-cylinder.

This new one isn’t small either and engine power is earmarked at more than 800 hp coming from a V12. The Geneva car is only concept for now, but we’re told to expect the finished product in the Prototype category at this year’s Pebble Beach extravaganza.

Wheels are 24-inch, the rear section of the hardtop cabin—in landaulet tradition— opens when desired for some wind in your hair and sun on your diamonds. Massive doors open out from center. Luggage goes in the large rear section or in two simulated wood side containers per the original car. All bodywork is carbon composite.

The chassis used is a story in itself as well. Castagna was responsible for an order in 2005 of three stretched Porsche Cayenne Turbo S models for a family in Saudi Arabia. One of those ended up under this concept. The Isotta-Fraschini badge was originally intended for the top of the grille, but trademark issues have temporarily prevented this use.


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Old 02-26-2006, 03:13 PM   #2
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Old 02-26-2006, 03:44 PM   #3
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Old 02-26-2006, 05:24 PM   #4
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Old 02-26-2006, 07:30 PM   #5
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Old 02-26-2006, 08:07 PM   #6
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Old 02-26-2006, 09:26 PM   #8
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Just because you can render up a car in a 3D program does not mean that you should.

That car is awful.
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Old 02-27-2006, 12:25 AM   #9
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That car is dying for an identity.
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Old 02-27-2006, 05:38 AM   #10
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[Mr. Rogers]Ok children,

there are GOOOOOOOD Italian car designers....

and then

there are BAAAAAAAAD Italian car designers....

Now, who do you think designed this car?[/Mr. Rogers]
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Old 02-27-2006, 02:13 PM   #11
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I felt bad for reading that as 'conestoga'.. then I saw the pic and felt like I had ESP.

If those wheels are 24", then the car is 6' tall.
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Old 02-27-2006, 03:19 PM   #12
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Here's an Isotta Fraschini with Castagna coachwork. Castagna was known for being a stodgy designer.

Although more recently they did the following Alfa Romeo concept car, which actually looks a bit like the rumored 159 GTA. Although the GTA uses a carbon finish instead of cutouts in the bumper area on this concept.
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Old 02-27-2006, 09:30 PM   #13
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Isn't this something the Mafia-bots in Futurama would drive?
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Old 02-27-2006, 10:43 PM   #14
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It's half Rolls-Royce, half futuristic garbage.
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Old 02-27-2006, 11:51 PM   #15
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Oh, and that Alfa is hideous. Whoever designed it should be shot. Well, ok, not shot, but I'm talking a SERIOUS Indian burn or a good hard noogie, at least once a day for a year. Sheesh.
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