Porsche Panamera Vistotal by Castagna Milano rendered with gull-wing doors

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Without a doubt we can say that the most beautiful and special cars are created in Italy. Now many enthusiasts of, for example, English, French or German cars will not agree. But what about the many Thriumphs and MGs? – by Michelotti. Or Aston Martin’s, designed by Bertone, Touring and Zagato. Peugeot’s designed by Pininfarina, Citroën’s designed by Bertone. German car makers also regularly work with the Italians, BMW (ao Bertone, Zagato), Mercedes-Benz (ao Coggiola), Opel (ao Bertone), or Porsche (ao Bertone, Zagato). Not only the large carmakers ask for help in Italy, but also small manufacturers like Artega and Bitter did.

This long history of car design has led to a large number of very unique creations. In addition to the many production cars, there are also very special coachbuild cars and showcars. Known and unknown cars. Unless you’re a Lamborghini aficionado or a total classic car buff, you probably don’t know much about the Lamborghini Bertone Marzal concept, unveiled by Bertone at the 1967 Geneva Motor Show.

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Shortly after its Geneva presentation, the Lamborghini Marzal was driven publicly once, during the Monaco Grand Prix, not as a racer, but as a pace car. Prince Rainier III of Monaco walked the closed-off streets of his capital Monte Carlo. He stopped at the unique Lamborghini Marzal, and chose that as the car he, and his wife Princess Grace, would drive on their lap of honor to open that year’s Monaco Grand Prix.

What made the Marzal concept so unique is the huge glazed gull-wing doors that gave entry to the cabin of the vehicle. This also gave the concept an excellent all-round visibility.

One of the things that made the Marzal so unique was its amply glazed gull-wing doors, which allowed for easy entry into the cabin, as well as excellent all-round visibility. It’s those doors that served as inspiration for this Porsche Panamera Vistotal by Italian coachbuilder Castagna Milano, founded in 1849 by Carlo Castagna, famous for it’s ‘production’ Mini and Fiat creations.

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The famous coachbuilder has just released these teaser images showing how the regular Panamera, as well the Sport Turismo version look like with massive carbon fiber gull-wing doors.

It’s a very distinguished look, that’s for sure. And as far as we can tell, the latch mechanism is positioned somewhere in the middle of the door and flush with the surface, while the handle itself comes out automatically when touched. The Atelier also states that the opening and closing of the door can be done automatically – from up close as well as remotely.

The door also features a two-tone aesthetic that blends in with the air outlet, featuring a special iridescent paint. Dubbed Vistotal, this mod can be applied to both versions of the four-door Porsche, with customers also able to choose bespoke interior designs with special materials and unique finishes.

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In the end, the overall project took two years of planning and few months of work for Castagna Milano to have the car ready which is based on Panamera 4 E-Hybrid model.

More about the Porsche Panamera Castagna Vistotal soon here on Yakymour. Come into the amazing and beautiful world of Carrozzeria Castagna Milano.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Lamborghini Miura may (not) hit the roads

A supercar is a car that is based on extremes. They feature styling, performance, power and technology that make you say ‘Wow’ and shake your head in amazement. The Lamborghini Miura (1966) was the first supercar with a rear mid-engined two-seat layout, although the concept was first seen in a production road car with René Bonnet’s Matra Djet, introduced in 1964. This layout has since become the standard for high-performance sports and supercars. When released, the Miura was the fastest production road car.

The Miura was originally conceived by Lamborghini’s engineering team, which designed the car in its spare time against the wishes of company founder Ferruccio Lamborghini, who preferred powerful yet sedate grand-touring cars over the race car-derived machines produced by local rival Ferrari.

The Miura’s rolling chassis was presented at the 1965 Turin Auto Show, and the prototype P400 debuted at the 1966 Geneva Motor Show. It received stellar receptions from showgoers and the motoring press alike, each impressed by Bertone’s Marcello Gandini’s sleek styling and the car’s revolutionary mid-engine design. Lamborghini’s fagship, the Miura received periodic updates and remained in production until 1973.

The Miura series of Lamborghinis are outstandingly designed automobiles from a visual standpoint. Now Italy’s raging bull, has mined one of its most endearing supercar designs, to create a modern counterpart to Ferrari Enzo, Carrera GT. Different in every way, yet instantly recognizable as a Miura, the concept was met with a warm reaction.

The Lamborghini Miura Concept is a retro styled Lamborghini presented at the Paley Center for Media, formerly The Museum of Television & Radio, on 5 January 2006. The unveiling coincided with the Los Angeles Auto Show though it was not present at the show itself. 

The Miura Concept commemorated the 40th anniversary of the introduction of the original Miura Bertone at the Geneva Motor Show in 1966. The car made its official début at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit two weeks later. It was the first design to be penned by Lamborghinis design chief, Walter de’Silva. The show car greatly resembles the original Miura by Bertone while its underpinnings are that of the more modern Murciélago.

The Miura Concept will likely make use of the same architecture as the Audi R8 supercar and find its power from a modified version of the monstrous 6.2L V12 currently planted in the Murcielago. The limited-production Miura has a definite lower-key appearance than its Gallardo and Murci counterparts, but it will surely be just as swift and agile.

Lamborghini president and CEO Stefan Winkelmann stated that the concept would not mark the Miura’s return to production, saying that “The Miura was a celebration of our history, but Lamborghini is about the future. Retro design is not what we are here for. So we won’t do the Miura”. Such a pitty.

Come into the beautiful world of Lamborghini.