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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Castagna Milano designs Audi A8 Avant

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When we think about an Italian body designer and builder, we quickly think of Bertone, Pinninfarina and Zagato. Maybe of Touring or Castagna. Each and every one of them are masters in the creation of very special creations.

Although less big – and known – than the first three Carrozzeria’s mentioned above,  Carrozzeria Castagna was founded in 1849 in Milan by Carlo Castagna for building luxurious carriages. Thanks to the help of a few rich Milanese families, the company was growing into a well-known coach builder. By the end of the 19th century, the first bodies for motorized vehicles were built. Later on the chassis of Alfa Romeo, Lancia, Hispano Suiza, Isotta Fraschini, and Mercedes will be fitted with special bodies.

There is nothing to go for Castagna. Do you want an open-top Fiat 500 for hot beach days? It’s possible! Complete with shower, refrigerator and wooden ‘back deck’ for sunbathing. It will costs you about 80,000 euros, because the Italians need easily 2,000 hours for the metamorphosis.

We have seen a number of interesting projects from the Milan-based company. Take for example the ‘special-request’ one-off Bentley GT Shooting Break and the Rolls-Royce Phantom Coupé, or the small-production Fiat 500 Tender Beachcar, the Mini Tender Beachcar, and the Peugeot 508 RXH. To name a few.

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These coachbuilds will give you an idea of ​​what the Italian bodybuilder is planning to do. Not only the Fiat and Mini creations are very popular, the Peugeot 508 RXH introduced in 2014 is doing very well too. The latter provided the inspiration for a new project.

Currently the Italian coachbuilders are busy with an Audi A8 of the previous generation. That model is transformed into Avant and gets a tough outdoor look. Many details are not yet known, but according to Castagna it is a serious project. The company uses aluminum and carbon fiber. The latter material is used, among other things, for the extension of the roof.

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What Castagna has done is to give the luxury saloon a new roof line with a traditional car shape and to add Allroad-inspired details, such as the silver roof rails, black plastic cladding for the wheel arches and sills and aluminum accents for the front and rear bumpers. The profile of the rear doors clearly shows that the car was designed as a sedan, but the new roof integrates neatly into the overall design.

The engine choice has fallen on the W12 quattro variant with a 6.3-liter W12 engine, an output of 500 hp and four-wheel drive. In other words; this will be the world’s first and only Audi A8 Avant Allroad W12. Even though Audi had such a kind of car in mind a long time ago, witness the Audi Avantissimo Concept from 2001.

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With their program, Castagna reintroduced the idea of a One Off: a modern interpretation of the tailor-made concept that was first adopted in the 1920s. These ‘coachbuild’ vehicles are thoroughly tested and designed according to specific requirements by Castagna. Custom – hand – made in Milan, Castagna takes orders for unique conversion projects.

Come into the world of Castagna.

 

 

 

 

Fiat 500 Castagna Tender Two

 

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Milan-based coachbuilder Castagna is hardly the household name that rivals such as Bertone and Pininfarina have become. In 1913, when ‘aerodynamics’ was not yet a common talking point, Castagna was the first to come up with the new ‘minivan’ concept and the ‘teardrop bodyshape that offers little air resistance’. Innovation is one of the distinguishing features of their design philosophy, so much so that it often becomes an aesthetics premise.

Their previous works have included one-off vehicles such as the Ferrari 550 Rosselini, Maserati Auge, Ferrari 575 Aria, Bentley GT Shooting Brake as well as a number of coachbuilding projects which saw creations such as a Mini Tender, Mini SUV and Mini Woody Wagon back in 2004. Now the Italian Carozzeria has released details and a full set of high-resolution images of its newest creation, the all-electric Fiat 500 Tender Two that’s inspired from the nautical themed late 1950s / early 1960s Fiat 500 Ghia Jolly.

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Castagna has created a special study based on the new Fiat 500 that is in spirit of the original Ghia-built Fiat 500 Jolly, a relatively expensive beach car conversion of the 500 in the late 50’s – early 60’s that was intended primarily for enjoyment and marketed towards the rich and famous as yacht tenders, golf carts and estate runabouts. The Tender Two follows the original Tender model the coachbuilder created back in 2005 based on the Mini Cooper.

Up to this day it is the first plein air version of the Fiat 500 and the first car with fully electric propulsion in this class to have a technical solution that can push up to 130 km/h (autolimited speed), a range of 120/140 km (depending on the type of use) and times of extremely rapid recharge.

To create the Tender Two, Castagna’s designers removed the doors, rear-seats, tailgate and rooftop of the production car while in order to maintain structural rigidity, they raised and reinforced the 500’s side sills. The most prominent featute of the Tender Two is of course its removable striped canvas roof-top complimented by the nautical themed teak wood that coves the cargo area and the top part of the side sills. Additionally, the Tender Two features new upholstery.

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A special digital instrument placed on the dashboard above the central air vents give all the information (power output, instant consumption, retention of office gear…) and the absence of the classic terminal exhaust are the only clues to reveal the new mechanisation of this example, which in terms of performance on the road does not make us regret those which are equipped with the combustion engine, especially in departure from still. Like the all fuoriserie Castagna, every detail is done from the customer’s description and the car is then regularly approved.

The interior is completely covered in leather-type watercraft (able to resist abrasion of salt water and sand) with contrast stitching in which are inspired by the special blue tone fabric made from waterproof for the awning. The new line is enriched by finishing in solid teak, which is used in glossy and matte contrast, in dark wicker plus the ‘tientibene’ in polished steel and many special nautical derivations giving a typical ‘marine style’ to the whole. At the center of the rear cockpit, in teak striped in black, a room that can accommodate a drawer for towels by the sea was obtained. Complete the on-board equipment awning’s foldable steel structure, side guards in transparent material for rainy days as well as the necessary cover for the winter period and the charging cable with the different types of plugs to access any type of socket.

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However the coolest thing about the Fiat 500 Tender Two is hidden underneath the hood. In cooperation with Swiss company MES-DEA, Carozzeria Castagna has replaced the production 500’s powertrain with a zero-emission electric unit.

The Italian firm claims that the 500 Tender Two has a top speed of about 130 km/h – 81 mph and a range of 140 km or 87 miles after a four hour charge of the batteries which should be more than enough to fool around in the harbours of Cannes, Monaco or Puerto Banus, or any Mediterranean island Paradise. Have fun! Lots of fun!

Come into the wonderful world of Castagna.

 

 

 

 

 

Mini Castagna SUWagon

 

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The luxury of not polluting. Travelling silently, going where other vehicles have to stop. On the occasion of the Geneva Motor Show this month, Italian Carrozzeria Castagna Milano unveiled a functional application of their technology, based on a Mini. From today, all their creations can be equipped with hybrid engines.

Retaining the vehicle’s original mechanical and propulsion systems, a strengthened suspension system and an electronically controlled electric motor are fitted at the rear of the vehicle, allowing the driver to select the propulsion method he/she desires.

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The latest generation batteries, managed by a specially developed on-board resource optimisation programme, guarantee a maximum range of up to 200km, at a top speed of approximately 140 km/h. The combustion engine can be used to power the vehicle on the open road, or as a generator to charge the batteries. A special digital instrument panel fitted to the car allows the driver to check the battery charge level, the remaining range and the operating mode in use.

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Thanks to a dashboard-mounted control, the driver can select either conventional or electrical mode, battery power or the utilisation of the combustion engine as a generator. There are two control options for managing the on-board electrical resources: ‘City’ or ‘Speed’. The former reduces consumption in order to ensure maximum range (200km) and limiting the maximum speed to 70 km/h. In ‘Speed’ mode, the top speed increases to slightly more than 130 km/h, giving a maximum range of approximately 120 km.

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The batteries are guaranteed for a period of 5 years and they can be fully charged in 6 hours through a domestic power outlet.

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Come into the wonderful world of Castagna, and let them create something beautiful for you too……

 

 

 

Mini Castagna Tender

 

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Carrozzeria Castagna was founded by Carlo Castagna in 1849 in Milan, Italy, when he took over the Ferrari coachbuilding company, fabricating luxury horse-drawn carriages for the Italian aristocracy and European royalty. Their first motorcar bodywork appeared toward the end of the 1800’s upon commision from Ottolini and Riccordi, importers of Benz quadricyclesfor Italy. By the turn of the century Carlo had specialized in modern motoring bodies and had soon built some striking cars. By 1915 the company was taken over by Castagna’s son, Ercole. He focused even more on top-of-the-range chassis and soon managed to make Castagna Italy’s largest carrozzeria, selling cars to movie stars, royalty and even the pope.

Among Bertone, Pininfarina, Touring, Vignale and Zagato, Carrozzeria Castagna belongs to Italy’s greatest coachbuilders.

Castagna’s golden years during the 1920’s saw the Milanese coachbuilder construct limousines, torpedoes and two-seaters based and Alfa Romeo’s, Lancia’s and Mercedes-Benz chassis. Clients included members of the Italian aristocracy and wealthy entrepreneurs such as the American magnate Willian Randolph Hearst, During this period, Castagna were most famous for their bodyworks based on Issota Fraschini chassis, and they also worked with Duesenberg.

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After World War II, Castagna struggled to survive as demand for special coachbuilding diminished and lost its fame. However the coachbuilder saw a welcome renaissance in 1995 when Umberto Pietra revived the name with the presentation of the Alfa Romeo SZ based Vittoria at the Geneva Motor Show styled by architect Gioacchino Acampora. At the time, Castagna claimed that their Alfa Romeo one-off produced 320 bhp against the ‘standard’ SZ’s 180 bhp.

Castagna quickly rebuilt its international reputation, specialising in contract work, prototype constuction for manufactures, soft tuning and, moreover, their one-off vehicles created upon request like the Maserati Auge (1995), Ferrari Rossellini (2003) and Ferrari Aria (2005) based on 575 Maranello mechanicals.

When Gioacchino Acampora and Umberto Pietra, who both worked for other Italian coachbuilders, decided to start a company of their own, they gave a new lease of life to the old Castagna-name, buying its rights in 1994. They built several unconventional one-offs on Alfa-Romeo-, Ferrari-, Bentley-, Maserati- and Corvette-base, but became best known for their estate Mini, launched years before Mini came up with their own ‘Clubman’.

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Do you remember the Fiat 500 and 600 Ghia Jolly’s and other – mostly Fiats – coachbuild ‘Beachcombing’ cars of the 1950’s and 60’s? Now can Mini well-heeled lovers in warm climes who require space enough to haul burlap sacks of coconuts (or whatever) finally have a car that meets their rather unique need-set. The Milanese coachbuilder is offering the Mini Tender, based on a Cooper cabrio that’s been lengthened by more than 27 inches. It’s the perfect yacht-side companion, with a shower (fed by an eight-gallon water tank), plus 2000-watt audio system, teak appointments and seats of waterproof neoprene.

In the sixties it was called ‘Beachcombing’, now it is called Tender. Take her down to the seaside, everyone will stare at her.

Retaining the original mechanics and means of propulsion, they have added an electric motor to the vehicle, equipped with a system that allows the driver to select the desired means of propulsion at any time. The batteries, managed by an on-board resource optimisation programme, offer an operating range of up to 200km at a maximum speed of 140 km/h. But it does not end here. You can, at any time, choose to run the combustion engine on the open-road or as a generator in order to charge the batteries.

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A silent, hybrid engine that will take you anywhere, past the point where others stop. This is a vehicle that doesn’t hurt the environment, but makes it better for travelling.

This most exclusive and indisputable diva of high-level recreation epitomises originality, measured in terms of elegance and luxury. Perfect for the yacht, it is ready to climb aboard. What else do you need? Castagna make all your dreams come true!

Come into the wonderful world of Castagna.

 

 

 

 

 

Haute Couture: Mini Castagna Woody Wagon

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Carrozzeria Castagna was founded in 1849 by Carlo Castagna. It reached the peak of its glory days between 1920 and 1930 producing custom-built bodies assembled on some of the best chassis in the world, like Alfa Romeo, Lancia, Hispano Suiza, Isotta Fraschini, en Mercedes. So exclusive were these bodies, that they won coveted awards at the Concours d’Elegance and the era’s most prestigious shows.

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Recently, Castagna has sprung back into action with their latest product first introduced at Geneva, the Mini Wagon. This custom-built automobile is a true Shooting Break: the rear boot was elongated by 25 cm, which lets the car hold up to three large suitcases. Over 200 modifications were made to the original model to form the primary details that emphasis its original styling.

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The idea to stretch a mini is not new. BMC produced a variety of body styles for the original Austin Mini including a truck, panel van and a station wagon. Representing the more decorated end of the Mini range was the Woody Wagon, sometimes called a Countryman. Over 200,000 wood-decorated minis were built, despite protest from the vehicles designer Alec Issigonis.

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The deserving heir of the historic Mini Traveller and other woody wagons is Castagna’s Mini. The car has an exclusive allure, which mixes a harmony between the intense tones of the woodwork, the aroma of the leather and the natural appeal of wicker. The exterior moulding consists of 20 hand-crafted elements from the wood species that best matches the colour of the vehicle. Wood can be also found around the instrument frames placed on the dashboard and along the tops of the doors.

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Inside, natural leather upholstery is combined with finely selected fabrics. Another touch of class is found in the wicker kit, a series of panels that cover the luggage compartment to prevent that leather upholstery from being ruined. With their Mini program, Castagna hope to reintroduce the idea of a One Off: a modern interpretation of the custom-built concept first adopted in the 1920s. These single vehicles will be thoroughly tested and designed by Castagna by specific request. Tailor made in Milan, Castagna are now taking orders for unique conversion projects based on the Mini platform.

Come into the world of Castagna.