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    Report: Bentley wants to get into the coachbuilding business
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    There was a time when a customer would buy a chassis from an automaker like Bentley and then take it to a coachbuilder to have whatever bodywork they wanted put on it. The practice was particularly prevalent in Bentley's earlier days, but the industry has progressed in such a way – with ...

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    Official: Zagato Lamborghini 5-95 successfully aims to be an instant collectible [w/video]
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    1965 was the first time Zagato and Lamborghini hooked up, when the Milanese coachbuilder created the Lamborghini 3500 GTZ for Marquis Gerino Gerini. There have been several more collaborations since then, the one you see above being the latest: the Lamborghini 5-95, created for collector Albert ...

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    Official: David Brown Automotive launches old-is-new-again Speedback [w/video]
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    Back in January, we reported on a new British coachbuilder called David Brown Automotive. In February, the startup released the first details and images of its inaugural project, and now it has revealed the finished product. It's called Speedback, and it's based on the Jaguar XKR. But while it's ...

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    Report: Pininfarina in the black for first time since 2004
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    Italian design house Pininfarina predicted last May that it would face an operating loss for 2012 but still come out with a net profit. Both predictions have come true – the company is reporting an operating loss of 8.2 million euros and a net profit of 32.9 million euros ($42.5 million ...

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    Confirmed: Legendary designer Sergio Pininfarina passes away
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    The world of automotive design has lost another great. Sergio Pininfarina – the honorary chairman of the Pininfarina Group that bears his family name – passed away last night at age 85. Sergio took control of Pininfarina as chairman back in 1966 after his father, Gian Battista ...

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    Report: Pininfarina turns first net profit since 2004
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    Automotive News reports Pininfarina projects it will turn a profit for 2012, thanks in part to debt restructuring. The Italian design studio hasn't seen a profit in eight years, but signed a deal in April to restructure $182.6 million in debt. The move effectively stretched the studio's repayment ...

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    Galatea thinks Hyundai Tiburon is perfect platform for coachbuilt styling
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    Galatea Revision – Click above for high-res image gallery
    Examples of high-end coachwork usually draw long, wistful stares and high levels of admiration, with skilled craftsmen taking something beautiful and creating something stunning. An Aston Martin DB4 is a wonderful machine, but a 1960 ...

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    One-off Million-Dollar "Black Ruby" Rolls-Royce coupe up for sale
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    DC Design "Black Ruby" Rolls-Royce coupe – Click above for image gallery
    Funny thing about one-off creations. Sometimes you look at them and wonder why they only made just the one, and sometimes you thank your lucky stars they're not roaming the streets in packs. Whatever side of the fence ...

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    Karmann Go: Legendary coachbuilder shuts down as last car comes off the line
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    Karmann throughout the years - Click above for high-res image gallery
    Troubled coachbuilder and specialty car manufacturer Karmann has gone dark. The firm's final vehicle – a Mercedes-Benz CLK came off the lines on Monday as the legendary company has been shuttered because of ...

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    Rolls-Royce to build special edition Minis?
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    Gearing up for production of the Silver Ghost, Rolls-Royce recently put out the call for craftspeople good with wood, leather, and paint. If a new MotoringFile report is true, if any of you get the job, you might be making wood veneers not just for the new plutocratic sedan, but for a few special ...

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    Rolls-Royce does another special edition Phantom, this time in Sapphire
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    Click above for a high-resolution gallery of the Rolls-Royce Sapphire
    The bespoke department at Rolls-Royce has come up with another special edition Phantom to go along with the already released Phantom Pearl, Phantom Silver, and Phantom Tungsten. This one is the Phantom Sapphire, and unlike its ...

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    Faralli & Mazzanti to build ten Vulca S coupes
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    Click above for a high-res image gallery of the F&M Vulca S
    Faralli & Mazzanti have assembled one example of their Vulca S coupe. Built on an aluminum chassis covered with hand-beaten aluminum panels, the Vulca isn't as extreme as the Antas, but it is just as original. Outside are ...

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    Karmann possibly for sale soon
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    German coachbuilder Karmann could be on the block soon. The company, a longtime supplier to German automakers, has been having trouble getting contracts lately. The family that owns the company is reportedly considering all options, and some talks with potential buyers have already taken place. No ...

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    Cadillac CTS convertible: American coachbuilding at its finest
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    While Cadillac busies itself with a 2-door version of the new CTS sedan, the folks over at Coach Builders, Ltd have been busy taking their tops off. The boulevardier CTS gets an insulated, hydraulically-powered roof fitted with a heated glass rear window and cloth headliner. The top also comes in ...

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    European coachbuilders will sink or swim in changing market
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    We've posted a number of articles in recent months about coachbuilders like Pininfarina and Bertone finding themselves in financially troubled waters. The difficulties these and other independent manufacturers around Europe are suffering now appear to be part of a larger trend that's forcing these ...

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    SpadaConcept designs a carbon-fiber racing helmet
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    If the name SpadaConcept rings a bell, you're probably recalling the Codatronca, the Italian coachbuilder's radical shark-nosed and tail-fined Corvette-based supercar pictured at right. The design studio has now designed a racing helmet for Italian manufacturer Stilo that's almost as radical. The ...

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    Bespoke roadster uses WWII German fighter power
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    Pur Sang, an Argentine coachbuilder, is normally in the business of making Bugatti T35 replicas. It also makes custom vehicles for those who can afford them, and for one German customer it has made the burgundy roadster you see above. Not much is known about it (or the client), except that the ...

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    Zagato puts Diatto GT Ottovu into limited production
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    Click on the image above to view the new Diatto GT Ottovu in high resolution Hot on the heels of our Top 10 Coachbuilt Supercars comes the announcement from Zagato that the Italian carrozeria will be reviving the stoic Diatto marque with a small run of the Diatto GT Ottovu. First shown at the ...

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    RetroVette: Castagna Aznom unveiled
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    click above image for more pics of the Castagna Milano One of the most exciting recent developments in the industry, by this writer's account at least, is the re-emergence of the coachbuilding industry. Cars like the Fisker Latigo and Zagato Ferrari 575 GTZ have heralded a revival of the ...

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    What does Henrik Fisker roll on?
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    Too many trips to SEMA have left us immune to the shiny detritus that populates the pages of some of our favorite mags, but when Henrik Fisker, the man who penned the BMW Z8 and the Aston Martin DB9, gets into the wheel business, we take notice.Beyond his newest coachbuilding projects, Fisker has ...

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