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.

 

 

Haute Automobile: 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 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……

 

 

 

 

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.

 

 

 

 

Haute Automobile Mini Wagon

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Milan-based body manufacturer Carrozzeria Castagna can look back on a long tradition in the industry. Here, the company presents a lifestyle coachbuild Mini that is intended for leisure use. Whether you are at the seaside or in the mountains, looking for relaxation or adventure, there is only one car for you.

Are you a lover of the Mini? Come and speak to them about it. Something unique and beautiful will definitely come out of your meeting. Try this the new ‘easy’ way to discover Castagna.

25 centimetres of added length, without the loss of even a single millimetre of agility. It seems impossible, but here it is: luxury interiors, plastics either covered in the best leather, or painted or metal finish, always in perfect harmony with the colour variations selected for the other fabrics or materials.

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Even the seats are made according to your personal tastes, re-designed and shaped in order to meet different ergonomic requirements. When there is perfection inside, the city and its sounds remain outside. As a matter of fact, the Wagon also offers you high speeds with a golden silence, thanks to its perfect soundproofing and the 6mm thickness of the rear windows.

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Incredible. Beautiful on the outside, as well as beautiful inside. Or do you prefer a real Woody Wagon? Tailor made in Milan, Castagna is now taking orders for the unique conversion projects based on the Mini platform.

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More of the Mini Castagna Woody Wagon soon here on YakymourMen.

Come into the world of Castagna.