CoupeTorino based on Mercedes-Benz SL-Class: official details

Article by Christian A., on August 27, 2010

The COUPETORINO is an engineering and styling study intended at converting series and off-set vehicles with dependable technical solutions although preserving the identity of the car in the process. With this goal in mind the legendary Mercedes-Benz SL spider was voted as a lone example. Its first architectural design was converted into a proper coupe.

In the midst of the different design studies led by STUDIOTORINO in conjunction with Istituto di Arte Applicata e Design (IAAD) and casually offered to the Mercedes Design Center in Como to Professor Peter Pfeiffer, a more standard Italian coupe style was opted. Included in this venture is an accurate 1:4 scale model individually modeled by Alfredo Stola and an exhibit in photographs which includes all of its developmental phases, from its birth to its fulfillment.

A serious study provides all of the construction methods and aerodynamics with the objective of making an ideally functional example with the dependability similar to that of series vehicles. COUPETORINO was showcased on December 12, 2008 at the Premiere that happened at the Turin Gallery with "Bespoke Coachwork" as the exhibit theme.

The style of the COUPETORINO, directed by Alfredo Stola, was achieved by way of collaboration with Istituto di Arte Applicata e Design (IAAD) and specifically with Piotr Degler Jablonski, apprentice who contributed to its creation as part of his last placement.

The theme is obvious. To show an off-set beginning with the Mercedes SL and alter it into a coupé while preserving its identity and putting in a dash of Italian stylishness in order to make it unique. At the onset, research went in different directions and after some designs the initial selection concentrated on a couple of fast-backs and a typical coupe.

Afterwards, on July 9, 2008, at the Mercedes Design Center in Como a casual and genial conference among Professor Peter Pfeiffer, Dr. Michele Paganetti and Alfredo Stola, Studiotorino is offered valuable propositions as to which direction will be selected for the development of the scale variant of "our C version" or 'all'italiana' as what a traditional coupe is popularly called.

For "Torino World Design Capital 2008" event, Mercedes has amply provided a 1:4 scale version of the SL, essential factor for the designing of the COUPETORINO version. The variant was made in a typical way, that is, by hand. Actually, the rear is totally modified and was particularly modeled by Alfredo Stola with the cooperation of student intern Piotr Degler Jablonski for the design.

The debut of COUPETORINO on December 12, 2008 in the exhibit "Bespoke Coachwork" at Turin Gallery will showcase besides a photographic display of all the designs and developmental phases, a 1:4 scale version intentionally with the wheels absent, in one color of bronze on a see-through base just like a statue masterpiece.

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StudioTorino CoupeTorino

As part of the event "Turin World Design Capital 2008", StudioTorino presents a cultural, non-profit project. The StudioTorino CoupeTorino is a technical and stylistic study aimed at transforming series and off-set automobiles with reliable technical solutions while maintaining the car's identity. With this objective in mind the iconic Mercedes SL spider was chosen as a lone specimen. Its original architectural structure was transformed into a true coupé.

Amongst the various design studies directed by StudioTorino in cooperation with Istituto di Arte Applicata e Design (IAAD) and informally presented to the Mercedes Design Center in Como to Professor Peter Pfeiffer, a more typically Italian coupé style was chosen.

This project includes an accurate 1:4 scale maquette personally modeled by Alfredo Stola and a photographic exhibit presenting all of its developmental stages, from its conception to its realization.

An in depth study presents all of the construction methodology and aerodynamics with the goal of creating a perfectly functional prototype with the reliability akin to that of series automobiles.

StudioTorino CoupeTorino was presented on December 12, 2008 at the Première held at Turin Gallery with an exhibit titled "Bespoke Coachwork".

THE STYLE

Directed by Alfredo Stola, the style of the StudioTorino CoupeTorino was attained through cooperation with Istituto di Arte Applicata e Design (IAAD) and in particular with Piotr Degler Jablonski, student who participated in its creation as part of his final internship.

The theme is clear: to project an off-set starting with the Mercedes-Benz SL-Class and to transform it into a coupé all while maintaining its identity and adding a touch of Italian flair in order to make it exclusive.

Initially research took off in several directions; after several designs the first choice focused on two fast-backs and a traditional coupé.

Later on July 9, 2008 at the Mercedes Design Center in Como an informal and cordial meeting between Professor Peter Pfeiffer, Dr. Michele Paganetti and Alfredo Stola, StudioTorino is given suggestions as to in which way aim its choice for the creation of the to scale model of "our C version" or what we like to call a traditional coupé 'all'italiana'.

For the event "Torino World Design Capital 2008" Mercedes generously supplies us with a 1:4 scale model of the SL, indispensable element for the fashioning of the StudioTorino CoupeTorino model.

The model was created in a traditional manner - that is by hand. In fact, the back is completely restyled and was personally modeled by Alfredo Stola with the collaboration of student intern Piotr Degler Jablonski for the design.

The Première of StudioTorino CoupeTorino was held on December 12, 2008 in the exhibit "Bespoke Coachwork" at Turin Gallery with the addition of a photographic exhibit of all the designs and developmental stages, a 1:4 scale model purposely without wheels, monochromatic in bronze on a transparent support as if a sculpture.

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