The great Italian coachbuilding houses have been sadly decimated since the ’60s, unable to face the challenges of a world in which car makers can competently design and produce even their low-volume models in-house.
Back then this colourful industry was still very much in its pomp, made buoyant by the growing momentum of the Italian economic miracle (and its attendant industrialisation) plus a wealth of homegrown talent.
Nowhere else could you find such a happy blend of artistic and technical skill when it came to styling and fabricating motor-car bodywork.
So, when Touring of Milan unveiled this tasteful two-door offering named Praho on an Alfa Romeo 2000 chassis at Turin in 1960, nobody was particularly taken aback.
Here was yet another exemplar of the Latin penchant for building great-looking cars with a seemingly unmatched effortlessness.
In fact, the elegant Superleggera aluminium coachwork was the latest in a succession of special bodies based on Alfa’s 102 Series platform, the shortlived four-cylinder precursor to the 2600 that would replace it two years later.