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Dream the impossible dream?[edit]

"The advent of unibody construction made custom coachbuilding impossible". Oh, really? How do you explain the Pininfarina & Giugiaro showcars, then? And the fact they build bodies for carmakers? And that even as late as the Chrysler TC, bare chassis were being shipped to Italy, custom bodied, & shipped back for sale...? Trekphiler 03:49, 12 October 2007 (UTC)

The designer's showcars are no custom bodied vehicles, but completely new constructed cars, which are mostly not streetlegal and often do not drive at all. Hence the name SHOWcar.--Coachbuild (talk) 02:14, 2 September 2008 (UTC)


Research for each coachbuilder's works seems very much worth the effort.

I. e., me - far from being an expert - found a Saoutchik-styled '48 Cadillac's picture in a gallery - looks like a Delahaye. —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 10:46, 2 May 2008 (UTC)

That's because Saoutchik built most of it's custom bodies in the 30s and 40s on Delahaye chassis. --Chief tin cloud (talk) 11:13, 25 January 2011 (UTC)

List of coachbuilders[edit]

Removal of the entire list of coachbuilders sorted by country is very sad! It is of great value! The other list of coachbuilders mentioned is not the same and not sorted by country. Sorry, I just had to click the UNDO-button.--Coachbuild (talk) 20:01, 4 September 2008 (UTC)

Merge from Coachwork[edit]

Coachwork is a stub of a couple of sentences that at present is little more than a definition. As this article is light on introduction I think this could be a good merger. Thryduulf (talk) 15:24, 27 December 2010 (UTC)

  • Oppose There's plenty of material for both separately. We should fix them where they are (which does need doing), rather than merging, only to have to split as soon as they grow to a useful level of content. Andy Dingley (talk) 21:50, 13 May 2012 (UTC)
  • Support Coachwork is the work of a coachbuilder. The history and the methods can be combined, at least for now. Sincerely, SamBlob (talk) 13:08, 6 September 2013 (UTC)


The remark about Duesenberg is not correct. There was an in-house design team (at a time headed by Gordon Buehrig) which designed standard Auburn and Cord and which did some custom drawing for Duesenberg, too. To add a little glamour to these designs they were called LaGrande. If chosen by the customer, they were built at Walker or Central Manufacturing, both under Cord control. LaGrande was patterned, obviously, after Le Baron. This is the reason why Le Baron, after finishing just one body for a Duesenberg J, stopped working on Duesenberg chassis. --Chief tin cloud (talk) 11:43, 25 January 2011 (UTC)