Carrozzeria Boano

1954 - 1957

Between 1954 and 1957, a number of sports cars were built at the Carrozzeria Boano in Grugliasco (Turin/Italy). The company was founded by Mario Felice Boano (1903-1989) together with his son Gian Paolo and his partner Luciano Pollo. Some of the gorgeous models came from the talented and yet unnoticed Boano himself. However, the body builder was mainly responsible for the manual implementation of external designs. Prior to the opening of his body shop, Boano worked as a developer with renowned automobile designers such as the Carrozzeria Vignale or the Carrozzeria Ghia. From 1944 to 1953 he was managing director and partner at Ghia.
The first orders from Boano were one-off orders for Alfa Romeo and Abarth. One of the most beautiful models from the coachbuilders was a sports car for the Argentine President Juan Peròn. The car was based on a used Alfa Romeo 6C 3000 chassis, which provided Boano with a coupé body similar to the Disco Volante. Analogous to the presidential car, the designer built some automobiles based on the Alfa Romeo 1900 SS.
From 1956 onwards, the bodyshop mainly produced special bodies on Ferrari chassis, including the Ferrari 250 GT Coupé, probably the best-known vehicle from Boano. The Carozzeria Buano produced a total of 65 of these stylish sports cars. The 250 GT Pininfarina was designed by Boano, who designed the convertible body in 1956. From 1955 to 1957, the coachbuilder used chassis of the Alfa Romeo 1900 for a two-door car called Primavara. Boano visually inspired the Primavara to the Ferrari 250 GT. In addition to the two main clients Ferrari and Alfa Romeo, the body forge works for Jaguar and Lincoln.
After Fiat Centro Stile took over the management in 1957, Carrozzeria Boano ceased its activities as far as possible. Production orders were taken over by the successor company Carrozzeria Ellena from Boano’s son-in-law Ezio Ellena. In 1966 Carrozzeria Ellena also closed its doors.