1960 Alfa Romeo 2000 Praho
Before the launch of the Alfa Romeo 2600, Carlo Felice Bianchi Anderloni of Carrozzeria Touring made this one-of coupe. It complemented the Berlina and Spider versions of the Alfa Romeo 2000 which were already produced by Touring.
The Praho used the Series 102 platform which was released in 1958 as Alfa Romeo's larger car. New to the design was integrated twin front headlights which had become mainstream in American design and was a feature on some of the Vignale-bodied 2000s. To retain a slender fender line, a crease was added just behind the headlight surround and this feature is unique to this car.
Using an entirely new body shell, the Praho was probably an attempt to secure production of the Alfa Romeo 2600 Coupe. The interior was intricately designed with a center binnacle that contained all the controls and instruments. Being a pillarless hardtop with slender posts, the interior was quite bright and made the overall design look quite light.
The car was originally displayed at the 1960 Turin Motor Show and remained a one-of. The prototype surfaced in 2001 and was restored afterward for a debut at the 2011 2011 Concorso d'Eleganza Villa d'Este by owner Giovanni Anderloni, a son of the original owner.
Story by Richard Owen