A Rosy View of Italian Coachbuilding at the Petersen Museum

The independent Italian automotive design house, or carrozzeria, is a touchstone of automotive culture. It is not without its blemishes, however, as the financial difficulties of several prominent carrozzerie have recently illustrated. But at the exhibition opening Saturday at the Petersen Automotive Museum in Los Angeles, the headlines will remain out of sight.

Leslie Kendall, the museum’s curator, said in a telephone interview that the impetus for “Sculpture in Motion: Masterpieces of Italian Design” came from the return of some familiar nameplates to the United States that are closely associated with Italian coachbuilders.

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