Unique exhibition of Franco Sparrow at Autobau Romanshorn

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Immortal on the wall of fame: the auto world honors Italian car designer Franco Sparrow with a special exhibition

Franco Sparrow seems to have overshadowed his most famous compatriot Battista Pininfarina a little, but he has not only made a name for himself as an innovator of aerodynamic bodies, but also as a developer and designer.

The designs of the innovative car designer are attracting attention in the world of automobile industry.

Photo: Max Eichenberger (Romanshorn, June 4, 2022)

The Mario Botta Franco Sparrow car set the standard in car design. Autobau Romanshorn now dedicates a special exhibition to it. The unknown Max Eichenberger, Italian auto designer Battista Pininfarina, whose studio has given many sports cars their silhouettes. Not only Ferrari, Maserati and Lancia have benefited from the art of body building.

Off the scene, fellow countryman Franco Sparrow may be less well known. But like Pininfarina, the now 83-year-old from southern Italy has found his place in the auto industry’s annals – and now also on the wall of fame for the world of car-building expertise.

Recognized as a complete “Automotive Engineer”

Unlike Pininfarina, Franco Sparrow is an auto mechanic and technology engineer not only the creator of aerodynamic bodies. He is also a developer and designer – thus a complete “automotive engineer”. Autobau-Erlebniswelt now dedicates a special exhibition to it, which opened on Saturday.

Added to the wall of fame: Franco Sparrow.

Added to the wall of fame: Franco Sparrow.

Photo: Max Eichenberger (Romanshorn, June 4, 2022)

Car maker Freddy Lenhard has been friends with Franco Sparrow for 30 years. In 1992, after visiting Sbarro’s Atelier de Construction Automobile (ACA) in Grandson in the canton of Vaud, the entrepreneur acquired his own development, “Helios”, and since then has made further acquisitions.

Connecting technology, design and innovation

Lenhard not only praised the car manufacturer as a creative designer, but also as a good person with a great soul. A combination of technology, design and innovation The road from poor conditions in Puglia to showing up at the Geneva Motor Show and to becoming a sought-after auto designer Franco drove Sparrow through Neuch√Ętel, where the car lunatic rented as a teenager in the Scuderia Filipenetti as a mechanic.

An old friend of the Italian auto designer: Freddy Leinhard.

An old friend of the Italian auto designer: Freddy Leinhard.

Photo: Max Eichenberger (Romanshorn, June 4, 2022)

Soon he was tasked with developing and maintaining sports racing cars. His passion drove Sparrow. He built classic cars from coupes to off-roaders, but he also created many groundbreaking designs and concept cars in his studio over the decades. It combines technology, design and innovation like no other.

Sparrow is living his dream to this day

Versatility has solidified the Sparrow’s reputation as a complete “automotive engineer” who can do more than design cool show cars and place aerodynamic bodies on top of a chassis. So it is not surprising that Franco Sparrow and Mario Botta, who were present at the opening of the exhibition, found each other and worked together.

The Sbarro CanAm (built 1968) has proven to be a popular photo subject.

The Sbarro CanAm (built 1968) has proven to be a popular photo subject.

Photo: Max Eichenberger (Romanshorn, June 4, 2022)

Despite all his successes, humility and humility have remained virtues of the man who lives his dream to this day. For various racing series, Sparrow built fast vehicles and, when necessary, desert vehicles. From an early age, he worked on imparting his philosophy on automobile design.

He established his school at Espace Sbarro in Welchland and a Factory Museum in Pontarlier, France. Dozens of cool Sbarro cars can be seen in the Romanshorn until the end of August.

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