Carrozzeria Castagna Milano, one of the oldest automotive coachbuilders in the world, is still getting stronger and has shown its latest project. Ready for this week’s Milan Mobile Salon, it has dubbed the one-off Peugeot 308 GT Castagna “a tribute to the green.”
Finishing an intriguing two-tone paint job, the car is mainly painted in glossy forest green. Around the rear wheel arches and on the rocker panel, though, it is painted in a much more pale matte green. The effect of the scheme is to highlight the body lines pressed on the steel by Peugeot and give the rear part, which is mostly glossy green, a hit of visual conspiracy for lines like matte green pinstripe extending across the tailgate, above the badge.
Inside, meanwhile, Castagna Milano has gone all out with leather. It pays homage to the green, the ceiling, A-pillars and dash tops are all decorated with green suede that is highlighted by green, apparently carbon fiber, trim panels.
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At the bottom of the dash and door card, the green color is complemented by a gray suede that is associated with a caramel-colored leather. It eventually leads to a rich granular dark brown leather that is found on the seat bolster, along the door frame and on the steering wheel hub.
Castagna Milano made no mention of changing the drivetrain, but it probably didn’t seem to. The flagship Peugeot 308 GT is powered by a plug-in hybrid powertrain that combines a 180 hp (134 kW / 182 PS) with a 109 hp (81 kW / 110 PS) electric motor. It has a 12.4 kWh battery that covers 36 miles (58 km) of all electrical range.
Carrozzeria Castagna, meanwhile, was founded in 1849 when Carlo Castagna bought the Ferrari coachbuilding business. Its first coachbuilt automobile with a combustion engine was a Benz quadricycle and it later worked with famous names such as Isota Frascini, Dusenberg, Alfa Romeo, Lancia and others. Although it ceased operations in 1954, the company’s name was revived in the 90’s, and it recently worked on the Fiat 500s, Minis and others.