Carmel, August 19, 2001
As a Ferrari or Lamborghini fan, an Alfa aficionado or a Maserati lover, visiting
Concorso Italiano for the first time without having any tranquilizer in reach, would
undoubtedly cause a serious problem. The Concorso Italiano is an unique event
which you’ll will certainly not find in Europe. Here, you can get an almost complete
overview over Italian Thoroughbreds. It’s exactly like the Concorso-speaker said:
”Remember, even Italians are travelling to us”.
Beginning with Alfa Romeo, highlight and beauty of the show was a black 2600 SZ.
This bizarre-looking Alfa with its low nose represented in 1965 the most exclusive
way to drive a ”Big Alfa”. With only 105 examples produced by Zagato, it was
simultaneously the rarest under the 2600, weighing over 140kg less than a standard
bodied 2600. Two Giulia GTA’s, GTC’s and several Spider completed the grid.
Cizeta Moroder V16T
Have you ever heard a Cizeta Moroder V16 T revving to more than 7,000/min ? Most of
us never have even seen such a car in reality. But at the Concorso they could have
had the possibility to watch a bright red example of only 6 supposed to be built with
an the owner who wasn’t afraid to turn the V16 on and to rev it ”a little bit”.
This spectacular car was designed by Marcello Gandini in order of Claudio Zampolli
and well-known Giorgio Moroder. In the mid-80’s, Moroder wanted to have a truly
unique, super-performance car with more than 12 Cylinder. The result was shown at
the Geneva Auto Salon in 1988 for the first time and attracted huge attention. Two V8
were combined to form a V16 mounted transversal behind the cabin like a
Lamborghini Miura. It delivers 540 hp and if someone is brave enough it can run 204
”Production” started in 1991 but the time had changed since 1988. There was no
market anymore for such supercars and so only approx. 6 cars were built, at least
one for the Sultan of Brunei and two for Giorgio.
50 years of Ferrari & Pininfarina
This year, the main theme was ”50 years of Ferrari and Pininfarina” and therefore 7
Pininfarina masterpieces and Prototypes were shipped from Italy to the States
including the latest Pininfarina Rossa, based on a F550 Maranello.
In 1967 Pininfarina created the Dino Competizione, based on a Dino 206 S with s/n
034. The car has gullwing-doors and is fitted with two very prominent adjustable
wings – one over the nose at the front and a big rear-wing.
The reason for Pininfarina to built the Sigma Grand Prix in 1969, was to use a racing
car as a mobile laboratory for research into new ideas for all-round car safety. The
Prototype is equipped with complete F1 mechanicals and was shown to the
International Sports Committee in Zandvoort to review regulations.
Two award-winning Ferrari Mythos were built in 1989, one went to Japan and the
other stayed in the Pininfarina Museum. Up to this day this design layout has nothing
lost from its sheer beauty and aggression since the Tokyo Motor Show in 1989,
where the car appeared for the first time.
Besides all the Pininfarina-designed cars, in the Pininfarina tent the Concorso
organizers had also gathered other Pininfarina-designed stuff like kitchen equipment,
shower handles etc..
A white Ferrari 166 MM Touring Barchetta ?
Right parked before the FCA tent a small white Ferrari Touring Barchetta attracted
tremendous attraction. Looking in the engine compartment one could get confused:
”0049S” is clearly stamped on the cross member as well as on the engine….0049S
? – this should be a 166 Inter Ghia Coupe and not a Touring Barchetta !
The truth is, this car is owned by Charles Betz and Fred Peters who built it up with
Touring Barchetta body-parts on a 166 Inter chassis in the 90’s.
Not a real one – but this was obviously no disadvantage because the majority elected
it as ”Best of Show”.
Particular Ferrari 250 GT - list
A lot of different Ferrari 250 GT were displayed as well. Oldest car was a 1956 Boano
Coupe s/n 0429GT, followed by another Boano – chassis 0625GT.