1950s Italian Sports Car . With this car we introduce a new category: The "Galleria storica" will show the classic contributions to our website, GT cars as well as racers and F1. We like to invite you to a tour through times long ago, iconic automobiles and legendary races like the Mille Miglia or Le Mans. . The model
The first contribution to the new "Galleria storica" resembles no specific model. Thus we see no make emblems, although it was obviously inspired by Italian sports cars from the 1950s / 1960s like the 1960 Maserati 3500GT Vignale Spyder, the 1956 Alfa Romeo 1900C SS Touring Cabriolet and the Ferrari 410 SuperAmerica & 250 GT LWB California Spyder.
I came to the decision to build a "Barchetta" - small boat - an open variant. The overall shape looks quite blocky and was a solid build, but the devil is in the detail. To challenge myself I opted for a thirteen studs wide body, resulting in some headaches.
I made this car about a year ago but delayed posting again and again. It would have been the perfect candidate for the 4th BOW challenge "Out of your comfort zone" ...now it's just an overlate exemplar I'd like to share with you.
OK, let's add some color:
Aside from the headlights and cabin floor the model is completely studless.
As with most of our cars, the doors, trunk and hood are openable.
The "rims" HAD to be painted...
Both bumpers are fourteen studs wide. The half stud offset accentuates the smooth lines.
Well, it's just one plate high but it is still an hideous, bulky edge! Hmm, try sandpaper? *Just kidding*
Lots of curved slopes...
You can actually open the tank cap.
The trunk is really spacious...but due to the complicated joints not spacious enough to add an inner lining *sigh*
No stickers on this one...
As I saw several restored classics (at least Ferraris), I went for this unusual color instead of the usual tan leather.
Engine & exhaust
Quick releases secure the hood...
...which features a big scoop (actually built "hollow")...
...to direct air to the massive 3,5 liter V-12.
More precisely, it channels the incoming air directly into three Weber carburetors. Fuel explodes, witchcraft happens,...
...the drive shaft revolves and off you go! 340 bhp permit a top speed of about 160 mph.
Meanwhile the burnt gases exit the car throgh a tricky exhaust system...
...with four pipes.
Thank you for spending some time in the new "Galleria storica". I hope you enjoyed your visit and comment & discuss this creation, as your input always helps to create better cars.
MOC by Jens