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Friday, September 7, 2018

The Willys AW380 Berlineta is an Italian neo-Alpine A108

If you hear the Willys brand, of course you immediately imagine the figure of the legendary American jeep, but this time you are wrong. And the Willys car that we will discuss this time is an original Italian supercar. 
2015 Willys AW308 Berlineta. (Picture from: http://bit.ly/2wOFEBf)
The Willys AW380 Berlineta by Carrozzeria Viotti is a modern interpretation of the Alpine A108 – more specifically, the Brazilian version, which enjoyed an impressive racing career in the 1960s. Thanks to an agreement with Willys-Overland, the Alpine A108 was manufactured from 1962 to 1966 in Brazil – and renamed the Willys Interlagos. 
1964 Willys Interlagos A108 Berlinetta. (Picture from: http://bit.ly/2wNL3Z8)
In total, over 800 Berlinetas were created (yes, written with only one ‘t’), along with coupés and convertibles. Race drivers such as the Fittipaldi brothers, Luis Pereira Bruno, Bird Clemente, Wilsinho and other champions of the Brazilian golden age achieved several podium finishes with the car.
Left side view of 2015 Willys AW308 Berlineta. (Picture from: http://bit.ly/2wOFEBf)

And now, 50 years later, the Italian car manufacturer Maggiora has provided a modern interpretation of the iconic Willys Interlagos thanks to body designer Viotti from Turin. The Willys AW380 Berlineta, designed by Emanuele Bomboi, and the car has been shown at the Bologna Motor Show 2014. 
Rear right side view of 2015 Willys AW308 Berlineta. (Picture from: http://bit.ly/2wOFEBf)
The car starts already entered into the production line in January 2015, as a limited run of 110. The sports car is powered by a 3.8-litre, six-cylinder biturbo, promising power of 610 hp and a sprint from 0 to 100 kph (62mph) in 2.5 seconds. The top speed is expected to be around 340 kph.
The car offered at a price of €380,000, the first sports car by Maggiora and Viotto has already been bought – and marketing channels have been established in the Balkans and the UAE. *** [EKA | FROM VARIOUS SOURCES | CLASSIC DRIVER]
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