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Monday, April 18, 2022

The One-off Ultimo, the last work of Giovanni Michelotti

~Maestro Works~ The Giovanni Michelloti's name is very famous in the world' automotive, as one of the world's greatest car designers before and after he founded his owned company called Michelotti Studio in 1959.
The Michelotti Lola Ultimo known as the last car creation of Giovanni Michelotti is continued by his son Edgardo following his death in the 1980. (Picture from: AllCarIndex)
Many of his automotive works have graced various automotive brands ranging from sports cars to trucks. In our beloved Trussty sites, on several occasions we have also discussed the automotive works by the Italian' maestro.

As we all knew, the maestro passed away in January 23, 1980 at the age of 58, left many unfinished car concepts and one of them named the Michelotti Lola Ultimo (the name possibility intends to be rememberance as the Giovanni Michelotti's last car creation).
The Michelotti Lola Ultimo built based on Lola T70 chassis featured with the front of its body and rear ends were made of a single piece of resin strengthened fiberglass. (Picture from: Carrozzieri-Italiani)
Reportedly, the Ultimo was commissioned  a Canadian entrepreneur and was belatedely shown on the Geneva Auto Salon 1981. Like other the Giovanni Michelotti' unfinished car such Michelotti Pura which came from the same era, the Lola Ultimo built by Michelotti Studio under the direction of Edgardo Michelotti (son of Giovanni Michelotti).
The Michelotti Lola Ultimo was belatedely shown on the Geneva Motor Show 1981. (Picture from: Carrozzieri-Italiani)
The Ultimo was built based on a Lola T70 chassis featured with the front of its body and rear ends were made of a single piece of resin strengthened fiberglass. As you can see on the Michelotti’s aerodynamic Lola prototype featured an ample glass area providing excellent visibility, aside from the thick B-pillar.
As you can see on the Michelotti Lola Ultimo prototype featured an ample glass area providing excellent visibility, aside from the thick B-pillar. (Picture from: Pinterest)
The passenger area was in a steel structure with aluminum plugging. The front and rear ends were made of a single piece of resin strengthened with fiberglass. As for the drivetrain, unsparingly Michelotti installed an 8.2 liter Chevrolet Corvette V8 mid-mounted engine capable of spitting out 620 hp.
The Michelotti Lola Ultimo is powered by an 8.2 liter Chevrolet Corvette' V8 mid-mounted engine capable of spitting out 620 hp. (Picture from: Pinterest)
Unfortunately, after the Geneva Motor Show 1981 was over there's no news about the existence of this concept car to this day. An almost similar fate happened to the Michelotti Studio after being continued by Edgardo Michelotti, the son of Giovanni until completely closed in 1990.😢
And the last exhibited car of the Michelotti Studio was the Michelotti Villedeuxmille (only as a non functional maquette) shown at the Torino Motor Show 1990 in Turin. After that the name of "Michelotti" seems to vanish out of the circle of the world's car designers to this day. *** [EKA | FROM VARIOUS SOURCES | CARROZZIERI-ITALIANI | CARSTYLING.RUCARSTHATNEVERMADEITITC | WIKIPEDIA ]
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