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Tuesday, March 2, 2021

The lost Fiat-OSCA 1500 Bertone

This time we are in Italy, a beautiful country in Europe which is known for its long and legendary automotive history. Like stars in the sky, countless beautiful cars were produced by the country's renowned and talented experts. Some are still well maintained today, but some are unknown. And one of the Italian beautiful cars whose its existence is unknown is the 1959 Fiat-OSCA 1500 by Bertone.
1959 Fiat-OSCA 1500 Berlinetta by Bertone while sat on display at the Turin Auto Show 1959. (Picture from: ItaliAuto)
As it is well known that OSCA (Officine Specializzate Costruzione Automobili - Fratelli Maserati SpA) is an Italian racing and sports car manufacturer founded by the Maserati brothers in 1947 at San Lazzaro in Savena, Bologna, and sadly the company closed in 1967.đŸ˜¢ Its name is usually shortened to OSCA or Osca.
1959 Fiat-OSCA 1500 Berlinetta design clearly saw has a strong American influence on its style with a typical tail "fin". (Picture from: RuoteClassiche)
The beginning of OSCA's involvement with Fiat dates back to the late 1950s, when the Italian carmaker was looking for a reliable and brilliant partner to equip its newest convertible to compete with the rival's talented and highly respected spider called Alfa Romeo Giulietta.
1959 Fiat-OSCA 1500 Berlinetta is designed by the legendary automotive designer, Franco Scaglione while he worked for the Bertone. (Picture from: AllCarIndex)
Then the Italian automaker decided to collaborate with OSCA and the result was the OSCA 1500 Spider powered by a four-cylinder dual-axle drivetrain, which would later manufacture by Fiat under license. It was like a gift that would bring some subsidies to the Maserati brothers' company which at that time had always been lack of money and fortune as their long careers in the world's automotive.

When launched for the first time and exhibited in the Turin Motor Show 1958, the Fiat-OSCA 1500 Spider was accompanied by the Fiat-OSCA 1500 GT, a coupe-shaped prototype designed by Pinin Farina that was no less beautiful.
1960 Fiat-OSCA 1500 Spider is intended to build as the rival for the Alfa Romeo Giulietta. (Picture from: BresciaCar)
A year later in the 1959, amidst the busy schedule of the company, in presenting several 1500 convertible versions, they also gave Bertone, another renowned Italian coachbuilder opportunity to present the Fiat-OSCA 1500 Berlinetta. The car was known as the creation of the legendary automotive designer, Franco Scaglione with the appearance looked like a typical American muscle car.

Indeed, overall of the car design clearly saw  has a strong American influence on its style, that's a commonplace was not felt only in the auto industry, but in all sectors of production at that time. As it is known that in the late fifties the automotive tastes of the Americans were specifically marked by a tail "fin" and later this was nicely adopted by the talented designer of those Italian coachbuilder to this Fiat-OSCA 1500 figure.
1958 Fiat-OSCA 1500 GT, a coupe-shaped prototype designed by Pinin Farin. (Picture from: AutoVerCity)
The Bertone's Fiat-OSCA 1500 was presented for the first time at the Turin Motor Show 1959. The car showed the trends of its time, with its fashionable side-cuts coupled with a sleek and thin profiles, with an overall style of the two seater berlinetta reminiscent of neat fusion between the typical Italian and American designs. Video below was not about the Fiat-OSCA 1500 Bertone but the Fiat-OSCA 1500 Spider.
But unfortunately, after the event, the gorgeous car was never put into the production line of the Italian company and its whereabouts are tragically unknown to anyone, as if it just disappeared (gone with the wind), even the photos or pictures that existed and circulated in cyberspace are also not many.đŸ˜­ Its fate is similar to the 1966 Titania Veltro GTT 1500 Coupe (Intermecanicca), known also as the other Franco Scaglione's beautiful car creations.đŸ˜’

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Friday, February 26, 2021

It's modern style reinterpretation as the tribute to the 1970 Alpha Romeo Montreal legendary model

A car designing that reflects the accolades of its predecessors and makes it look modern is no easy feat, but Luca Serafini has done it good through his latest creation called the Alfa Romeo Montreal Vision GT.
2020 Alfa Romeo Montreal Vision GT concept designed by Luca Serafini. (Picture from: Motor1.com)
He stated, that is intentionally created as a tribute to the Italian manufacturer's history, as well as gave a modern looks to a classic model such the Montreal that is considered one of those Italian brand the best achievement milestones in the 1970s era.
1970 Alfa Romeo Montreal uses as the inspiration sources of the Alfa Romeo Montreal Vision GT Concept. (Picture from: Piston.my)
Through a radical concept design display, the modern figure of the Montreal Vision GT cannot be underestimated. This can be seen in the design of the front which features a series of chrome accents on the headlamps, to give the futuristic vehicle an aggressive face. Then the traditional Alfa Romeo triangular grille resembles the large NACA duct on the hood, instantly reminiscent of the original Montreal of the 1970s.
2020 Alfa Romeo Montreal Vision GT concept designed by Luca Serafini. (Picture from: Motor1.com)
Visually, the front fascia has an attractive design, and the concept design is much more classic and efficient than the original. From the side you can see the selection of large diameter rims and tires with an intricate chrome design, as well as four small horizontal vents just behind the door, in tribute to the six vents used by the original Montreal, and positioned in the same area.
2020 Alfa Romeo Montreal Vision GT concept designed by Luca Serafini. (Picture from: Motor1.com)
Submiting his work on Behance, Serafini reveals that his father once owned Montreal. “Back in 1986 my father bought a shiny orange Alfa Romeo Montreal. All originals except exhaust system, come from Ansa Marmitte. I remember the night he came home with an irregular V8. He parked at the back in the garage. The smoke was rising and the first thing I saw was the red taillights and chrome exhaust, "he was quoted as saying by Carscoops.
Luca Serafini said that his work reminded him of how he felt when he saw his father's car for the first time. "I stare at her. Muscular dynamic and aggressive. Looking at her now I can't feel the same way when I was a kid. So it's been almost 10 years I wanted to give a quick look into the future and feel again about those moments. And finally this is the Vision dress. GT. It's not about stylistic choices or functional engineering. I'm trying to create something that can subjectively bring me back as a kid. Something on four wheels that makes you say, WOW!" *** [EKA | FROM VARIOUS SOURCES | CARSCOOPS | MOTOR1 | BEHANCE ]
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Wednesday, February 24, 2021

Here's the 1955 Bugatti Brown weird appearance

Many amazing things related to the automotive world are around us which able to make us and many people amazed while we've first seen them. Something extraordinary can be interpreted as the work of geniuses in their fields.
1955 Bugatti Brown is built by an Anglo-French sculptor named James-Jacques Brown based on the 1938 Bugatti T57S chassis and while on display at the InterClassics 2015 held in Brussel. (Picture from: Automag.be)
This also happened to us, when surfing in cyberspace and found out there's an unusual-shaped Bugatti. Yes, in the time we browsed the Google search results and drove us at a minor Japanese site called Minkara, we were amazed to see the car figure in there, especially when we found out that the car was built based on the rarest Bugatti's models.
1955 Bugatti Brown built by James-Jacques Brown and is sat on display at the Autoworld in Brussel. (Picture from: Mr. Wouter Bregman's photo on Flickr)
Well, as an automotive enthusiast, of course you have understood and knew that Bugatti is one of the most famous premium car brands and has a long history in the automotive world. Even we all also know that the Bugatti T57S was the rarest models of those French's brands.
1955 Bugatti Brown built by James-Jacques Brown and is sat on display at the Autoworld in Brussel. (Picture from: Undiscoveredclassic.com)
James-Jacques Brown (October 22,
1918 – December 21, 1991).
(Picture
from:
Auto-Satisfaction.be)
As quoted of Historicautopro site, the unique modified car mentioned above was built based on the old-1938 Bugatti T57S chassis with an aerodynamic-styled bodywork made of polyester resin by an Anglo-French sculptor named James-Jacques Brown in 1952 and later known as the Bugatti Brown. Upon completion, then the unique stylish car was introduced to the public for the first time at the 1955 Salon de l'Automobile de Paris. In the time could be said that the car received great applaused by the audiences during the event.
1955 Bugatti Brown built by James-Jacques Brown and is sat on display at the Autoworld in Brussel. (Picture from: Undiscoveredclassic.com)
After that James-Jacques Brown was in his prime as an artist, continuing his work as a painter and sculptor by using the fiberglass and exhibiting his works around the globe. Until in between 1969 and 1975, when he found the fact that polyester resin had a deleterious effect. Then slowly but sure, his conditions changed drastically, had serious health problems, and sank into depression so he was no longer able to work properly. And finally, he died at the end of 1991.
1955 Bugatti Brown built by James-Jacques Brown and is sat on display at the Autoworld in Brussel. (Picture from: Postwarclassic.com)
As quoted of the sites of Auto-Satisfaction, and Historicautopro, the Anglo-French artist built 2 cars using in such bodywork (on chassis #57645 and #57723), which was originally for commercial purposes (but never became a reality).
This was probably the second unit of the 1955 Bugatti Brown built by James-Jacques Brown. (Picture from: Auto-Satisfaction.be)
Unfortunetely, only 1 unit is known in existence, while the other unit is unknown. But from some old photos, we can be knew what is the figure of the car that has been considered missing. And from the same photos we can also seen the difference when compared to the still existed car today is laid on the front air intake and windshield wipers.
The 1955 Bugatti Brown was found neglected in the 1980s at the backyard of a restoration workshop in France. (Picture from: Prewarcar.com)
This makes the unique Bugatti condition languish and neglected. When it found in the 1980s, the Bugatti Brown's body laid roten in the backyard of a restoration workshop in France, without the original chassis. After the recovery process is completed, then it's taken to Autoworld Brussel to be displayed there with no machine and leaning on tubular structures (some said, it was a VW's floorpan).
The 1955 Bugatti Brown was found neglected in the 1980s at the backyard of a restoration workshop in France. (Picture from: Prewarcar.com)
As quoted of the InterClassics site, the unusual styled Bugatti car was last exhibited at an automotive event titled the InterClassics which held in Brussels back in the 2015. Now if you are interested and wanted to see it, please come to the Autoworld in Brussels, Belgium.

That's it, and if the article above is still considered inadequate or inaccurate, or if you have additional information related to these unique-shaped Bugatti Brown or if You know the existence of the second Bugatti Brown unit, please don't hesitate to let us know via the comments column below this article. *** [EKA | FROM VARIOUS SOURCES | MINKARA | HISTORYCARPRO | AUTO-SATISFACTION | INTERCLASSICS | AUTOMAG | PREWARCAR | ITALIANCAR | AUTOPUZZLES | UNDISCOVEREDCLASSICS | POSTWARCLASSIC | FLICKR ]
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Monday, February 22, 2021

The Vallelunga sportscar in the next level development

After successfully producing the De Tomaso Vallelunga exclusively in 1964, it seems that it did not automatically make the Modena-based car manufacturer stop here, the company continues to work to develop the sportscar further. Even more, the Italian company is interested in getting involved deeply into the world of racing, which by chance at that time was excited by the emergence of a number of advanced engineered racing cars carried out by many major and minor automotive manufacturers and privateers.
1966 De Tomaso Sports 1000 Ghia Spyder aka Competizione 2000 race concept car built based of the De Tomaso Vallelunga. (Picture from: https://bit.ly/37BBMpp)
That is what made the Alejandro De Tomaso owned car manufacturer want to develop a spyder-styled race car model based on its Vallelunga sportscar which was initially called the Sports 1000 and is designed to run the Ford engines of between one and two-litres under the hood. To realized its plans, the Modena-based company made contacts and signed collaborations with several well-known Italian coachbuilders at that time such as Ghia and Fantuzzi to build a racing concept car as mentioned above.

1. Ghia-bodied race concept car
The first Ghia-made racing concept car model for De Tomaso was completed in December 1965, initially called as the De Tomaso Sport 1000 Ghia Spyder (chassis 2022) and made its debut at the 1966 Geneva Motor Show, and won the "The Best Car Design" award, due to it looks really good even today. This can be seen in the roadster's low, open body has the large wheel arches. Its bodywork harmony is not compromised by the bulky headlights, as is the custom of today's designers, and is placed right beside the front grille.
1966 De Tomaso Sports 1000 Ghia Spyder aka Competizione 2000 has the large wheel arches not compromised by the bulky headlights, and is placed right beside the front grille. (Picture from: https://bit.ly/37zktoO)
The concept car was originally powered by a 1.6 litre four cylinder Ford 120E engine or known as a tuned version of the 104 hp powerplant used in the De Tomaso Vallelunga coupled with the 4-speed manual transmission system built inside a Volkswagen's case with Colotti's gear sets. While the legs, it uses 13-inches wheels equipped with double wishbone and coil springs at all four corners, with uprights sourced from the Triumph suspension.
1966 De Tomaso Sports 1000 Ghia Spyder's cockpit featured by basic flat top dash housed an array of instrumentation and a standard wood-rimmed Vallelunga steering with 2 bucket seats. (Picture from: https://bit.ly/3kljH4l)
The cockpit was suitably bereft of any superfluous equipment. Two bucket seats were trimmed in black vinyl but there was no other upholstery to speak of. The basic flat top dash housed an array of instrumentation and a standard wood-rimmed Vallelunga steering wheel was employed. For marketing reasons, De Tomaso always said that the car was equipped with a Flat 8 cylinder 2-litre De Tomaso engine and changed the wheels to 15-inches size  then called it as the De Tomaso Competizione 2000.
1966 De Tomaso Sports 1000 Ghia Spyder aka Competizione 2000 originally powered by a 1.6 litre four cylinder Ford 120E engine, but for marketing reason later, De Tomaso said the car uses a Flat 8 cylinder 2-litre its owned engine. (Picture from: https://bit.ly/37zktoO)
After its appearance at the 1966 Geneva Motor Show, De Tomaso retained the Competizione 2000 until 2004. At this point the firm went into liquidation and chassis 2002 was sold to an Italian collector and underwent a comprehensive restoration.

2. Fantuzzi-bodied race concept car
The second model, the Fantuzzi-bodied Sport 1000/66 (chassis VL 1609) called De Tomaso Sports 1000 BRM Fantuzzi Spyder and fitted in 1966, it features one of only handful of survivors of the 15 BRM P80 engines built for shown off at the Turin Auto Show 1966 event, but unveiled two weeks earlier.
1966 De Tomaso Sports 1000 BRM Fantuzzi Spyder was on action at the 2009 Goodwood Festival of Speed. (Picture from: https://bit.ly/3saUFaH)
As mentioned above, the roadster is modified by the factory to use a 998cc BRM Formula 2 engine (129bhp at 9,750rpm) and ancillaries, new engine subframe, straight through exhaust, fuel tank, wider three-spoke De Tomaso Formula 3 wheels by Campagnolo, smaller diameter steering wheel and front-mounted header tank.
1966 De Tomaso Sports 1000 BRM Fantuzzi Spyder powered by a 998cc BRM Formula 2 engine. (Picture from: https://bit.ly/2ZyrzG1)
The rear bodywork was modified with flared fenders and an opening for the exhaust pipe on the tail facia. The rear deck had cut outs for the trumpets, a filler cap and heat exchanger for the electrical system.
1966 De Tomaso Sports 1000 BRM Fantuzzi Spyder after finished a comprehensive restoration done by Motorvation, an UK's automotove workshop before attended for the 2009 Goodwood Festival of Speed. (Picture from: http://bit.ly/3qLe8hG)
Uniquely, even though the car is designed as a racing car, in reality it has never been used for racing in any circuits. The spyder-styled race concept car was kept at the factory until the clearance sale which took place in 2004 when it was sold to an English collector who sold it again to his compatriot collector in 2007.
1966 De Tomaso Sports 1000 BRM Fantuzzi Spyder's rear bodywork was modified with flared fenders and an opening for the exhaust pipe on the tail facia. (Picture from: https://bit.ly/2ZyrzG1)
The Fantuzzi-made race concept car still in highly original condition, it was brought back to full running order in time for the 2009 Goodwood Festival of Speed. *** [EKA | FROM VARIOUS SOURCES | AUTOKULT.PL | WIKICARS.ORG | FLAVIAENDACHET | SUPERCARNOSTALGIA.COM | CARSTYLING.RU | CARROZZIERI-ITALIANI.COM | IN2MOTORSPORTS.COM | SUPERCARS.NET ]
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Sunday, February 21, 2021

Here are 2 concept cars adopted from André Franquin's famous comic strips

Before we start discussing about the four-wheeled vehicle in question on the article title above, maybe some of you don't know and are wondering who's André Franquin? He is an influential Belgian cartoonist who worked on the famous comic strips of 'Spirou et Fantasio' from 1947 to 1969, which is also considered by many as the series' golden age. Besides that, there are also his other famous comics, namely Gaston and Marsupilami.
The Turbot Rhino (Turbotraction) 1 roadster while on display at the Exposition Le Monde de Franquin 2007 held in Brussels, with the far-background is the Turbotraction 2. (Picture from: http://bit.ly/3bej6wV)
André Franquin (January 3, 1924
– January 5, 1997).
(Picture from:
https://bit.ly/3jYTx6W)
Well, in the comic strips of 'Spirou et Fantasio,' where André Franquin beautifully illustrated a lot of unique vehicles ranging from a flying scooter, cars, even submarines and others. On this occasion we will only specifically discuss the unique four-wheeled vehicles in the comic strip. At first glance you might think that the vehicle was built by some prestigious European manufacturers in the early 50's and you'd be wrong. It was designed and drawn by himself for the comic purposed in 1953.
The illustrations of the Turbot Rhino (Turbotraction) 1 (up) and the Turbotraction 2 (below) in the famous André Franquin's comic strips of 'Spirou et Fantasio' published from 1947 to 1969. (Picture from: http://bit.ly/2ZtrpiU)
Why did we mention that André Franquin illustrates all of this so neat? Because as a writer, he has even gone a step further, by creating Turbot as an imaginary car brand which was then pinned on his first car and then the second one. The imaginary car brand of Automobiles Turbot or Turbot appeared for the first time in the comic strips of 'Spirou et Fantasio' in the album 'Spirou et les heitiers' which was published in 1951 through the yellow-colored Turbot tandem race car model.

1. 2004 Turbot Rhino (Turbotraction) 1
And as the first car designed by him under the name the Turbot Rhino (Turbotraction) 1 which is known as a blue-colored unique roadster figure and it first appeared in those comic strips of 'Spirou et Fantasio,' in the album of 'La corne du rhinocéros' (The rhinoceros horn).
The replica of Turbot Rhino (Turbotraction) 1 which is built based of the André Franquin's comic illustrations and worked by Sbarro in the 2004. (Picture from: https://bit.ly/2LZm4gc)
In 2004 the roadster mentioned above was brought into the real world by Sbarro, a Swiss automotive design house owned by Franco Sbarro. As quoted of the company page, the unique roadster replica was deliberately built to pay a tribute for André Franquin, besides that it is also intended as the dream embodiments of all the children whose grew up with Spirou.
The Turbot Rhino (Turbotraction) 1 roadster built by Sbarro in the 2004 based of the Citroën Xantia Activa chassis and at the same time used its V6 engine as well. (Picture from: http://bit.ly/3bej6wV)
The Rhino 1 roadster first appeared in public at the Exposition Le Monde de Franquin 2004 event held in Paris. By looking at its unique shape at a glance, the rounded front fascia of the Sbarro-made roadster is very similar to the French first turbine car named the Socema Gregoire. (It is not known whether there's a connection between them both or just a coincidence).
The Turbot Rhino (Turbotraction) 1 roadster first appeared in public at the Exposition Le Monde de Franquin 2004 event held in Paris. (Picture from: http://bit.ly/3bej6wV)
The Turbot Rhino 1 actually a real engined roadster prototype so it can be driven like the cars in general (as evidenced by there are many photographs circulated while the car is driven on the streets). Due to a lack of information, it is not known what kind of engine of it. And reportedly, Sbarro built the car based on the Citroën Xantia Activa chassis and at the same time used its V6 engine as well.
The Turbot Rhino (Turbotraction) 1 roadster played a role and appeared briefly in a short scene in a French film entitled 'Les aventures de Spirou et Fantasio,' in the 2018. (Picture from: http://bit.ly/3pCaqpy)
As quoted from IMCDb, in 2018, the Sbarro-made Rhino 1 roadster played a role and appeared briefly in a short scene in a French film entitled 'Les aventures de Spirou et Fantasio,' whose story was adopted from the comic strips of 'Spirou et Fantasio' by André Franquin.

2. 2006 Turbotraction 2
Next we move on to the second car known as the Turbotraction 2. As quoted by CarJager, this car illustration appeared in the Franquin' comics around the 1958 and was very much inspired by the 1954 Ford FX-Atmos concept car. 
The Turbotraction 2 roadster was brought to life in 2006 by the creative touches of the famous Belgian designer named Louis de Fabribeckers who had worked at the Carrozzeria Touring Superleggera. (Picture from: http://bit.ly/3bmsU83)
The second car was brought to life in 2006 by the creative touches of the famous Belgian designer named Louis de Fabribeckers who had worked at the Carrozzeria Touring Superleggera. Reportedly, this Torbotraction 2 roadster was deliberately built by commissioned of an anonimous wealthy car collector who was passionate about Spirou as well.
The Turbotraction 2 was a front-engined roadster built based of the Porsche 924 chassis. (Picture from: http://bit.ly/3bmsU83)
The Turbotraction 2 roadster is built on the Porsche 924 chassis, and said that it uses the engine as well. However, it is not known what engine is installed under the hood, whether is the 125 hp, 2 liter naturally aspirated engine? Or the 2-liter turbo engine with 170 or 177 hp from 931? The second option is never indicated, although it would seem the most closest to the Franquin's idea of a Turbo engine.
After the Turbotraction 2 was finished in production by Touring and then showcased in October 2006 for the Exposition Le Monde de Franquin 2006 event held in Brussels. (Picture from: http://bit.ly/3bmsU83)
After the Turbotraction 2 was finished in production by Touring and then showcased in October 2006 for the Exposition Le Monde de Franquin 2006 event held in Brussels. And it is believed this car is still around today and may still be driven through. So for today what remains a mystery is the engine: turbo or atmo? *** [EKA | FROM VARIOUS SOURCES | FRANQUIN | SBARRO | IMCDB | WEBCARSTORY | IPERNITY | DEVIANTART | REDDIT | MEINEKLEINFABRIK | CARJAGER ]
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Saturday, February 20, 2021

Here she is the first De Tomaso's road car model, the Vallelunga

De Tomaso Automobili, an Italian automotive company founded by Alejandro De Tomaso in 1959 which is famous for the exotic sportscar productions. Since operating in the early 1960s, it has been noted that many sports cars have been produced.

And some time ago we discussed several cars made by De Tomaso Automobili, ranging from the classics like De Tomaso Mangusta, Pantera and others to the newest ones like the De Tomaso P72.
1964 De Tomaso Vallelunga sports car was the first De Tomaso's road car model. (Picture from: http://bit.ly/2M6J39m)
So, on this occasion we will discuss one of the company made sportscars called De Tomaso Vallelunga which later became the famous Mangusta model base. The De Tomaso Vallelunga was a mid-engined sports car model manufactured from 1964 to 1968, and also said the first road car ever produced by those Modena-based automotive company.
1964 De Tomaso Vallelunga sports car is shown as a concept car at the Turin Motor Show in 1963. (Picture from: http://bit.ly/2M6J39m)
As for the sportscar's name is adopted from an Italian famous racing circuit, namely the Autodromo di Vallelunga and was built based on the roadster designed by Carrozzeria Fissore. The sportscar was first shown as a concept at the 1963 Turin Motor Show.
1964 De Tomaso Vallelunga sports car's interior. (Picture from: http://bit.ly/2M6J39m)
De Tomaso Vallelunga is equipped with a 1,593 cc inline 4-cylinder Kent engine which was adopted from the Ford Cortina. The machine is capable of spewing power up to 104 hp (78 kW) at 6,200 rpm which is supported by the VW Beetle's transaxle and Hewland's gearsets.
1964 De Tomaso Vallelunga sports car a 1,593 cc inline 4-cylinder Kent engine, and capable of spewing power up to 104 hp (78 kW) at 6,200 rpm. (Picture from: http://bit.ly/2M6J39m)
Furthermore, the Vallelunga is built on a pressed steel backbone chassis construction with a tubular sub-frame at the back. Its suspension system uses double wishbone and coil springs at all four corners, coupled with the front and rear anti-roll bars adopted from Triumph cars.
1964 De Tomaso Vallelunga sports car is built on a pressed steel backbone chassis construction with a tubular sub-frame at the back. (Picture from: http://bit.ly/2M6J39m)
This sports car stature is considered as 'small' with curb-weighed only 726 kg (1,600 lbs). In general, the De Tomaso Vallelunga's bodywork is made of fiberglass and many drilled aluminium parts. The car is so light, made it can be driven up to a maximum speed of 112 mph or around 180 kph, while for the braking system, the Vallelunga already adopts an all-round disc type on its 4 wheels.
The Vallelunga known built as much as 50 units in the four years since the 1964, along with three aluminum prototypes and five racing cars, so in the total up to 58 units by the end of its production period in the 1968.

As previously mentioned, Vallelunga was later used as the basis for the renowned De Tomaso Mangusta sports car which was significantly re-engineered to adopt the Ford 302 engine, and then was elegantly integrated with the Giorgetto Giugiaro made bodywork. *** [EKA | FROM VARIOUS SOURCES | DE TOMASO AUTOMOBILI | WIKIPEDIA ]
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