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1950 Lancia Aurelia B50 Stabilimenti Farina

1950 Lancia Aurelia B50 Stabilimenti Farina

Take the construction skills of Stabilimenti Farina and a design by "maestro" Giovanni Michelotti and you get this beautiful Lancia Aurelia B50 coupè built in only 5 speciments (!)

1965 Fiat Decathlon

1965 Fiat Decathlon

It was parked outside, unoticed and shy: This prototype made in 1965 is based on a 500 D chassis with fiberglass body made by Carrozzeria Sibona Bassano. It was owned by the Agnelli family who had used it in the summer residence of Villar Perosa.

1961 Fiat 600 Spider Moretti

1961 Fiat 600 Spider Moretti

The pretty Fiat 600 D cabriolet designed by Giovanni Michelotti was unveiled by Moretti at the 1961 Turin Auto Show. It was restored losing its white paint in favour of this red color. it was not the only car in this slider which faced this destiny. What a pity...

2007 Fiat Barchetta Bertone

2007 Fiat Barchetta Bertone

In 2007, Bertone released this concept car as proposal for a 2nd generation of the Barchetta. Built to commemorate the 95th anniversary of the famous company, the car was based on the Fiat Panda chassis and featured an aluminum body divided into two sections connected to each other by the glass surface of the doors. It is amazing!

1956 Fiat 1100 TV Printemps

1956 Fiat 1100 TV Printemps

This Fiat 1100 designed by Michelotti was presented by Vignale at the “Contest of Elegance of the Pincio” in Rome in autumn of 1956. The car introduced a lot of analogies with a prototype of Michelotti realized for Ghia and also with the Vignale Cadillac Coupe “Bill Frick”.

1953 Moretti 750 Alger - Le Cap

1953 Moretti 750 Alger - Le Cap

This is the last survivor of a 5 units made in pre-series. The “Moretti 750 Alger – Le Cap” was often the subject of publications on automotive history texts and in 1954 it was displayed with full honors, at the Fiat stand at the Turin Motor Show.

1995 Lancia Kayak

1995 Lancia Kayak

The Kayak, presented for the first time at the 1995 Geneva Motor Show, was a Bertone interpretation of a modern Lancia coupé in line with the traditions of the manufacturer. The car is a modern reworking of the style canons of the Italian coupé, of the great cars of the 1950’s and 1960’s. Its gorgeous!

1947 Fiat 500 Panoramica

1947 Fiat 500 Panoramica

At the outbreak of the Second World War, Ugo Zagato abandoned his Milanese home and sought refuge on the shores of Lake Maggiore. Here his desire to experiment with new forms led Zagato to create an original automotive concept, the so-called 'Panoramica', destined to mark the rebirth of his coachworks in the post-war period. This is his interpretation on the Topolino chassis.

1954 Fiat 1100 TV Canta

1954 Fiat 1100 TV Canta

The italian Studebaker Commander: Canta asked Michelotti to take inspiration from the american company creating this beautiful coupè, until it got attentions from the Studebaker lawyers forcing Canta to change slightly the design. Also this car, completely restored, was originally painted white.

2011 Jaguar B99

2011 Jaguar B99

What a surprise! The B99 name stands for B for Bertone and 99 for Bertone’s 99th year in operation. It was first shown to the public on the Bertone stand at the 2011 Geneva Motor Show. Gorgeous and spectacular. All the Jag Lovers agree with us: It needed to be mass produced!

After a week from “Auto e Moto d’Epoca Padova” we finally found the time to take stock of the situation. This year’s show was spectacular, full of surprises and more. Among these, certainly part of the Bertone collection. As usual, we have put together a top 10 of prototypes and special bodied cars to share with you. Let us know what you think in the comments.

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Automobili Pininfarina, the pinnacle of Italian luxury automotive design, has unveiled the Battista Cinquantacinque, a hyper GT paying homage to the timeless elegance of the 1955 Lancia Florida. This one-of-a-kind masterpiece blends cutting-edge technology with the spirit of classic Italian design, capturing the essence of automotive history.

Named “Cinquantacinque,” meaning 55 in Italian, the car’s moniker pays homage to the legendary Pininfarina-designed classic car. The Battista Cinquantacinque proudly showcases the iconic Blu Savoia Gloss bodywork and a contrasting Bianco Sestriere Gloss roof, inspired by the original Lancia Florida show car.

The Lancia Florida, created by Battista ‘Pinin’ Farina, served as a muse for the creation of the Battista Cinquantacinque. Farina, the visionary behind the classic model, also lent his name to the fastest and most powerful Italian road car, the Battista.

The exterior of the Battista Cinquantacinque features flawless Blu Savoia Gloss paint, complemented by a Bianco Sestriere Gloss roof and Brushed Anodised jewelry pack. Inside, the bespoke Mahagoni Poltrona Frau Heritage Leather upholstery exudes luxury and sophistication.

Each Battista Cinquantacinque bears unique inscriptions, including the signature ‘Cinquantacinque 55’ on the passenger door plate and the underside of the active rear wing, signifying its heritage and provenance.

Underneath its exquisite exterior lies a powerful heart—a 1,900hp electric powertrain propelled by four independent motors and a 120 kWh lithium-ion battery. With staggering performance figures like 0-100 kph in 1.86 seconds and a driving range of up to 476 km, the Battista Cinquantacinque promises an exhilarating driving experience.

Dave Amantea, Chief Design Officer at Automobili Pininfarina, expressed his excitement, stating, “This was a truly special and unique opportunity to design a car that pays homage to Pininfarina SpA’s heritage.” Amantea highlighted the significance of the Lancia Florida’s influence on both the Battista Cinquantacinque and the PURA Vision design concept, setting the stage for future Automobili Pininfarina models.

The Battista Cinquantacinque will make its debut in Tokyo, Japan, alongside retail partner SKY GROUP, marking Automobili Pininfarina’s global expansion. Clients in the region will experience the brand’s promise of ‘Dream Cars. Made Real.’ firsthand, with each hand-crafted vehicle tailored to reflect the personality of its owner.

Automobili Pininfarina’s dedication to crafting bespoke masterpieces ensures that each vehicle leaving the Atelier facility in Cambiano is a unique expression of luxury and automotive excellence, rooted in Italian heritage and innovation.