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Ghia Nibbio II

A special record-breaker built by Giovanni Lurani.

Vehicle Overview

The Ghia Nibbio II is a remarkable record-breaking vehicle crafted by the innovative Giovanni Lurani. This extraordinary car is the successor to Lurani’s first record car, which was built by Carrozzeria Riva. The Nibbio II was engineered with advanced features such as independent four-wheel suspensions and was powered by a Guzzi one-cylinder motorcycle engine, encapsulated in sleek Ghia bodywork. Between 1956 and 1958, the Nibbio II etched its name into the annals of automotive history by setting multiple international speed records in the 350 cc class at the renowned Monza circuit. The vehicle’s exceptional performance was demonstrated under the skilled hands of drivers Giovanni Lurani, Piero Campanella, and Angelo Poggio. Their efforts showcased the car’s superior engineering and design, contributing to its legacy as a significant achievement in the world of motorsport. The Nibbio II was a direct descendant of the “Nibbio I” from 1935, also a creation of Lurani built by Carrozzeria Riva. The original Nibbio I made its mark by being the first car with a 500 cc engine to surpass the 160 km/h speed barrier. This groundbreaking feat set the stage for the Nibbio II’s subsequent achievements, underscoring Lurani’s enduring influence and pioneering spirit in automotive engineering. Lurani’s vision and technical expertise were instrumental in the development of the Nibbio II. The car’s innovative design and engineering breakthroughs were a testament to his commitment to pushing the boundaries of speed and performance. The Ghia Nibbio II not only built upon the legacy of its predecessor but also set new standards in the realm of record-breaking vehicles, solidifying its place in the history of motorsport.

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    1955
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    Ghia
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    Nibbio II
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    Ghia
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