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The Michelotti O.S.C.A. which inspired the Fulvia Coupé

In 1960 Fiat made the prestigious mechanics of the Maserati brothers available to coachbuilders at a reasonable price; the O.S.C.A. twin-shaft engine derived from racing was an irresistible attraction for the creators of the “custom-built” cars so fashionable at the time. Michelotti also answered by building 3 speciments based on the 1500 and 1600 chassis.

While many coachbuilders proposed customary themes on the this chassis, Michelotti condensed in its creation a long series of stylistic innovations that will be re-proposed in series production only many years later.

Made without a mold according to the artisanal techique, the roof of Michelotti’s O.S.C.A., which anticipated that of the Lancia Fulvia coupé, was filled with tin where it is difficult to model; the hood also shows extensive use of this material, but this time his commitment facilitates the search for the right volume ratio by “swelling” the sheet where necessary. The side- and bonnet corners are also shapes that we will find on the Fulvia Coupé.

The chassis of the O.S.C.A. derived from that of the old Fiat 1200, essentially a project that dated back to 1953 and forced the designers to perform authentic miracles to overcome the difficulties in bodywork  the obsolete mechanics.

The idea of ​​framing the tail with a chromed line will be taken up again in the Fulvia, here the chromium plating will also rise to surround the edges of the abruptly truncated fender. In 1960 it would have been a heresy to clean cut the tail of a non-racing car and Michelotti as well tried to connect the crest of the fenders to the tail with a soft line.

Alain Berteau, a well-known French automotive journalist, heavily criticized the car’s roof at the time. Michelotti, made him promise that if within a few years he will see another car with a similar roof design, he would have to apologize. And Alain Berteau did, when the Mercedes Pagoda was unveiled. Since then they have become great friends.

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Tribute to Marcello Gandini with the Prototype Unveiled at the 1972 Geneva Motor Show: A Unique Model Exuding Elegance and Personality

From May 24 to 26, the BMW Group Classic and the Grand Hotel Villa d’Este will host the legendary Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este. The most spectacular cars from different eras and around the world will compete in various categories to win prestigious awards. Among these are the coveted BMW Group Trophy awarded by the Jury, the traditional Coppa d’Oro based on public votes, the Design Award for concept cars and prototypes, and the special ASI Trophy for the best-preserved post-war vehicle.

The presence of the Automotoclub Storico Italiano (ASI) at this unmissable international event is highlighted by the display of the Citroën GS Camargue prototype from the ASI Bertone Collection. This car enriches the theme dedicated to Marcello Gandini – the recently deceased master of car design – set up in the park of Villa Erba on Saturday, May 25 and Sunday, May 26. Also at Villa Erba, as part of the “Amici & Automobili” event, the ASI-affiliated Veteran Car Club of Como will accompany the Camargue with a precious selection of historical cars from its members.

The Citroën Camargue was first presented at the Bertone stand at the 1972 Geneva Motor Show, where it was met with great enthusiasm from both the public and the press. Built on the innovative Citroën GS platform, which was launched in 1970, the Bertone coupé, styled by Marcello Gandini with the assistance of Marc Deschamps, retains the compact sedan’s layout and dimensions. The car features distinctive front and rear overhangs – the front being much more pronounced to enhance the car’s dynamic look. Lower and wider than the GS, the Camargue boasts a wedge-shaped front typical of Gandini’s style, contrasting with a truncated rear end supporting a broad, panoramic canopy with amber-tinted glass, paired with a chic metallic champagne-colored body. Despite its striking and original design, the Bertone proposal did not reach commercial production due to Citroën’s economic crisis during those years, which led to its merger with Peugeot in 1974.

The format of the Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este includes a double location in Cernobbio, on the shores of Lake Como. On Saturday, May 25, the exclusive Hotel Villa d’Este’s park will host the display of all competing cars, the jury inspection, voting, parade, and the awarding of the Coppa d’Oro and special prizes. Simultaneously, Villa Erba will host the “Amici & Automobili” meeting with an exhibition of historical cars from clubs and enthusiasts.

On Sunday, May 26, the event will continue at Villa Erba with a festival celebrating automotive passion: all cars in the competition will be displayed in the park until the concluding parade, where the Design Award, class prizes, and honorable mentions will be awarded.