Concorso d'Eleganza 2016 - High Performance In Compact Form
|   Monday, June 06, 2016
In the 1950s and 1960s living standards of people began to increase significantly and the aftermath of war is already mostly dealt with. And with this buyers began to choose not only compatible cars to everyday life, but also additional cars for the weekend or for sporting escapades. More compact and agile, this type of car offers enhanced driving pleasure thanks to a smaller size, and the greater freedom gained by sacrificing practicality for the sake of performance, aerodynamics, design and unique character.


Some of the jewels of that period were exhibited at the Concorso d'Eleganza Villa d'Este.

Siata 208 S 1954: This beauty was appreciated by weekend cars hunters on both sides of the Atlantic. But cars bought by the Americans almost all passed through a pre-established process: the original Fiat engine with a displacement of 2.0 liters was extracted and was replaced with a Chevrolet unit, a huge V8 engine.

Only later, when the model had gained a reputation as a collection model, owners began removing the V8 engines and replaced them with the original Fiat. Despite the history and popularity between 1953 and 1955 only 35 copies were produced.

Fiat 8V Supersonic, 1954: Just six months after the first airplane flight at supersonic speed, the auto industry had seen the launch of the Fageol Supersonic concept, which was a future dream car able to exceed the speed of sound.

Only in 1953 people from Carozzeria Ghia decided to implement the conceptual design, on a few copies of the Fiat 8V series models, baptized 8V Supersonic. Just 14 such units were built, of which 2 were bought by the creator of the original design, Fageol Louis, and one of them being the car exhibited at the event. Under the hood, as the name suggests, we have a V8 engine, but with a displacement of only 2.0 liters.

Maserati A6 GCS, 1955: In fact, the car's design was sketched by Aldo Brovarone and was originally created for the Italian brand Cisitalia. In the meantime, Brovarone company's went bankrupt and he came to commit to Pininfarina, proposing them this design. And because in those years Pininfarina drew for Maserati, the Maserati A6 GCS was just was born. Under the hood is a 6-cylinder in-line with 190 hp, and is Formula 2 compatible.

AC Aceca, Bristol 1956: AC Aceca has been the coupe version of the AC Ace model, launched in 1953, and is considered an intermediate development until the appearance of the famous AC Cobra in 1962.

The additive "Bristol" in the name comes from the city from which came the engine with 6 cylinders and a displacement of 2.0 liters that was provided for this model. In fact, this engine is a version with minimal changes of the fantastic BMW 328 from 1936.

Fiat 850 Moretti Sportiva SS 1968: The 1950s marked the massive transition of carmakers from separate chassis frames, on which they fixed the body, to integrated structures which left suddenly without work a lot of companies that produced those bodyworks.

However, those from Moretti have dared to produce a limited number of copies with the reinterpreted bodywork based on the Fiat 850 with the rear engine. The designer of this machine is a Swiss man named Dany Brawand, and under the hood hides a 4-cylinder engine with a displacement of 1 liter.
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