Concorso d'Eleganza 2016 - The Supercars Of Ages Past
|   Tuesday, June 07, 2016
The supercar concept is not a new one - in fact it's been in the automotive world for the last decades. The ambition of high speeds and low times of achieving these speeds was born very shortly after the invention of the internal combustion engine and completion of the first series cars.

This year at the Concorso d'Eleganza Villa d'Este, 5 supercars produced before 1945 have been presented. These supercars of their time were true pioneers in design and technology, giving drivers unique experiences.
That happened because in those times the speed of 200 km / h was considered a magical barrier that can be beaten only the most perfect creations on four wheels. And these cars are among of those ones.
Aston Martin International 1932 is the only Aston Martin model which received the bodywork over a chassis designed for LeMans racing in a time when the chassis and bodywork were two separate components of a car.

This car belonged to the brother of Aston Martin chief designer who create bodyworks for the Aston chassis. After buying the chassis, Enrico Bertelli created the bodywork with a roof to protect children from the English rains, as they were being taken to school. Thus, this unique car was born. In 1945 the vehicle received a new 3.0-liter engine and some Lancia parts for the chassis, and in 1988 another engine, this time from Rover. The car restoration started in 2015 to bring back the glory of another time.

The Austro Daimler ADR 6 Bergmeister 1932 was created on the principle of choosing the best components of that time. Although outwardly it seems an usually luxurious automobile for those times, under the bonnet lies a true racing supercar which has an engine with a displacement of 3.6 liters, 6 cylinder in-line and with a compression unusually high for those times of 7.3: 1. That made it possible to develop a power of 120 hp at 4,500 rpm, which could push the car up to a speed of 160 km / h.

For the Lancia Astura Series II 1933, Castanga created a highly aerodynamic bodywork version with a visionary design for that period. With the changing of bodywork, the wheelbase was shortened to just 2.88 m and the engine with a displacement of 2.6 liters was replaced by a V8 engine with a displacement of 3.0 liters and 82 hp, which is found today on the car. In 1935, the car crossed the starting line at the 24 hours race from Pescara, and five weeks later it was shown to aristocracy of those times at the same Concorso d'Eleganza!

Bugatti 56 SC Atalante 1937 is one of the most famous supercars of the time and one of the most famous Bugatti models. The SC letters in the model name indicates the existence of a supercharger to the engine, a mechanical compressor in other words, which just pushed power at 200 hp. That happened in 1937. It is therefore no wonder that this supercar could run up to a speed of 210 km / h!

Regarding the Alfa Romeo 6C 2500 Sport from 1944, only three Alfa Romeo 6C 2500 chassis were created during 1944, two of which subsequently received coupe versions, and a third - convertible. Moreover, the 3 cars have been produced only because they were ordered by people in the neutral countries during the war. In this case, the car's owner was from Sweden.
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