Vasileios car adventures

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  1. #1 Vasileios Papaidis, Jun 12, 2016
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    Dear SCnet friends, I am happy to share in this threat part of my life in classic car scene, I hope you enjoy it!
    1950 Abarth 250A Vignale Berlinetta
    I hope this car be the title for my next book...
    In this photo Anneliese Abarth with me and amazing Abarth 205A Berlinetta Chassis: #205102 by Vignale in pista di Pegusa (Monte Pellegrino Historic 2015)
    The second Abarth 205 was completed in time for the 1950 Mille Miglia where it was raced by Guido Scagliarini. Averaging just over 100 km/h, he finished 31st overall. It was actively used until well into the 1960s when it was owned by Swiss racer Helmut Fischer. He had the car extensively modified and fitted with an Alfa Romeo Giulietta sourced 1300cc engine. Repainted dark green, it quickly received the nickname 'Fischer Green Star.' After his passing in 2003, the well used Abarth was offered in the 2004 Christie's Retromobile auction. It was acquired by the current owner for $135,626 (including buyer's premium).
    Although chassis 205102 was probably more famous in its final configuration, the new owner decided to restore the car as close to original as possible. In Fischer's ownership the car had received a revised nose, a new interior and a different engine. Rectifying all this took the better part of three years. Most of the work was done by Faralli & Mazzanti. During the 1950 Mille Miglia, the car had been raced with a bare aluminium body but the owner decided the car was probably better off by painting the car silver. The impressive work could be first admired during the 2009 Goodwood Festival of Speed.
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  2. #2 Vasileios Papaidis, Jun 12, 2016
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    1953 Ockelbo-Volvo Sports Racer

    This is a combination from lightweight Ockelbo body (colour Lobelia blue) and a sportive Volvo B-18B engine, gear box and overdrive.

    This car is based on a very early Austin Healey chassis BN1 (body 825) that was built for Aktiebolaget Hans Osterman, Stockholm on December 10, 1953.

    It has later received a lightweight Ockelbo fibreglass body (65kg) from Erik "Ockelbo" Lundgren.

    The similarity with a Ferrari Mondial 500 is no coincidence. In 1956, Erik Lundgren took a mold from the Ferrari Mondial 500 with Scaglietti body (chassis 0580MD) from his friend Ulf Norinder.

    The B-18B VOLVO engine (mounted deep behind the front axle) is a 2.0 Litre (bored out from 1.8 Litre), has twin Weber DCOE45 carburettors, special inlet collector, spaghetti exhaust, escapement libre, big intake and exhaust valves, a sports camshaft, with plenty of torque, a four speed manual gearbox with overdrive and produces 140 bhp / 6.500 rpm.

    This Ocklobo uses Mercedes SL speedometers.

    The boot is spacious and there is a full spare tire in it (at that time required for the sports cars).

    The aluminium fuel tank (45 Litre) is located on the chassis lashed in heavy steel brackets and can be filled through a large Aston fuel cap.

    The windshield is made of two separate Plexiglas panes and the brackets are hand made from aluminum.

    The body has holes in the bottom to let the rainwater run out.

    This two-seater Sports Racer's curb weight is 800 kg.

    The Ockelbo bodies were fitted to different cars like Alfa Romeo, Fraser Nash, Healey and VOLVO and were used in car races in Scandinavia.

    Ockelbo produced some 50 fiberglass bodies as do-it-yourself kits.

    Ockelbo is a small village in Sweden and Erik Lundgren (1919-1967) was one of the inhabitants in the fifties and belonged to the Swedish racing elite. He was a tuner specialist and he was also named the "Trollkarlen från Ockelbo" (the magician from Ockelbo).
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  3. Great bodywork on that Abarth, I believe that's one of the first cars that carried his name (Abarth)? And close to original means removing the 1300 Alfa engine again in favour of the original 1100?
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  5. Amazing feeling when I drive the personal car of Giovanni Michelotti..
    1968 Michelotti TR5 Ginevra Prototype ginevra.jpg
    For Triumph enthusiasts, words cannot properly describe the singular importance of Giovanni Michelotti to the success and survival of the company in the Sixties and Seventies. Constantly hindered by limited development funds and hampered by a confused management situation, Michelotti’s designs enabled Triumph to differentiate itself from its competitors by offering an entirely different sense of style from those displayed by its more traditional looking rivals from BMC.

    From his fertile imagination and pen sprung the Italianate lines of the TR4 and Spitfire not to mention the Stag, Dolomite and 2000 (along with others). That unmistakable styling kept the perpetually underfunded company competitive in the marketplace despite the fact that the underpinnings of the sports car range were little changed from the original TR2 (in the TR series) and the Herald (for the Spitfire and GT6).
    Notwithstanding his essential contributions, he is often overlooked when the great designers are discussed despite his often stunning work for Maserati, Ferrari and BMW. Michelotti was the essentially the Rodney Dangerfield of the great designers and even his friends at Standard-Triumph would fail to treat him with due respect.

    Michelotti was set to debut the Triumph Stag at the 1968 Geneva Motor Show for which he was justifiably proud (in its day, as now, the Stag was a profoundly attractive car) to show off his creation. Weeks before the show, Triumph decided to steal his thunder and display the Stag on their own stand leaving the Italian designer in the lurch with nothing to present. Not one to sulk, he rallied friends, family and employees to design a prototype for what could become the new TR6.

    He obtained a rolling TR5 chassis from the factory and designed the body in 15 days. Christened the Michelotti Triumph TR5 Ginevra it was a striking design that would have made an interesting what-if. Remove the side trim from the flanks and there is an awful lot of early Seventies Ferrari and Maserati there. Of course, we know in hindsight that Karmann would perform the facelift on Michelotti’s earlier design to make the TR6 but this one off would have been a very interesting move to affordable exotic design.

    No. X760 (1967, works prototype on a TR5 base).

    Engine: Prototype Triumph 2-litre straight 6 no. MB73526HE with Lucas injection No. WA524B/WA3129 numbered 2967.
    Power: Around 125 bhp with a top speed of some 200 km/h and fuel consumption of 9.5l/100 kms.
    Gearbox: Standard TR5, 4-speed with Laycock-de-Normanville overdrive.
    Transmission:Rear wheel drive.
    Bodywork:2-seater roadster.
    Weight: Dry weight: 1030 kgs approx: Total weight: 1280 kgs.
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  6. 1950 Cisitalia - Colombo 1100 Sport
    1st Circuito Di Avezzano 2013
    With "Barone La Motta" 1950 Cisitalia - Colombo 1100 Sport

    This car was built in the late '40s at the request of Baron La Motta di Palermo exploiting the mechanics and the engine of a Cisitalia, that the same baron destroyed in an accident in the race.

    The frame was ordained to the company and built by Columbo two: one for the road races, and that' the one fitted on this car, and one for the track events listed if they are untraceable. The body and 'the work of the body build by F.lli Tarantino at Palermo and painted the color used by the Baron on his racing cars in white.

    After participating in various races of the time was sold in '52, the Giro di Sicilia with driving Casales got the record in the 1,100 cc class. stage in the Catania-Palermo.
  7. Damn! Awesome stuff in this thread.
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  8. 1949 Taraschi Urania 750 Sport ura.jpg
    On the wheel of famous Taraschi Urania,the car was driven by Maria Teresa de Filippis in competition years & a few years singed before his death,Maria was one of the best female drivers of all time and the first woman pilot in F1.

    The Meccanica Taraschi is an Italian automobile manufacturer, founder of the brands Urania, Giaur and Taraschi
    active from 1947 to 1961.
    Established in Teramo from Berardo Taraschi, at the end of the Second World War, the Meccanica Taraschi start building small competition cars. From 1947 to 1948, in fact, created a small series of seven cars under the brand name Urania, intended for competition "Sports" in class 750cm ³ and competitions F2 and F3.
    The vehicles were built on mechanical Fiat 500 "Topolino", with BMW boxer engine derived motorcycle, mounted in the front or rear.
    This car original signed by the famous Maria Teresa de Filippis driver of the car at competition years.

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