During the 'special races' scheduled for Saturday and Sunday, four jewels from the Alfa Romeo brand's crown will flaunt their splendour, beginning with the 750 Competizione, a racing 'barchetta' made in 1955 for potential participation in Sports category races, 1.5-litres class. The car's engine is that of the Giulietta, taken to 1488 cc for a total power of 145 HP, propelling this racing spider to 220 km/h, also thanks to the kerb weight of 670 kg. The bodywork design is by Boano, and in sharp contrast to the style of its Alfa Romeo contemporaries. The car remained at the prototype-laboratory stage: in 1955 at Portello they had to concentrate on consolidating the production of the 'Giulietta'.
Alfa Romeo: Zagato coupé for the 60th anniversary of the Giulietta
Lancia, on the other hand, chooses a race car from its own collection for the race round the Dyck castle: the Formula 1 D50 of 1955. This is one of the eight single-seaters built for the 1954 World Championship - the one competing is Luigi Villoresi's car - before going to the Scuderia Ferrari, which in 1955 won the title with Fangio, thus confirming that the Lancia Racing Team was on the right track. A truly innovative F1 car for the period, the D50 adopts an eight-cylinder 2.5-litre V engine fitted transversely, allowing the propeller shaft to pass next to the seat rather than under it, lowering the car's centre of gravity and improving stability. The rear gearbox is transverse, while the characteristic side tanks improve aerodynamics and permit weight distribution to be maintained from the beginning to the end of the race. What's more, in 1955 this example of the Lancia D50 was driven both by Villoresi in the Valentino Grand Prix (Turin) and by Louis Chiron in the Monaco Grand Prix. Three decades later, Lancia dominates the World Rally Championship with the Tipo 037 Rally, which visitors to Classic Days can admire up close. The group B race car with two-litre engine and compressor won a total of six world championship races, gaining the title of the last car with rear-wheel drive in 1983. Walter Röhrl became runner-up to the world champion that year with the Lancia 037 Rally. The advanced version from the Lancia Collection is the last of the more than 250 examples built in total both for the road and rallies.
Lancia: guest of honour at the event the D50, the Formula 1 car from 1955
Spotlights are on a unique vehicle that opens the Fiat presentation for Classic Days. Created on the base of the Fiat 8V, a small sport saloon built in a limited run from 1952 to 1954, the model in question (dating to 1954) is unique thanks to its fibreglass bodywork, in order to minimise the weight, and is propelled by a V8 2-litre 115 HP which can take it to 200 km/h. Next to this genuine automotive rarity, the Fiat 600 Multipla (1959) created on the base of the Tipo 600 and forerunner of the concept of compact passenger MPV. The strength of this model is the optimal layout of the interior space which, despite the vehicle remaining just 354 centimetres in length, demonstrates how designer Dante Giacosa was motivated more by research into practicality than aesthetics. Showing off the proverbial versatility of the model, the Fiat 600 Multipla on show in Germany features a tow trolley with a Guzzi Cardellino motorbike and a Dingo 49 cc. Completing Fiat's line-up at the German show is the Fiat Dino Spider of 1969, a luxury cabrio equipped with a V6 engine originally built at Ferrari (the same power unit was adopted by the Ferrari 246 GT).
Fiat: exceptional eight-cylinder coupé with fibreglass bodywork
Visitors to Classic Days can admire a rare Abarth 1000 Monomille (1960), so called because it is equipped with a 1,000 cc engine and a single camshaft which provided approximately 60 HP at 6,000 rpm. The top speed was no less than 180 km/h. A coupé with a distinctively sports set-up, its bodywork was similar to that of the Fiat Abarth 1000 Bialbero but deliberately created to be narrower, in aluminium and without bumpers for a total weight of just 560 kg. Its price, decidedly higher than that of a Porsche 365, made the Abarth 1000 Monomille the dream car of the early sixties.
Abarth: a 1960s dream car with aluminium bodywork