This car was the original brainchild of Renzo Rivolta who owned a large Italian manufacturing company. This beautiful car is the marriage of Italian body, chassis and interior with a high-powered American V8 engine and four-speed transmission. The chassis was designed by the famous Giorgio Bizzarrini and Bertone designed the body. Chevrolet provided the Corvette 327 cubic-inch V8 and transmission. The end result was this magnificent, beautiful grand touring car.
This car has an incredible lightweight pan style chassis which provides very rigid body structure and combined with the lightweight Bertone body the complete weight of the car is less than 2800 pounds! This car is equipped with independent twin front wishbone suspension and DeDion type rear suspension. The Corvette engine provided outstanding performance with 0-60 in 6.5 seconds and top speed of 145 mph.
Less than 800 of these cars were produced and the cost was over $10,000 which at the time made it one of the most expensive Italian sports cars. It is still considered one of the most beautiful sports cars ever produced.By Daniel Vaughan | Jul 2007