Alright, it’s been a while since I’ve done a challenge like this, and I need a bit of a break.
1967 Scagliati 330 Turismo
The Scagliati 330 was a two-seat luxury grand-touring coupe and convertible built by Scagliati Motori SpA of Mirano, Italy, from 1962 until 1969. 330 production was split between two basic models; the GT series (coupe) and the Turismo (convertible, both hard and soft top). Powered by the company’s famed Mirano V12 engine, appearing for the first time in the 330, the Mirano appeared in both Uno and Due versions; the single-cam Uno engines being produced from 1962 until 1966, and the twin-cam Due from 1967 not only until the end of 330 production, but also until Mirano engine production ceased in 1996. In the 330 Turismo, the 3956cc engine produces 386 horsepower at 7100 RPM, good for a 0-100 km/h sprint in 5.3 seconds and a top speed of 267 kilometres per hour, making the 330 one of the fastest cars in the world at the time.
In total, 571 330s were produced in all body styles; the overwhelming majority of these being 330GT, 330GTC and 330GTO coupes and racing cars. The Turismo, which cost $16900 when new (an outrageous price in 1967), accounted for only 48 of the total production run between 1967 and 1969, and is widely considered to be one of the rarest and most desirable Scagliatis ever made, with a 330 Turismo selling at auction for $3.5 million US in late 1994. This particular 330, serial number 471, was recently restored by the Scagliati Museum in Mirano, having been in the collection since it was donated by Amadeo Scagliati himself in 1976.
For this challenge, the 330 Turismo is essentially unchanged from its original production spec, with only modern seatbelts, brake pads and tires making up the chassis modifications, and some minor work on the engine to run on unleaded gasoline and to boost reliability.
Driver’s Name: Christoforo Giuseppe Francesco Amadeo Scagliati di Mirano
Christoforo is part of the famed Scagliati family, his grandfather Amadeo founding Scagliati Motori in 1948. While the Scagliatis no longer have a role in the day-to-day operation of the company, having sold a majority share to the CMW Group in 1988, they still maintain a large ownership stake in the company regardless, and hold positions on the supervisory board as well. Christoforo studied engineering at the famed Politecnico di Milano, and also recently completed a master’s degree in business at Columbia University in New York. He is also responsible for curating the Scagliati Museum, showcasing the family’s extensive collection of historic automobiles.
Co-driver/mechanic’s name: Pasquale Zoccarato
Pasquale is the head mechanic at the Scagliati Museum, and is an accomplished amateur rally driver in his own right. His family has had a long association with Scagliati, with four generations of Zoccaratos working in the factories and in the engineering offices alike. Participating in the GAR was in fact Zoccarato’s idea; pouring through the records of 330 n.471 during its restoration, Pasquale found that old man Amadeo, ever the showman, had participated in several such events before with this car. It is only fitting then that the GAR would be a suitable christening for the restored classic.