...one of these moments that makes you wish you had another $250k and a year of free time to spend somewhere...Looks pretty darn complete, and enough paint missing to suspect that there isn't a very bad story on crash damage...Lee
What a sweetheart of a car!!! Beauty in it's simplicity......although those "squirrel skinner" seat bolts on the floor pan leave something to be desired!!!
I’ll bet if you buy it at full price, they may throw in the Batmo-Pantera for free!
Btw, what is the engine variation for Vallelunga (that most cars have carb on the drivers side, and this one has carb on the passenger side)?
Check every inch of the frame tubing - they are notorious for cracking, just like the formula cars they were based upon. Gas welding is OK- it's just mild steel. I was at the Misano track in Italy when the Swedish Pantera Klub rented the place and one owner with his Vallelunga was also there. The little car had NO problem keeping up with street Panteras on the track and the Swiss owner was around 6 ft tall.
If you get lucky and find one, a Lotus 1600 twin-cam aluminum head with Webers will bolt onto the block for around 200 bhp. In a 1400 lb car (with driver) that should be sufficiently exciting. Tom Matano, designer of the Mazda Miata owns/owned a Valle' and said it was his inspiration for the Miata concept.
WHAAAAATTTT??????? I thought his inspiration for the Miata was the Mangusta!!!!! "No sharp edges or curves....all graceful!" .....said the announcer when my Goose was going across the block at Concourse Italiano in Monterey DECADES ago.....!
...designer speak with clutch forked tongue......!
Nope, it was the Vallelunga. He was a guest speaker at one of the Monterey Historics many moons ago, living at the time in the Greater L.A area. Dave Adler invited him to speak at an evening Pantera event. Quite interesting.
Gee......I musta had a sen'or moment back then when I was onstage, with the announcer and this designer, looking at my car....... oh wait! Musta heard "Mangusalunga" was the influence on his design....... or it was a different design engineer for the Miata...... or perhaps Matano had too much sun that day and got his uber swoopy rare Italian cars mixed up......in a SR moment.....
funny, I thought the inspiration for the Miata was the lotus Elan... ! but I guess the same strategy---keeping it light keeps it fast...Lee
As they say, don't let the truth get in the way of a good story.... the Miata was modeled on the British Sports car concept of light and nimble and the Japanese acquired a Lotus Elan as a model....
And many say the Vallelunga chassis, in expanded form, was what went under the stillborn 5000 sports racer which eventually became the Mangusta. So, maybe a family thing?
Hello, Lee aboutyour question of the carbs. In Italy is a engine for sale, who`s head is different to engine of the BHCC Vallelunga.