Alfa Romeo GTV Conrero Challenge
Around 5 built plus bodykits.
Special bodykit designed by Carlo Gaino at Synthesis Design.
Uprated 3.0 V6 24v engine to 280PS.
Special colour 001 Giallo Conrero. Custom interior.
Based on: MY’97 3.0 V6 24V GTV
“Lancia Beta Montecarlo
The first drawings date from the beginning of 1969 and the theme of this project was to produce a sports car, with economic engine and front wheel drive Fiat 128 derived platform (first drawing).
The first sketches a little ‘exasperated and whimsical show a research aimed at young people from which the name inside “Youth Sports” later became X 1/20 Fiat always.
During the execution of these studies there was suddenly the order to change the arrangement of the engine which became transverse rear.
Of course, given the overall dimensions of the car and went with it the passage contained two bucket seats.
In the drawings in color and scale model 1-10 is already glimpsed the character of Max, the car became more tense, the side fins were very highlighted and the set was not overdone as well as a sporty also conveyed a certain elegance.
The biggest surprise was a Monday morning when I found myself embedded in the nose of the model a Lancia grille deliberately deformed, asking for explanations in Martinengo told me that on Saturday before the staff Fiat and Pininfarina in a hasty meeting decided this change.
She was born the Lancia Beta Montecarlo fully designed and manufactured in series by Pininfarina Spa
After all, even in this way decisions can be proved as successful in the near future.”
This case will bring better understanding and update Your views of origins of Maserati Mistral and of it’s designers and bodymakers.
First of all the most basic information is that the Mistral Coupé was designed by Pietro Frua and was bodied at Martelleria Maggiora in Turin from 1963. Mr. Frua had sold his own workshop in 1957 to Ghia. It is to some extent incorrect to state that coachwork is by Frua when it is by Maggiora. Just like when Boano designed the Aurelia B20 GT but it was coachbuilt by Pinin Farina.
Now we move to Mistral Spyder. An interesting piece of informtion was stated and maintained by Maserati Classiche:
“Last but not least, regarding the Maserati Mistral Spyder we inform you that there is no mistake in the text. The coupé Mistral (2 posti) was indeed designed by Mr. Pietro Frau. The Mistral Spyder however, was not. In order to create a Spyder model out of the original Mistral model, the whole vehicle was reworked and redesigned (of course the inspiration is from the original Mistral) but the work was carried out by Mr. Giovanni Michelotti.” (Interview with Maserati Heritage)
And still the Spyder, same as with Coupé, was bodied at Maggiora, but under a different designer, Mr. Michelotti. So now it is completely incorrect to state ‘coachbuilt by Frua’ as both times the title lies with Maggiora of Turin.