The Gatto (Italian for ‘Cat’) was built for scooter magnate Vincenze Piatti. Based on a Mini Van floorpan and styled by future BMW head of design Ercole Spada, it was powered by a twincarb Cooper motor. Though initially intended to be a one-off project, response to the car was such that a production run was mooted. Plans called for a new concern, Zagato London, to manufacture the car in the UK and the prototype was displayed at the 1962 Earls Court Motor Show. The Gatto was to have been made in limited numbers (no figure was ever released) for £1200, but there was one rather obvious barrier to success: BMC hadn’t been consulted. When it was, the supply of parts wasn’t forthcoming. The Gatto’s styling, meanwhile was later reinterpreted for the Hillman Imp-based Zagato Zimp. DID YOU KNOW? The sole example made still exists and is currently being restored in Italy.