Mini Gatto

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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.

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