LATIN RAR­I­TIES STAR IN PADOVA

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Over the past 17 years, Padova’s stylish Auto e Moto d’epoca fix­ture has estab­lished it­self as Italy’s pre­mier his­toric ve­hi­cle show.

The 26-29 Oc­to­ber run­ning fea­tured in­creased man­u­fac­turer in­volve­ment, the re­sult be­ing that club dis­plays were down on previous events. Nev­er­the­less, what they lacked in num­bers they more than made up for in qual­ity. Small-se­ries of­fer­ings and one-offs abounded, a high­light for many be­ing the Dal Bueno sin­gle-seater dis­played along­side an ex-teodoro Zec­coli Alfa Romeo Tipo 33 3-litre on the Of­ficine Fer­rarese Club stand. This bizarre mono­posto was built in 1938 and boasted sus­pen­sion that could be ad­justed via cock­pit-sited, knee-op­er­ated stir­rups!

If any­thing, Ger­man makes had even big­ger stands, with the Audi Sport Club dis­play­ing a quat­tro Sport along­side a mon­strous S4 GTO. This ex-hans Stuck beast was based on a 200 Trans-am racer, but equipped with C4 S4-style body for use in the South African West­bank Mod­i­fied Cham­pi­onship.

Among the most un­usual cars was the de­light­ful Fiat 600D-based, glass­fi­bre-bod­ied Stel­lina on the Registro Au­to­bianchi stand.

Other high­lights in­cluded a tiny cy­cle-winged Si­ata with Club Amici Della Topolino. This unique de­vice was a reg­u­lar hill­climb and road-race class win­ner in 1947-’48, lat­terly with Gian­nini power.

Show reg­u­lar the Za­gato Car Club also mus­tered sev­eral scarce coachbuilt ex­otics, while Club Lan­cia Ap­pia Italia show­cased an un­re­stored Za­gato-bod­ied coupé and a charm­ing ‘barn­find’ Ber­lina.

Clock­wise, from main: unique Si­ata with Club Amici Della Topolino; wacky Dal Bueno; wild ex-stuck S4 GTO; Ap­pia, with hens and an egg­bas­ket

Bianchina Club toasted its 60th birth­day

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