LATIN RARITIES STAR IN PADOVA
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
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