It is the 1963 1600 Sperimentale (which has just resurfaced at this year’s Villa d’Este) and Bob’s yer uncle… I mean, the righteous deliverer of the next puzzle car.
That said, I’m not sure this is a Zagato body. In spite of that ‘layered hump’ (my own expression; don’t laugh, please) rear end typical of a few contemporary Ercole Spada designs (a similarity I even pointed out myself in all innocence), as well as the inclusion of the car’s photo on a Zagato site, another source I’ve come across clearly states this was an in-house job. Naturally, I’d appreciate some conclusive evidence as this discrepancy is bugging me a little.
Originally Posted by spin_doctor
Franco Scaglione's "Coda Tronca" applied to what looks much like a Jag E-type Coupe albeit LHD.
Officially, it’s Ercole Spada who is recognized as a post-war pioneer of the (heavily) cropped tail concept (along with the actual ‘coda tronca’ term) in his 1962 Giulietta Sprint Zagato Mark II. That said, the 250 GTO, which borrowed a similar approach, came out at about the same time, and Franco Scaglione had indeed introduced a more restrained take on the idea years before, with the 1957 prototype of the Giulietta Sprint Speciale. The latter’s bluntly chopped-off rear end turned out to be a profoundly influential design element (in Double Mac’s book, at least); I see it in the Panhard CD, the Ferrari 500 Superfast, even in the 1968 Jaguar XJ (and its relatives).
On a somewhat related note, I love it how Peter Brock (who sculpted the Shelby Cobra Daytona) was trying to sell the usual story about ‘coming across those old theories by Wunibald Kamm’, instead of admitting that he was simply aiming at copying the 250 GTO (which the car was designed to beat in the first place).
Originally Posted by webfoot
I think Healey made something like this to race at Lemans, but I couldn't tell you what year. (…) And I never google these things.
You’re probably referring to the 1.3L 1965 Austin-Healey Sprite Sebring (one of those, #49 with Paul Hawkins & John Rhodes at the wheel placed as high as 12 and came 1st in class) or the less fortunate 1966 revision which saw the ‘Sebring’ tag dropped. The 1967 attempt yielded a little success again (#51, driven by Clive Baker & Andrew Hedges, placed 15th overall and 4th in class) with a practically identical result the following year (courtesy of #50 in the hands of Roger Enever & Alec Poole).
(That same year the comparably more formidable and era-relevant Healey SR model was introduced as well but that’s another story.)
Apart from the innovatively placed hood scoop on some of those models, the overall design came across as a rather derivative, simplified 250 GTO / TZ1 wannabe (though you could throw this accusation at a bunch of other contemporaries anyway). Oh yeah, and I know all this because I ALWAYS google these things
(Whereas typing all this stuff up afterwards makes a fraction of that knowledge stick… or so I hope.)