This Bizarre Wanting Alfa Romeo Resurrected the Castagna Vittoria Coachbuilding Title

by Dim Angelov, on LISTEN 05: 54

Many would argue that aesthetics would outlive every thing. All automobiles ultimately turn out to be previous and out of date when it comes to technical specs, besides high-achievers, such because the McLaren F1 or Bugatti Chiron SS. The purpose is, ultimately, aesthetics turn out to be the principle definitive attribute for many automobiles, and that is what folks will bear in mind. Some automobiles, nevertheless, are simply bizarre, just like the Alfa Romeo SZ/RZ we not too long ago coated. then you definitely’ve obtained automobiles just like the Castagna Vittoria, which is known as after the synonymous coachbuilder from Milan, that’s simply as bizarre and much more obscure.

Carrozzeria Castagna might be traced again to 1849 when Carlo Castagna purchased the Ferrari coachbuilding enterprise. The corporate boasts the primary coach vehicle outfitted with a combustion engine – the Benz quadricycle. The coachbuilding firm labored with varied large producers and amongst its highlights are automobiles just like the 1913 Alfa Romeo 40/60 HP Aerodinamica, 1928 Isotta Franscini Castagna Imperial Landaulet, 1933 Lancia Astura S2 Aerodinamica, and the 1939 Alfa Romeo 6C Castagna Berlinetta. In 1954, nevertheless, the corporate ceased operations.

The Rebirth of Carrozzeria Castagna

In 1994, the corporate was purchased by businessman Uberto Petra and Gioacchino Acampora – an Italian automotive designer. His first challenge within the resurrected Carrozzeria Castagna was the 1995 Alfa Romeo Vittoria. It was primarily a re-bodied Alfa Romeo SZ, of which 1,036 have been made (and 284 RZ – convertibles). The Vittoria was unveiled on the 1995 Geneva Motor Present. Uberto Petra financed the challenge, Gioacchino Acampora designed it, and Petro’s daughter named the automotive after herself.

The SZ, and consequently the Vittoria, was primarily based on the Alfa Romeo 75 when it comes to mechanics and the engine. Nevertheless, the three.0-liter Busso V-6 was tuned to 320 horsepower at 7,000 RPM and round 260 pound-feet (352 Nm), versus the 75’s 180-horsepower output and (207 horsepower for SZ/RZ). Nevertheless, the automotive was dynoed at just below 254.8 horsepower at 5,740 RPM. The engine nonetheless retained a single-overhead-cam design. Energy was despatched to the rear by means of a five-speed guide.

In line with a automotive publication from 1995, the Vittoria might attain 60 mph (97 km/h) in simply 5.6 seconds on its approach to a 180 mph (290 km/h) high velocity.

The automotive additionally featured a stronger chassis, sportier suspension, and six-piston Brembo brake calipers with cross-drilled and vented discs. The automotive rode on bespoke 18-inch magnesium wheels.

Exterior

Just like the SZ, the Vittoria’s most distinctive characteristic is the design. The entrance particularly includes a “beak” and the entrance bumper appears to be tucked in underneath the headlights. Your entire decrease fascia is blacked out and it nearly looks as if a part of the entrance between the splitter and headlights is lacking.

On the aspect, you’ll discover how the decrease half options an interpretation of the wedge design, whereas the higher half is way more rounded. The doorways look similar to what we see on the a lot newer Alfa Romeo 8C.

Identical to the entrance, Vittoria’s rear is generally blacked out and options skinny taillights. In trendy days, we see the same design on the Lamborghini Aventador, though with completely different proportions.

Inside

The inside was similar to the Alfa Romeo SZ/RZ. Nevertheless, it was completed in inexperienced leather-based and Alcantara, and had wooden inserts on the dashboard, making it a bit extra upscale.

Alfa Romeo Vittoria was not the primary Castagna-built automotive from the Nineties

Vittoria was really the second challenge of designer Gioacchino Acampora that got here from the resurrected Carrozzeria Castagna. The primary challenge was known as Castagna Auge. It additionally got here in 1995 and was primarily based on the Maserati 3200 GT. A revised model of the automotive was displayed on the 2002 Villa d’Este 2002 Concours d’Class the place it received the “Greatest in Present” award.

What occurred to the Vittoria?

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After its unveiling in 1995, the Alfa Romeo Vittoria was utilized by its designer as a private automotive. Reviews point out that the automotive spent the vast majority of its lifespan in Milan. In 2010, it was totally restored, and attended varied occasions and exhibitions.

The newest updates concerning Vittoria point out that it was heading to the public sale block, the place it’s anticipated to fetch the equal of round $238,000.

As for Carrozzeria Castagna…

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The coachbuilding firm continued bringing out attention-grabbing initiatives, just like the 2003 Castagna Rossellini and 2005 Castagna Aria, primarily based on the Ferrari 550 and 575M respectively. Different initiatives embrace a 2003 Bentley Continental GT Capturing Brake, the 2007 Castagna Aznom, primarily based on a C6 Corvette, and their newest challenge – the 2020 Castagna Palladium – an all-terrain “hyper limousine” primarily based on the Dodge RAM.

Dim Angelov

Dim Angelov

Born in 1992, I come from a household of motoring lovers. My ardour for automobiles was awoken on the age of six, after I noticed a Lamborghini Diablo SV in {a magazine}. After highschool I earned a grasp’s diploma in advertising and a Grasp of Arts in Media and Communications. Over time, I’ve practiced and turn out to be expert in precision driving and up to now have take a look at pushed greater than 250 automobiles throughout the globe. Over time, I’ve picked up primary mechanical data and have even taken half within the restoration of a 1964 Jaguar E-Sort and an Alfa Romeo Giulia Dash. Currently, I’ve taken a flowery to automotive pictures, and whereas trendy automobiles are my major ardour, I even have a love for Asian Martial Arts, swimming, warfare historical past, craft beer, historic weapons, and automotive restoration. In time, I plan my very own traditional automotive restoration and hope to earn my racing certificates, after which I count on to ascertain my very own racing group.  Learn full bio