They have made a few, of Cizeta V16T. Just over a dozen. But the car born under several Hollywood stars it was much more original and interesting than her productive adventure can reveal. The first Cizeta, a pearly white prototype later presented at the Century Plaza hotel in Beverly Hills in December 1988, was designed by Marcello Gandini, while the money was of Claudio Zampolli (hence the brand name, taking the initials).
First star earned on the field: the Cizeta was the real prototype of the Lamborghini Diablo. The solutions presented on the Modena car were transferred to the relaunch car of the Sant’Agata Bolognese company. The Cizeta V16T is fitted with a 5,995 cm³ aspirated 90 ° V-shaped 16-cylinder engine, with 4 valves per cylinder, placed transversely. The power is 540 horsepower; the torque is 542 Nm: consequently, the declared maximum speed was set at 328 km / h, with a time of 4 seconds from zero to one hundred per hour. Too bad it weighed 1,700 kilos and had a common sedan interior. In the photogallery there is all its charm, starting from the prototype to the final version, also passing from the specimen that belonged to the Sultan of Brunei.
Second star: the presence of Giorgio Moroder, Oscar-winning composer famous for his musical contribution between the seventies and eighties. Very famous all over the world, Moroder joined the Cizeta project, also designing the logo. However, once he realized that the money would be lost and not earned from the project, he quit. Zampolli was also momentarily forced to throw in the towel, whose bankruptcy was a reflection of the development cost for the car and the very tight budget. From 1991 to 1995, the year of closure, Cizeta was unable to reach the production of 25 cars, the minimum target. Today Zampolli still owns the brand.
Cizeta V16T is the transposition in the automotive sector of the Italian dream of the eighties: many projects, a lot of money to invest, little long-term rationality. After all, even in F1, at that time the Italian drivers and teams arrived en masse and one by one vanished, engulfed by increasingly expensive budgets.
(images courtesy of: Wikimedia Commons, Wheelsage, Bonhams, RM Sotheby’s, Cizeta)