How much history do you want? This chassis was driven to second place by in the 1953 Mille Miglia by Juan Manuel Fangio. Left to gather dust in a corner of the factory, it was eventually used as the basis of a series of Pininfarina concept cars.
Each was called ‘Superflow’; the car remains in its final ‘Superflow IV’ configuration, with a glass-bubble roof with a sliding centre section. Owner Steven Tillack told us that during its bare-metal restoration the traces of each different body style were revealed.
The third version, in an open ‘Spider Super Sport’ style presaged the look of the production Spider Duetto in 1966, but most agree that this final version, first shown at the Geneva Salon in 1966 was the best-looking. This was another car that instantly stood out even among the other extraordinary cars at Villa d’Este. It didn’t win its class, but only because that class – for concept cars – was one of the toughest, and included the Abarth concept which the designers on the judging panel picked for its greater significance in heralding an entirely new design direction for sports cars through the 1970s.
Photography: Richard Pardon