And that allowed him to indulge his passion for British sportscars, setting up shop in Chicago selling mainly MGs, and eventually commissioning Bertone to build a run of custom-bodied MGs just for him. Spurred on by the success of the Arnolt-MGs with his Chicago customers, Wacky looked for something bigger, better and faster.
He toyed with the idea of an Arnolt-Aston Martin, then an Arnolt-Bentley before finding what he wanted in the Bristol 404, with its well balanced chassis and BMW-developed 2.0-litre inline six-cylinder engine. All Wacky had to do was add the magic Bertone ingredient.
That was provided by Bertone’s new designer, Franco Scaglione, who designed Alfa Romeo’s futuristic BAT cars around the same time. The result was a beautifully proportioned sportscar with a definite nod to BAT-style aerodynamic futurism but also some cues (like the cyclops middle headlight and raised bonnet scoop) from the 404. This United Nations of 1950s sports cars – British chassis, German-designed engine, Italian design – all came together for final assembly in Wacky Arnolt’s facility in Warsaw, Indiana.