Automotive Masterpieces' Case Histories

Our approach: how research work can add value or discover things Result of a true "science of research", we show you a selection of discoveries made by Automotive Masterpieces that have brought out unknown facts.

March 21, 2023


STARTING POINTThe competitive activity of this small ex-works sports car in the Mille Miglia was well known and documented, under the aegis of the manufacturer, led by the pilot-owner Gerard Parmentier.RESEARCHThe research identified new images of the racing experience in Italy at the Freccia Rossa, with the discovery of new exciting images in the archives. Always "digging" in the unexplored [...]

February 7, 2022


STARTING POINTThe case of the 1935 Fiat 508 S Balilla Sport, chassis no. 508S083476, is that of a car with a known history.RESEARCHIn addition to the photographic research of all the already known competitions, the participation in the 1937 Susa Moncenisio competition was discovered, through the identification of an image with a visible plate.

February 1, 2022


STARTING POINTThe case of the 1955 Mercedes-Benz 300 SL, chassis no. 198.043.5500486, is that of an important car with a tracked sporting past.RESEARCHOur research took place thanks to digital supports, such as the innovative AI systems and the well-known OCR programs, which have reached, in the latest evolutions, an exceptional degree of reliability and speed. These devices, applied to archive [...]

December 10, 2021


STARTING POINTThe 1938 Lancia Astura Mille Miglia Sport (Carrozzeria Colli), chassis no. 413207, is a car with a history of many races and changes of ownership.RESEARCHAlso in this case, with careful documentary research, the races were validated, with proof of participation, in order to arrive at a certified history. This also involved careful photographic research in the archives, using all the [...]

September 29, 2021


STARTING POINTThe sporting history of the 1954 Maserati Sport 2000 (Carrozzeria Fantuzzi), chassis no. *2064*, was known.RESEARCHParticipation in the Mille Miglia (1956 edition) was not known for this specimen and we were able to ascertain and validate it, thanks to our research. We do not hide a particular pride in noting that, thanks to this discovery, the bibliography has adapted in the [...]

September 10, 2021


STARTING POINTAccompanying the 1950 Ferrari 166 millemiglia (Carrozzeria Touring), chassis no. 0048/M, there was a fairly complete list of races, but few accompanying images.RESEARCHThe research, carried out in several phases and in parallel on various cars, led to various doubts, which were later resolved, on some races to be awarded and to the identification of many images, also taken from [...]

January 22, 2021


STARTING POINTThe 1933 Alfa Romeo 6C 1500 Gran Sport (Zagato), chassis no. 6C10814406, presented itself as a car with a history of many races and changes of ownership, but with no documentary evidence.RESEARCHThe research, in this case, started with an unproductive stalemate. However, it was an opportunity to experience the network of discussion and what we call "knowledge sharing" in our [...]

January 18, 2021


STARTING POINTFor 1931 Alfa Romeo 6C 1750 GT Mille Miglia, chassis no. 6C 10914569, the search started from incorrect information: the car's participation in the 1931 Mille Miglia.RESEARCHThe research, through documents and images, has shown that the car actually took part in the Mille Miglia, but the correct participation is to be postponed to 1933. We have produced photographic relevance of [...]

January 14, 2021


STARTING POINTIt was believed that the 1948 Fiat 1100 S Stanguellini (Carrozzeria Motto), chassis no. 1100S*500053*, had already participated in its first Mille Miglia with the current Motto bodywork.RESEARCHCareful research and the discovery in the archives of images of the time made it possible to ascertain that the car took part in its first Mille Miglia, in 1951, with the original "gobbone" [...]

January 11, 2021


STARTING POINTThe 1933 Aston Martin Le Mans 2 seater (Enrico Bertelli), chassis no. K3/321/S, had no historic pictures of its racing activity in early years.RESEARCHOur reserch, again thanks to archives, contacts and the acquisition of material and press of the time, has led to the validation of an important sporting season, after having been able to consult the specialized magazines of the time, [...]

January 4, 2021


STARTING POINTThe 1948 Cisitalia 202 Gran Sport (Carrozzeria Alfredo Vignale & C.), chassis no. 110SC was a car with little known history, attributed to Pinin Farina.RESEARCHThe research carried out by and with the current owner's team, which provided not only a philological restoration, but also the historical aspect of the car, led to a detailed knowledge of the history of the owners; from [...]

September 9, 2020


STARTING POINTOf this 1948 Fiat 1100 S (Carrozzerie Speciali Fiat), chassis no. 1100S*500135*, a possible sporting past was not known.RESEARCHStarting from scratch, the photographic and documentary research was particularly fruitful, as it led to the attribution of two participations in the Mille Miglia (1951 and 1952) and to one Lecco-Colle di Basilio, producing a conspicuous increase in the [...]