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.

June 10, 2020


STARTING POINTThe 1928 Alfa Romeo 6C 1500 Mille Miglia Speciale (Zagato), chassis no. 0231325 was known as a car with many races and changes of ownership.RESEARCHThe work, long and difficult, was a careful validation of the races, with evidence of participation, in order to arrive at a proven history. The lists of events and owners have been sorted and compared with photos, documents and [...]

April 27, 2020


STARTING POINTThis car was credited with participating in the Mille Miglia and was considered one of the Fiat 1400 Berlinetta Abarth in the "sport" version.RESEARCHUnfortunately, the research led to a disavowal, as it turned out that this chassis had not participated in the Mille Miglia. During the same research, another result was obtained: a clarification of the model, after having carefully [...]

December 29, 2019


STARTING POINTThe 1952 Biondetti Jaguar Special (Lotti), chassis no. 001, is a well-known and discussed car, with many known races and changes of ownership.RESEARCHIn this case the research was very delicate, given the object of study: many have attempted to establish a genealogy and a chronological thread of the history of this one-off. Our documentary and photographic research proceeded, as [...]

December 21, 2019


STARTING POINTOf the 1934 Fiat 508 S Balilla Sport, chassis no. 508S043481, the participation in the 1935 Mille Miglia was known from documents, but no images were available.RESEARCHThrough a video search, a film of the time was identified and, through the still images, three views of the car were identified; of these, one in which the license plate is visible. Thus, it was also possible to [...]

October 20, 2019


STARTING POINTThe 1955 Mercedes-Benz 300 SLR, chassis no. 196.110-00004/55, is a very important car, kept by Mercedes-Benz itself, with a known and documented history.RESEARCHThis would seem to be the case where the search is meaningless, the story being already known and validated. But you never can tell! Our work, implemented by new technologies, has led to the discovery of over 100 previously [...]

October 16, 2019


STARTING POINTIn the case of this 1928 Chrysler 72, chassis no. CP982D, the known documents proved participation in the Mille Miglia, but there were no photographic images.RESEARCHThere are cases where even a single photo becomes important as in the present case of the photo taken of this car, before the start of the Mille Miglia.

September 1, 2019


STARTING POINTThe 1948 Cisitalia 202 Cabriolet Gran Sport (Stabilimenti Farina), chassis no. 089SC was a car with a very well known history, owned by a Cisitalia expert and historian, already published in books and exhibited in the Bonfanti-VIMAR museum.RESEARCHAlso in this case, of a car with a known and traced past, there was room for some discoveries. Research in documentary and photographic [...]

June 12, 2019


STARTING POINTThe 1953 Ferrari 166 millemiglia (Ferrari/Carrozzeria Autodromo), chassis no. 0272M, is a well-known car, with many known races and changes of ownership.RESEARCHThe car was brokered by us and therefore we have taken care of the car in all its aspects. Once again, the aim of the research was to shed light on the history of the car, reaching with a careful analysis of the sources a [...]

May 10, 2019


STARTING POINTThe story of the 1946 Fiat 1100 Sport Ermini (Bertone/Ortolani), chassis no. 1100*279904*, is that of a car with many runs and changes of ownership, to be checked.RESEARCHThe documentary and photographic research has produced a careful validation of the races, with evidence of participation, in order to arrive at a certified history. History, which was supplemented and developed [...]

July 26, 2018


STARTING POINTThe case of the 1947 Cisitalia 202 Spyder Mille Miglia (Carrozzeria Garella), Chassis no. 002S, is that of a car with a known sporting history which included the Mille Miglia and other races.RESEARCHEven in cases like this, where you think you already know everything, a thorough search can bring surprises and unexpected events can be found; in this case, identification of the car as [...]

July 13, 2018


STARTING POINTThe 1938 Alfa Romeo 6C 2300 B Mille Miglia Spyder (Carrozzeria Touring), chassis no. 815001, is a car with an important history that has included many races and changes of ownership.RESEARCHOur work, in this case, was the meticulous one, typical of a Research Center, such as we are, in order to arrive at a careful validation of the races, with proof of participation, in order to [...]

July 12, 2018


STARTING POINTThe 1953 Lancia Aurelia B22 Berlina, chassis no. B22-1263, is a sedan with a well-known sporting past. It was believed that it had tackled the 1953 Rally del Sestrière with the no.130.RESEARCHEvidently, there was some truth in the history of the car, but also some confusion: the no. 130 was another Aurelia! Our research has confirmed the participation in the 1953 Rally del [...]