Automotive Masterpieces' Highlights

The highlights are the gems of Automotive Masterpieces. Cars with a traced past and history, full of vintage photos and rediscovered documentation.
To achieve this result are cars in "Researches & updates ONGOING" mode and which have owners who (in whole or in large part) supported and funded to the research proposed by us.
In any case, all the cars on the site are real "Automotive Masterpieces", so we invite you to browse out of the highlights.

1953 Fiat 8V

  • Coachbuilder: Carrozzerie Speciali Fiat
  • Chassis n°: 106000067
  • Engine n°: 104.000*000115*

Car of the sales brochure. Exposed at the Fiera del Levante, Salon de l'Automobile, Paris and Turin. 1st owner: Umberto Agnelli. It raced the Sestriere Rallye.

Private collection

1953 Maserati Sport 2000

  • Coachbuilder: Carrozzeria Fantuzzi
  • Chassis n°: *2040*
  • Engine n°: *2040*

1st chassis built, published, raced of A6GCS/53. FIA homologation example. From 1st in class at 1953 Mille Miglia it was almost always on the podium up to 1957.

Private collection

1953 Ferrari 166 millemiglia

  • Coachbuilder: Carrozzeria Fantuzzi
  • Chassis n°: 0264/M
  • Engine n°: 0264/M

Third out of a total of 13 MM/53. It raced '53 and '56 Mille Miglia. Ferrari collector Pierre Bardinon commissioned a rebody as a Barchetta Touring by Fantuzzi.

Private collection

1953 Jaguar C-type

  • Coachbuilder: Jaguar
  • Chassis n°: XKC 045
  • Engine n°: G1042-8S

Raced the 1953 Mille Miglia. Owned and raced until 1965 by Mario Tadini, Ivo Badaracco, Silvio Moser, Hans Maag. From 1983 of the Jaguar Daimler Heritage Trust.


1953 Ferrari 166 millemiglia

  • Coachbuilder: Ferrari/Carrozzeria Autodromo
  • Chassis n°: 0272M
  • Engine n°: 0272/M

Twice at the Mille Miglia, one-off body. Bill Mason‘s (father of Pink Floyd's Nick) directed the Shell MM Film in this car. Car for Kirk Douglas in "The Racers".

Private collection

1953 Fiat 8V ZAGATO

  • Coachbuilder: Zagato
  • Chassis n°: 106*000059*
  • Engine n°: 16127556

It's the third pre-production Zagato model. It raced for Scuderia Sant'Ambroeus two Mille Miglia and two Coppa d'Oro delle Dolomiti, among several other races.

Private collection

1954 Mercedes-Benz 180 D

  • Coachbuilder: Mercedes-Benz
  • Chassis n°: 120110-4511348
  • Engine n°: 636930-4511570

1955 Mille Miglia racer: 220th OA, 3rd in the "Diesel Group", 1st of Italian diesel-crews. Owned by Walter Zappolini, Artistic Director of the Balletto di Roma.

Private collection

1954 Ferrari 250 Europa

  • Coachbuilder: Pinin Farina
  • Chassis n°: 0303/EU
  • Engine n°: 0303EU

3rd of 17 examples, shown at the 1954 Brussels Motor Show. Unique body color. 4th Overall at the 1954 Rally di Venezia. Owned by Mike Hawthorn and David Piper.

Private collection

1954 O.S.C.A. 2000 S

  • Coachbuilder: Frua
  • Chassis n°: 2004
  • Engine n°: 2501

2nd of three new 2000S chassis built. Ran the Giro di Sicilia and the Mille Miglia. In the U.S. it ran the Pikes Peak. Restored with a one-off 2.5 liter engine.

Private collection

1954 Panhard Dyna X86 Spider

  • Coachbuilder: Fratelli Rimondi
  • Chassis n°: 481821
  • Engine n°: 161344*1720

Former Mille Miglia car, participated in the last four editions: 1954, 1955, 1956, 1957. One-owner from 1982. Completely restored. A scaled-down sport barchetta.

Private collection

1954 O.S.C.A. Foglietti Valentini MT4-2AD

  • Coachbuilder: Valentini
  • Chassis n°: 1144
  • Engine n°: 1127

One-off 1100 O.S.C.A. MT4, born Morelli, re-designed by specialists Enrico Foglietti and Giorgio Valentini. Constant fighter, often 1st in class from 1954 to 1963.

Edoardo Ernesto Tenconi (IT)

1954 Ferrari 250 Monza

  • Coachbuilder: Pinin Farina
  • Chassis n°: 0466 M
  • Engine n°: 0466M

One of two Pinin Farina bodied on a total of 4. 1st owner Franco Cornacchia. 1956 Mille Miglia: 6th CL. On podium in Brazilian and Argentinian races up to 1958.

Private collection

1954 O.S.C.A. MT4-2AD 1350

  • Coachbuilder: Fratelli Morelli
  • Chassis n°: 1146
  • Engine n°: 1505

The car raced the 1955 Mille Miglia, ranking 14th overall and 2nd in class. From 1954 had a long and successful career, mostly in France, driven by Luc Descollanges and later by Paul Pignard, father of the famous Michel (Pinuche), until the end of ‘50s.

Private collection

1955 Mercedes-Benz 300 SL

  • Coachbuilder: Mercedes-Benz
  • Chassis n°: 198.043.5500441
  • Engine n°: 198.980.5500368.

17th of 29 Alloy Gullwing. It raced the 1957 Mille Miglia; racing career in France from 1955 to 1958. In recent years intense participation in the re-enactments.

Private collection

1955 Mercedes-Benz 300 SLR

  • Coachbuilder: Mercedes-Benz
  • Chassis n°: 196.110-00004/55
  • Engine n°: M196/60

Winner of the 1955 Mille Miglia with Stirling Moss, holding the undefeated speed record for the race. It had a busy racing season. Always owned by Mercedes-Benz.


1955 Alfa Romeo Giulietta Sprint

  • Coachbuilder: Bertone
  • Chassis n°: AR1493*00094*
  • Engine n°: AR131500186

This car is a pre-series and one of the oldest Giulietta Sprint around. It ran the 1955 Mille Miglia, ranking 130th overall and 13th in class. Barn find in 2016.

Private collection

1955 Fiat 8V ZAGATO

  • Coachbuilder: Zagato
  • Chassis n°: 106*000083*
  • Engine n°: 104.000168

One of the only six 8V by Zagato bodied with peculiar double-bubble roof. It ran several main races, including Coppa Intereuropa, Mille Miglia and Targa Florio.

Private collection

1955 Alfa Romeo Giulietta Spider

  • Coachbuilder: Pinin Farina
  • Chassis n°: 149500007
  • Engine n°: AR131540009

This chassis (no. 07) is one of three convertible prototypes built by Pinin Farina and final development of the model. It debuted at the Paris Salon in 1955.

Corrado Lopresto (IT)

1955 Alfa Romeo 1900 C Super Sprint

  • Coachbuilder: Zagato
  • Chassis n°: AR1900C*01931
  • Engine n°: AR130800942

This SSZ raced in 1955 the Mille Miglia, finishing 2nd in class, and the Coppa Inter-Europa, ranking 11th overall. Over 50 years in the hands of the same owner.

Private collection

1955 Ferrari 250 europa GT

  • Coachbuilder: Pinin Farina
  • Chassis n°: 0399GT
  • Engine n°: 0399GT

One of just 28. Each example built with specific features. Sold new to Sydney E. Chaplin, Charlie Chaplin's son. First restoration in 1961 by Domenico Spadaro.

Private collection