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Old 01-18-2009, 07:27 AM
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1955 Ghia Gilda Streamline X Coupé

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Heroism and eroticism blend in a turbine
Streamlined two seater coupé
Turbine engine, originally it mounted an OSCA engine of 1.500 cc
Top speed: 225 km/h
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Old 01-18-2009, 07:34 AM
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1955 Ghia Gilda Streamline X Coupé

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The Gilda Streamline X Coupé returns to Torino for the exhibition DREAM dedicated to dream cars

For Dream, the exhibition dedicated to the allure and seduction of cars, organised by Torino 2008 World Design Capital (opening on 19 September), the car that stunned the public with its spectacular shape in 1955, the most innovative of the fifties, returns to Torino from Chicago. Presented as "a body with highly aerodynamic features", the Gilda is an all-fin model, as technically sensational as it is aesthetically provocative, whose name refers to the character played by Rita Hayworth in the film of the same name. Gilda appears as an emblem of the freewheeling optimism of the time that arrived from across the Atlantic through cinema and literature.
These were the years when Elvis Presley launched rock'n'roll, setting the musical agenda for the years to come, while in Italy, Domenico Modugno won first prize at the national song festival with Nel blu dipinto di blu (perhaps better known as Volare). RAI national television began broadcasting in 1954 and for fashion these were years of great luxury: "the Golden Age" as Dior defined it, the period of grandiose stars like Grace Kelly, Marilyn Monroe and Liz Taylor.
Designed by Giovanni Savonuzzi, the Ghia Gilda astounded the public at car shows with its extraordinary architecture which over time brought it praise and inevitable doubts. It is said that its shape was moulded in the wind tunnel at the Politecnico di Torino but there were many sceptical comments about its declared maximum speed: 225 km/h (140 mph). Some claim that out of caution it never raced at that speed. After the presentation at the Salone di Torino of 1955 and in other European shows, the Gilda left for the USA as a guest at the Henry Ford Museum of Dearborn. It has passed its life on the catwalks as the queen of styling and elegance competitions. Conceived as an exercise in style and with ambitions of high performance, it has a tail that was made to house a turbine engine. Its latest owner - Scott Grundfor - has in fact satisfied this aspiration.
Gilda will not be the only dream car on show: Dream, one of the main events of Torino 2008 World Design Capital, will provide an overview of almost 60 years of creativity spent convincing the automotive world - and consumers - to accept new styles, to demand new levels of performance and safety, and to conceive formats able to adapt the interior to the varied professional and leisure uses requested. Fifty-four cars and hundreds of exhibits (scale models, sketches, outlines and designs) tell the story of the incessant changes in tastes, aesthetic parameters and technical features from the post WW2 period to today.


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Old 01-18-2009, 07:42 AM
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1956 Politecnico di Torino, pure form model

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The simulation of a body that moves close to the ground with minimal air resistance. produced by Alberto Morelli at the Politecnico di Torino, it reached a minimum Cx of 0.055
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Old 01-18-2009, 07:45 AM
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1978 Pininfarina CNR

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The CNR, the Italian National Research Council, developed with Pininfarina a study of the ideal car shape for minimum aerodynamic resistance.]
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Old 01-18-2009, 07:53 AM
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1970 Bertone Stratos Prototipo 0

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The wedge-shaped body sublimes in a stratospheric triangle
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Length: 3,5 m
Engine: 4 cylinder, 1.600 cc

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Old 01-18-2009, 07:56 AM
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Old 01-18-2009, 08:02 AM
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Old 01-18-2009, 08:08 AM
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Old 01-18-2009, 08:13 AM
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That's a great thread - can't wait to see more of these! And that Trossi-Monaco car - I thought it was never performed and just remained a project. Is it that actual car or a modern replica? How could it be that there are just no people on your photos?
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Old 01-18-2009, 08:14 AM
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1963 Bertone Corvair Testudo #1

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The Testudo prototype, developed in 1963 is one of Bertone’s most significant prototypes.A concentration of highly innovative technical and aesthetic solutions. For many designers the Testudo together with the Canguro of the following year were a basis of inspiration for a number of sports models. The choice of the mechanical unit was original. At the time the CORVAIR was the American Porsche. In fact, the engine of the Testudo is a 6-cylinder, air-cooled Boxer fitted at the rear. Curiously and singularly, Nuccio Bertone actually drove the Testudo himself from Turin to Geneva (March 1963). In those days S. Bernardo and Mont Blanc tunnels linking Italy to Switzerland had not yet been built.

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Old 01-18-2009, 08:20 AM
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Old 01-18-2009, 08:23 AM
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That's a great thread - can't wait to see more of these! And that Trossi-Monaco car - I thought it was never performed and just remained a project. Is it that actual car or a modern replica? How could it be that there are just no people on your photos?
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the Monaco-Trossi car is the original afaik (if the cars exhibited were replica it was written).
there aren't many people around because, as stated in the first post, it was one of the last days after 3 months of opening. The back of the medal is that some cars were already missing, check the gallery at swisscarsightings for comparison. I also think some more cars were missing, because there were some images on the wall about some concept from Pininfarina and Ferrari, including the Dino series, which weren't featured when I visited, neither when Matteo "TT" Stucchi (SCS) visited, judging by his picures.

tbh, I think the cars had been rotated, meaning some were remouved and other added (as if I could visit more than one time, more than 4 hours of train...), because in his reportage, in the place the Italdesign Volta was exhibited I found the Vad.ho concept, which isn't featured in his site. At the same time where the Quaranta was present (which I saw leaving Turin on the road) I found a mock-up of the Volta, and so on.
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Old 01-18-2009, 08:37 AM
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1968 Bertone Carabo

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Colours, power and magic of a revolutionary shape
Two seater sports saloon
Chassis: Alfa Romeo Tipo 33.2 Stradale
Engine: Alfa Romeo V8, 2.000 cc
Top speed: 260 km/h

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