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You can really see a lot of the design elements that showed up later in the push-button Panteras by Tom Tjaarda.
Peter should have his own podcast of all his car stories. I could listen to them, and the way he tells them for hours. On an unrelated note, my younger generation and the generations after me are squandering the ability to produce craftsmanship in a product.
Agree – one of the best videos on petrolicious, thanks Peter !
What a joy to watch a film that offers so much! The best so far.
Photos of the 1970 Sinthesis 2000 Berlinetta.
Great photos. You can see the lines better with the headlights down, and they are wonderful lines.
Thanks Robert. I can’t figure why the photographer was so interested in having the popup headlights in the raised position for most of the photo shoot. oh well….
had the chance to meet peter a few times at cnc and when i goto open houses in the neighborhood when he is helping out his wife with real estate. Always very nice… was invited to check out his garage…very cool
Peter and I will be vintage racing his 1960 Alfa Giulietta Spider at Willow Springs International Raceway this coming November 10-11 at the VARA Big Bore Bash. Several decades ago, we won the Class C Production championship when classes A, B, and C were all run on the track at the same time. It was not unusual for us to finish 4th or 5th overall, ahead of most of the big cars in A and B production.
Come on out and watch us! We won’t have the Ferrari Testarossa or the Sinthesis with us but we will be driving our fastest road course car. I was working on the Ferrari and the Alfa today; the Alfa has about 200 HP and will outrun the Ferrari at Willow, thanks largely to race rubber on the Alfa while the Ferrari has vintage bias-ply street rubber on wire wheels.
Thought I read or heard somewhere that Peter had an unfortunate incident with the TR? Worth the drive to Willow to see the Alfa run!
Understood about the race rubber making all the difference over period type bias-ply tires. This November VARA race is coming right up. Thanks for the suggestion. – R.
We blew a head gasket at Willow during Friday practice, put her on the trailer and went home. Unfortunately, we were unable to stay around for the weekend to see our good friend Joe DiLoreto, who was feted on Saturday night for his retirement from racing. Joe had some really great cars that he raced well, we will miss him out there. I’m working on the Alfa engine now. We should be racing the Testa Rossa at the Auto Club Raceway in Fontana next January.
Here’s a video of Joe DiLoreto’s V12 Alfa warming up at Willow in 2012. https:///watch?v=uDogkDVJDGk
This is a tie with my other all time favorite Petro video ‘Building Your Dream Ferrari’. Peter is just flat amazing! The skills, vision, knowledge, patience, perseverance, and style that it takes to pull off not one, but two monumental projects like these just blows my mind. Wish I could be his apprentice!
OMG. Freakin amazing.
Is Peter great or what, and he’s that real and generous of his time in person. Had the pleasure of speaking with him a few years ago at the Best of France and Italy Car Show when he brought that so cool Testa Rossa he built. And kudos the the late great Tom Tjarda for a wonderful classic wedge that defines the period.
Interesting car. The engine I presume is based on a Lancia Flavia flat 4? I wonder what transmission was used?
Fantastic to put in place what many of us have dreamed of doing – building our own car however this is one of the very few of that ilk that i would actually own. I`m jealous.
Yes. Flavia flat four. And he seems to be saying that he bored & stroked it out to 2L. Apparently Lancia did not introduce an overhead cam for that engine until 1976. So this would be been a push-rod engine. With the twin, dual barrel carburetors, a free flow exhaust of some type, and a sporty cam, power around 120 hp seems possible. The car weighed 2,200 pounds. Performance might be not unlike a Porsche 912, but with a lower polar moment, and a little more power.
Since the Flavia gear box sits to the rear of the of engine in the original configuration, and that is what was done here in the mid-engine configuration using that gear box certainly would have made sense. Wheels are Campagnolo. Engine casing, probably gear box, and wheels are all Italian aluminum castings.
It’s a four speed Lancia transmission. This car is extremely low and the engine is literally where the back seat would be. There is practically no body roll.
I find it easy to believe that body roll in a corner is almost nothing in this car. On with much of the engine, transmission, fuel and frame weight right around the height of the axles, it should be easy to place the roll center within a couple of inches of the center of mass.
Giacobbi uses the word, ‘battilastra’ which was new to me. Literally translated it seems to mean ‘panel beater’. So a carrozziere battilastra, is a coach builder who builds one-off car bodies by hammering the shapes out of flat sheet stock. Who speaks Italian here? Is this correct?
Correct. Some of those guys in Italy are so good that they don’t use a body buck, they simply pound on the sheet metal panels while they are on a rubber tire and they still get beautiful shapes out of them.
Thanks you so much 400-euro-job. Once again you have made my morning.
That was a real treat! Thanks so much!
So much to be learned from this brilliant gentleman. Clean,crisp and clear from start to finish. Excellent.
This is so awesome! For one man to follow through on his vision and dream this way is inspiring! Today we live in a world where people don’t even own their cars….they’re leading their Ferrari 488 and McLarens….yet this man’s passion led him to build “his” car. Bravo!
The styling influence of designer Tom Tjaarda is evident. As with so many car stories, the human interest perspective adds to the appeal of the car. How many car designs have started over a bottle of wine and sketches on napkins? Modern designers take note, perhaps a seminar for designers should include a venue where wine and sketches are completed away from the studio. Thanks for sharing the background and individual touches that make the car unique.
very impressive and beautiful, Bravo!
What an extraordinary story. Little or no conspicuous vanity. Just a will to build an extremely agile car with moderate power. And somehow the connections and resources to make a very clean pass through the process. Lancia Fuliva suspension components. Flat four mid-engine. Ghia body. And a frame so rigid that it never sits on more than three out of four jack stands. I so love these interviews with engineer / craftsmen who deeply understand what they are doing. Peter Giacobbi is the epitome of this.
What Peter meant by that is the frame assembly is so rigid that if you remove one of four jack stands, that corner of the car doesn’t drop down.