Again within the late Eighties Lamborghini was creating the successor to their Countach, which was undoubtedly essentially the most futuristic automotive on the street within the late Seventies when the LP400 was bought in 1974. Developed into the large fender, huge rear wing, and large 345mm large rear tires Countach S in 1978, shifting onto a 5-Liter V12 in 1982, and at last getting 4 valves per cylinder because the Quattrovalvole in 1985 … it was time for a substitute flagship.
Work bought underway to have a model new V12 mannequin to have a good time 25 years of Automobili Lamborghini SpA in 1988 … however they ran out of time in Sant’Agata, they usually shortly did a redesign on the Countach that created the 25th Anniversary version, supposed as a restricted manufacturing mannequin to bridge the hole till the brand new mannequin can be constructed … it turned out this remaining mannequin would keep in manufacturing for two years and reached 657 items, making her essentially the most profitable Countach ever.
Bear in mind Marcello Gandini? He designed the Lamborghini Miura at Bertone, however he additionally designed the Countach … so he was the proper candidate to design the successor to the Countach too, and he did. However on April 23rd 1987 Chrysler purchased Automobili Lamborghini SpA, they usually deemed the Gandini design for P132, the inner growth quantity for what would turn out to be the Diablo in 1990, wasn’t what they wished. So the intermediate Countach 25th Anniversary was created, and designers in the US, working for Chrysler, reworked Gandini’s proposal into what we now know of the Lamborghini Diablo from the Nineties.
In comes Claudio Zampolli, a former Lamborghini take a look at driver and engineer, who moved to Los Angeles and setup a supercar store, doing upkeep and upgrades on vehicles from the wealthy and well-known. However he wished extra, he was dreaming about having his personal automotive to compete with the likes from Ferrari and Lamborghini, he teamed up with Giorgio Moroder, a rich music producer, they usually created Cizeta-Moroder V16T.
The world hadn’t seen many V16 vehicles, and that’s precisely why Claudio Zampolli wished his supercar to return with this unique engine, he really used two V-Eight engines to get a 6-Liter engine coupled to a five-speed gearbox, and whereas no horsepower figures have been ever printed, the Cizeta V16T ought to attain 328 km/h (204 mph) and speed up to 60 mph in four seconds … naturally such an unique automotive wanted a bespoke physique design.
And that is the place Marcello Gandini’s preliminary Lamborghini P132 design comes into the image … Zampolli requested Gandini for his design for use on his new Cizeta mannequin, he did go for regular opening doorways and a few spectacular headlight design, however it’s clearly based mostly on Gandini’s design for the Lamborghini Diablo.
By the point the primary automotive was in-built 1991 by Claudio Zampolli he had damaged up with Giorgio Moroder, so the automotive was now referred to as the Cizeta V16T and got here with an MSRP of $650,000 (for comparability: a Lamborghini Diablo was about $290,000 at the moment). Between 1991 and 1995 solely 12 vehicles can be constructed, Zampolli moved the meeting of the Cizeta in 1995, however it will take till 1999 for an additional Cizeta V16T to be constructed, and as late as 2003 the distinctive Cizeta V16TTJ Spyder was constructed, on particular order for buyer in Japan.
So a Cizeta V16T is a really uncommon automotive at this time, and they’re hardly ever altering house owners … however you now have an opportunity to personal one in all these extraordinarily uncommon V16 engine vehicles, and to be trustworthy, this one is much more particular. Chassis ZA9V16T00MMD38101 was ordered by Hong Seh Motors in Singapore for none aside from the Brunei Royal Household, the Sultan of Brunei had already ordered three Cizeta V16T, two black ones, and this blue one, however chassis 101 was particular.
This particular Cizeta V16T was a RHD model, and it was the present automotive for the 1993 Geneva Motor Present earlier than it was shipped to Singapore in late March 1993, another element, this automotive got here with horizontal fins on the facet air intakes, which solely the prototype confirmed, the manufacturing vehicles got here with vertical fins.
It’s unclear why, however this automotive by no means made it to Brunei, it was saved at Hong Seh Motors for the subsequent 25 years, which turned out to be good factor, because the Sultan of Brunei had his different two Cizeta V16T transformed by Pininfarina to make use of Ferrari flat-12 engines. In 2020 the automotive was bought to it’s present proprietor who had it restored to driving situation … there’s nothing like listening to that V16 engine simply inches behind your head it appears.
This extraordinarily uncommon, V16 supercar was listed at RM-Sotheby’s Arizona auction on January 22, 2021 with an estimate between $600,000 and $750,000 … the outcomes aren’t listed but, however I’m actually serious about how a lot this automotive reached when passing underneath the hammer.