CLASS: Marcello Gandini’s creations
CAR: Lamborghini Miura P400 S (1969) ; châssis 4127
Marcello Gandini was born in Turin in 1938 and designed some of the most beautiful Italians cars from the mid-sixties onwards. He was the chief designer at Bertone for a long time and was responsible for the famous Lamborghini Miura that many consider the first supercar in history with its 3.9-litre transversally-mounted V12 in the rear. The S version on display at Chantilly is an evolution with a more powerful engine producing 370 bhp.
CLASS: The Porsche 917s
CAR: Porsche 917 (1971) ; chassis 917-030
This car is special in more ways than one. First of all, it was the first racing car in the world to be fitted with an ABS system, which didn’t really impress Marko-Larousse at the 1971 Zeltweg 1000 km. Then what happened next is even more surprising. In 1975, Count Gregorio Rossi di Montelera, owner of a famous brand of aperitif, had the prototype modified (exhaust silenced, indicators, leather seats, etc.) and managed to have it registered in the state of Alabama in the USA!
CLASS: The Iso Rivolta
CAR: Iso A3/C Grifo (1964) ; chassis I-3507
The Iso Rivolta Company, a manufacturer of electrical household goods, motorbikes and then the Isetta bubble car, began building a sports car in 1962, the GT 300. Its success encouraged the top brass of the firm to up their game even further and compete against Ferrari. Nothing was left to chance. Giotto Bizzarrini, the father of the Ferrari 250 GTO, was entrusted with the development of the car. It was, however, very different from its Italian rival in that it was powered by a V8 Chevrolet. Only a small number of A3/Cs was produced.
CLASS: Japanese sports cars
CAR: Toyota 2000 GT (1969) ; chassis 1207
Only once in his life did James Bond drive a Toyota: the iconic 2000 GT produced from 1967 to 1970. And for good reason as this very modern car was a cocktail of the latest cutting-edge technologies of the moment. It is the first series produced Japanese to be equipped with four disc brakes and four-wheel independent suspension as well as rack and pinion steering. Due to the limited number of cars produced (351), very few were exported (only 25 to Europe), making it a very rare machine.