Castagna Vittoria 1995

Castagna was a historic coachbuilder from the 1920's and 1930's producing bodies for Alfa Romeo and Lancias amongst others before disappearing into history like so many famous names.

Castagna Vittoria

However in 1995 Italian businessman Uberto Pietra revived the name and produced this "Alfa SZ based" prototype, designed by Gioacchino Acampora. This car was introduced at the Swiss International Motor Show of Geneva March 1995. The car was named "Vittoria" after Uberto's daughter.

Castagna Vittoria

Press release.

Vittoria


At 14 March 1995 there was also an article in the Italian Newspaper: "Corriere della Sera - Cronache Italiane - Motori"
The author of the article was over-excited with respect to the number of horsepower. He wrote the car had 300 hp, but actually there were measured on a dyno 254,8 HP at 5740 rpm.

Vittoria


Than the car has been stored for many years, gathered dust lost an original mirror and got some small damages.

Vittoria

Vittoria

Vittoria


In 2009 the car was still located somewhere around Milano. The car was complete but got some dents and scratches over the years. Sig. Pietra started the restoration and because of that the interior and the rear part of the glass roof, was taken out.

I had the opportunity to meet Sig. Pietra in 2009 personally and to study the Vittoria and to compare it with the SZ.

Vittoria

Sig. Pietra was very helpfull and shared lots of information and documentation about this unique project.
Hopefully the Vittoria will soon be restored its old glory.


If you want to see a larger picture, click the thumbnail ( pictures taken by myself in June 2009 ) .

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To build the car, an Alfa Romeo 75 3 liter-V6 has been used. According to Sig. U. Pietra this 75 had the chassisnummer: ZAR 162B6000001386 and the car was produced at 27-11-1987.

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During 1994 and a part of 1995 this 75 base was rebuilt to SZ specs with an SZ front and rear suspension ecc. The car got a stunning design with an interesting extra feature wich was a full glass roof. The car got a reworked engine, built by a company specialized in building and preparing DTM race car engines. Castagna claimed that their reworked 3.0 V6 engine produced 254,8 HP at 5740 rpm while still retaining the original single camshaft per head setup.

Castagna Vittoria

The brakes were uprated with Brembo 6-pot calliper, cross-drilled and vented discs, while the prototype ran on 18 inch "Tecnomagnesio" Special magnesium alloy wheels. Front: 8x18 inch and the rear wheels were 9x18 inch.

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Technical data:

engine: Alfa-Romeo, 6 cylinders / 3.0-litre, 254.8 HP at 5740 rpm.
rear wheel drive.
gearbox: 5-gears rear mounted
length: 4480 mm
width: 1820 mm
height: 1280 mm - 1320 mm
wheelbase: 2540 mm

Further information:

Colour: Alfa Romeo Bianco Spino.
Body: Aluminum, complete rear was made out of one sheet of aluminum, also the bonnet ( front ) was.
Body panels: produced by: Battilastra di Torino / Carrozzeria Sonnino by Busto Arsizio.
Carbon parts: made by a local company.
Rear lights: partly also used on the SZ / RZ ( behind the rear light covers ).
Chassis: not shortened Alfa 75 chassis.
Shocks: Koni: hydraulically adjustable.
Petrol Tank: special race tank.
Instruments: same as SZ / RZ, but with special Castagna dials.
Seats: BMW 8 series.
Interior: dark green leather plus alcantara combined.
Dash: dark green leather.
Doorlocks: Lancia Ypsilon.

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Vittoria

With many thanks to Sig. Uberto Pietra who kindly provided the correct information and some unique pictures, never shown before on the internet.


And than the BIG surprise in 2010:

Castagna Vittoria

More pictures from the Castagna Vittoria,.... but now completely restored !!! The car has been showed at some Centennial shows,.. beautifull !!!

If you want to see a larger picture, click the thumbnail ( pictures taken by Sig. S. Cerato 2010 ) .

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During this restoration some minor changes have been made in the interior and somehow the car lost its unique bonnet emblem with the text: "Sic itur per angusta ad augusta".

Castagna Vittoria

Castagna Vittoria

It has been replaced by a normal Alfa Romeo emblem.

Castagna Vittoria


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