Gilco 205 MM barchetta by Zagato 1951
2017 Techno Classica - Essen (D)
Gilberto Colombo was famous for his tubular frame chassis, which were used for sportscars by for instance Ferrari (types 166 GT, 212 S, 340 Mexico etc.) and Maserati (models A6 GS 2000, 300 S, 3500 GT etc.). But he also produced a small number of cars under his own Gilco brand name. Most were small 750 cc cars especially popular for taking part in road races like the Mille Miglia (MM). The 205 MM chassis was fitted with a larger 1100 cc Fiat engine and adapted for a limited production of up to 100 vehicles, with coupe and spider bodies by Zagato. Ultimately only one prototype was built, the car shown here.
The original body was modified over the years, the grill for instance used to be much finer. Even so, it was very unlike any other design by Zagato at the time.