This Retro Berlinetta Is a Modern Marvel with Bygone Beauty

Built by a boutique Italian marque, this contemporary coupe captures an ageless aesthetic…

The golden age of automotive design has been reborn with the debut of the Effeffe Berlinetta by Officine Fratelli Frigerio—a gran turismo reflective of the finest Alfa Romeos and Ferraris of the late 1950s, but built today. Perfect for the modern gentleman racer, the classically styled coupe was fashioned in form and function after models that made motorsport history in such renowned races as the Mille Miglia, Carrera Panamericana, and Targa Florio, but could also be delightful daily drivers.


Created by Italian brothers Leonardo and Vittorio Frigerio and their team, the beautiful rear-wheel-drive berlinetta pairs the best of past and present, with computer-aided design followed by hand-built execution. The result is a welded tubular steel chassis and hand-hammered aluminum body that renders a dry weight of only 1,741 pounds. Housed inside is a 170 hp, twin-overhead-camshaft Alfa Romero engine designed to the specifications of the Fédération Internationale de l’Automobile (FIA) Group 2 category for the European Touring Car Championship series in 1969. Translating power is a synchronized 5-speed gearbox, and the ride is refined by independent wishbone suspension in the front, along with rigid-axle suspension at the rear.

The artisanal approach is carried over into the hand-stitched leather interior with customizable cover selections for the dash, door panels, and luggage compartment. Color is equally optional, down to the matching wool carpets for the floorboards. Customers of the boutique marque can also customize the handling characteristics of their car through a circuit test-drive, as well as improve their own skills during a dedicated track tutorial. And included in the vintage-looking vehicle’s roughly $320,000 price tag is a personalized luggage set and golf bag—how sporting. (effeffecars.com)

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