According to the seller, this early barchetta was built by (or based on the design of) Armando Palanca, and built on the chassis, engine and suspensions of a 1940 Fiat 1500 6C. Armando Palanca, not known by most people, was an italian aeronautical engineer (perhaps the top-notch back then) who worked with the team which developed speed-breaking hydroplanes between the’30’s and ’40’s.
Well, the story is fascinating but we hope that the seller could provide something more than a name as proof. Many replica (fakes) have been built during the last twenty years but this car seems a real period barchetta. This car is far from being beautiful, and that’s the reason why we don’t think at a fake.
However, the fact is that the new owner will surely want to see some b/w photo. In the meantime, enjoy the naive lines of this car which preferably needs to stay away from rain. Find it for sale at €80,000 (today $102,000) here in Cosenza, Italy.