Unknown: 1955 Fiat 500C Barchetta by Orlandi

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Orlandi built cars? Never heard of it before. So, we did a check on the book “La Sport e i suoi artigiani” which is the most important book eve made about the italian cars, but no trace of this car.

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And yet, Orlandi was a known coachbuilder specialized in building truck and coaches but we didn’t know they built cars too. This car is said to be built upon a Fiat 500C chassis and engine, and it still wears the “Orlandi” badge on the passenger front fender.

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We actually believe that this is the only car of is breed, probably built on demand by a gentleman racer who wanted to race it in the lowest class (the car has a 569 c.c. engine) and it would be interesting to find a period photo of the car. The seller doesn’t say much about it but for sure the skin of the car is made of aluminium just like a barchetta is supposed to be: the car seems in good conditions but the photos are not adequate to show the car in detail. Find it for sale at €43,000 (today $51,300) here in Desenzano del Garda, Italy.

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