If you’re going to own one of the most beautiful Italian cars ever made, it only makes sense that you’d keep the car in one of the most beautiful places in Italy as well. That’s just the case here with this ATL Alfa Romeo 1900 that is stored and driven in Lake Como, Italy. For those not familiar, ATL (which stands for Autotecnica del Lario) was a small Italian coachbuilder in the 1960s and ’70s and the Alfa Romeo you see here might’ve been one of their most beautiful creations. Powered by a 1.9L 4-cylinder that produced around 100 hp, this car was built to be as light and nimble as possible. Coming in at 1750 lbs thanks to its birdcage-like chassis and thin-gauge aluminum skin, the ATL-built 1900 is able to make the most of its modest power. It’s speculated that ATL built just eight examples of this car and it’s anybody’s guess how many of those survive today, but after a loving restoration in the 1980s, this particular car still gets driven regularly around the beautiful rolling hills surrounding Lake Como. For more about this gorgeous car, including more incredible photos, head over to Petrolicious.
Unlike many American or European collectors, many Japanese car collectors are as secretive as they are enthusiastic about rare and precious vehicles. This year’s Concorso d’Eleganza in Kyoto, Japan celebrated Italian cars by paying tribute to the 100th anniversary of Zagato while surrounding the vehicles in a truly picturesque Japanese castle. The grounds of Nijō Castle made the ideal backdrop for rarities like the 1965 Lamborghini 3500 GT Zagato and the 1958 Porsche 356A Speedster Zagato. To see more of the incredible cars and scenery from this Concours event in Japan, head over to Classic Driver.
Since 2017, Aston Martin has been painstakingly hand-building a limited run of DB4 GT continuation cars for a handful of rich collectors. Now the company is switching to the Zagato-designed model to round out the DB4 line before continuing with the DB5. What you see in the photo below is the first look inside the Aston Martin Works facility in Newport-Pagnell as workers form the paper-thin aluminum panels and fit them over the lightweight steel chassis, just as coachbuilders and craftsmen did back in the 1960s. All of these continuation cars are built to a much higher standard than the originals and feature a 380-hp, twin-spark straight-6 engine that send power through a 4-speed manual to a limited slip differential at the rear. To learn more about this unique continuation program from Aston Martin, visit Road & Track.
Last week, I shared a few videos from the 77th Annual Goodwood Member’s Meeting that showed some incredible racing action across a few different classes of vehicles. While the racing is certainly the draw for this event, there is so much more to see and experience around the grounds at Goodwood. To showcase just how special of an event the 77th Member’s Meeting was, I decided to pull together a few different blog posts from Speedhunters here and here, as well as Petrolicious and Classic Driver. If these aren’t enough to put a trip to Goodwood on your bucket list, I don’t know what it’ll take.