These days coachbuilt automobiles are very few and far between, this is primarily because of the extreme costs involved in creating a bespoke, hand crafted coachbuilt vehicle. However, high costs are not the only reason as today coachbuilding is something of a lost art and a only a few coachbuilding firms remain in business. It wasn’t always this way though because if we rewind to the 20th century coachbuilt automobiles were in high demand, and even ultra-luxurious auto makers turned to the coachbuilding industry to create hand crafted bodies to fit their rolling chassis, these ultra-luxurious auto makers included the likes of Bugatti, Cadillac, Ferrari, Rolls-Royce and Delahaye.
However, just after World War II the demand for coachbuilt vehicles declined dramatically and by 1950 more durable all-steel automobile bodies replaced coachbuilt units and this saved time and ultimately money. However, coachbuilding remained a common practice amongst high end, exotic auto makers but the industry did eventually die out in the late 1960’s. As a result, these days getting your hands on a genuine coachbuilt automobile is not only hard, but it is also time consuming and costly. However, there are a few coachbuilding firms out there like Niels van Roij Design, Zagato and Ares Design, that can coachbuild your dream vehicle for you in less that a year, but if you don’t like waiting we at Enzari may have the perfect alternative for you.
This is, what you are looking at ladies and gentlemen is the Italdesign ZeroUno. As the name suggests, the ZeroUno is the work of Italian design/coachbuilding firm Italdesign Giugiaro. The rather good looking Italdesign ZeroUno was officially unveiled to the automotive universe at the 2017 Geneva Motor Show and it is the very first vehicle to be created by Italdesign’s low production sports car division, Italdesign Automobili Speciali. The Italdesign ZeroUno is a fully coachbuilt supercar and it was offered by Italdesign in both Coupe (ZeroUno) and Roadster (ZeroUno Duerta) forms when new. As expected, the Italdesign ZeroUno was produced in very limited numbers, in fact just five ZeroUno Coupe’s and five ZeroUno Duerta Roadsters ever saw the light of day.
As a result just like many other coachbuilt automobiles, the Italdesign ZeroUno is extremely rare and to a certain extent, highly desirable too. However, while browsing the Internet recently I came across an Italdesign ZeroUno which is due to cross the auction block later this month. Yes, the vehicle featured in this article will be crossing the auction block at RM Sotheby’s Essen sale on 11 April – 12 April, 2019. This particular Italdesign ZeroUno will be presented in “virtually new condition” as it has had just one owner since new and it has never been registered. That is not all because this particular Itadesign ZeroUno is a rather special example, as it is the fifth and final ZeroUno produced and it comes from the collection of a wealthy car collector known as @mwvmnw on social media.
On the outside, as mentioned earlier in this article the Italdesign ZeroUno features a bespoke, hand crafted coachbuilt body. Designed by Filippo Perini’s design team in house at Italdesign, the Italdesign ZeroUno boasts unique styling as well as futuristic technological solutions including full carbon fiber bodywork as well as a front Y-duct air intake which minimizes lift and provides extra downforce at higher speeds. The LED headlights and taillights as well as the large fixed rear wing, fender vents and large rear diffuser give the Italdesign ZeroUno a fighter jet for the road look, which is taken to a whole new level as the vehicle featured in this article features a unique stealth, matte black exterior paint finish with Italian Tricolore stripes.
Inside, the interior of the Italdesign ZeroUno will no doubt be very familiar to Audi R8 owners as enthusiasts. As a result, if you peek inside you will notice that the Italdesign ZeroUno borrows a long list of interior parts from the Audi R8, which includes the leather and Alcantara trimmed multi-function sports steering wheel, dashboard, switch gear and “virtual cockpit” all digital instrument cluster. As for the rest of the interior, you will find Alcantara and leather trimmed sports seats which feature embossed Italdesign logo’s on the headrests and quite a few carbon fiber interior trim pieces. Overall, the interior of the Italdesign ZeroUno is a pleasant place to be and it screams “high performance and speed” despite it’s lack of colour.
As the Italdesign ZeroUno is closely related to the Lamborghini Huracan and second generation Audi R8, under the hood you will find a familiar, yet potent mid-mounted 5.2 litre, naturally aspirated FSI V10 engine. As a result, the Italdesign ZeroUno has an overall power output of 610 hp (454 kW) and 520 Nm of torque. The Italdesign ZeroUno makes use of an Audi R8/Lamborghini Huracan sourced 7-speed dual-clutch transmission which sends all of the engines power to all four wheels via a permanent all wheel drive system. Due to this set-up, the Italdesign ZeroUno can sprint from 0-100 km/h (62 mph) in just 3.2 seconds and it will keep on accelerating until it reaches an overall top speed of 330 km/h (205 mph). So then, the Italdesign ZeroUno packs enough of a punch to please anyone, and it should provide the occupants with a thrilling driving experience, both on the road or on the track.
As mentioned earlier in this article, this Italdesign ZeroUno has only had one owner since new and it has never been registered, as a result it only has delivery mileage on it’s odometer which means it is almost a brand new car. When this stunning Italdesign ZeroUno crosses the auction block, auction house RM Sotheby’s estimates it to sell for between €950,000 – €1.5 million which is an astonishing amount of money. However, we have to take into account that the ZeroUno is a genuinecoachbuilt supercar at the end of the day and only 5 ZeroUno’s exist. Those points do make the astonishing price tag a little bit easier to live with.
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