Have you ever thought that new cars just aren’t emotional enough? Or that they lack real character and personality?
If you’re the type of person that thinks the automotive world reached its peak in the 1960’s, then the Effeffe Berlinetta might be ideally suited to your taste…
What you’re looking at here is a brand new car, with a new chassis, a new engine, and new suspension components, but was designed to resemble cars from that golden era in cars; 1960’s road-racers.
The small, relatively new, Italian manufacturer’s goal was to recreate that passionate era, evoking the cars that took part in races such as the Mille Miglia, Targa Florio and Carrera Panamerica.
The Berlinetta is completely hand built from the ground up, and features absolutely none of today’s newest tech!
The chassis is welded from steel tubes, and is then covered in hand made aluminium body panels.
The powerplant is a dual carb-fed Alfa Romeo affair. The beautiful, all-aluminium, 2-litre 4-cylinder motor produces only 135 kW, which should be more than sufficient, as the car only weighs 790 kg’s.
Along with the very lovely knock-on wire wheels, the RWD setup sees the use of a 5-speed gearbox, an open diff, and independant rear suspension.
Inside, the nostalgia continues, as traces of ‘60s motoring racing are clearly evident. The Jaeger instruments are almost compulsory, as is the wood-trimmed Nardi steering wheel.
The rest of the cab is covered in matte leather, except for the front part of the dashboard, which is painted the same colour as the exterior.
Another nostalgic addition is the wool carpets, also said to provoke sensations and scents of the past.
Whilst there are many small, independent, manufacturers out there trying to create updated versions of the ‘60s road-racing cars, very few truly capture the essence of what made these cars great.
The Effeffe Berlinetta, with its beautifully elegant lines, hand made quality, and exclusivity, certainly make it one of the better ones!
The cost of all this bespoke wonderfulness, you might wonder? Around R4.5 million…