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1968 Serenissima Ghia Coupé

Serenissima G.T. (Certificato di Origine), Ghia Serenissima (Ghia press release, Burgess-Wise 1985), Ghia Berlinetta Serenissima (Bricarelli 1968)

Erroneously named as: Serenissima Agena (coupe) (Setright 1974, Goodfellow 1999) or Serenissima Agena 3500 (coupe) (Wyss 1991, Tjaarda 2002); this later usage of the name Agena is a mix-up with the Serenissima Agena 3500 GT (1970) coachbuilt by Carrozzeria Drogo Sports Cars in Modena (I).

Marque and Engine manufacturer: Serenissima Automobili S.r.l., Formigine/MO (I)
Coachbuilder: Ghia S.A., Torino (I)
Design: Tom Tjaarda

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Chassis no.: 001 G.T.
Tipo: Coupé G.T. 358 V M 2 (24/10/1968 in the Certificato d'origine by error written as: Coupé G.T. 358 V N 2)

Project background: “Alejandro de Tomaso, who recently had purchased Carrozzeria Ghia, wanted to utilize his production capacities and tried therefore to convince [the Serenissima owner Count Giovanni] Volpi of a series production of the prototype. But the Count remained undecided.” (Blaube 2008)

1968 owner: Conte Giovanni Volpi di Misurata (Serenissima Automobili S.r.l.), Formigine (I)
10/1968 colour: light green metallic; interior: light green leather

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24/10/1968 Certificato d'origine, signed by Nello Ugolini (Serenissima Automobili S.r.l.). Formigine (I)

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30/10/1968 Ghia press release

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30/10–10/11/1968 presented on the Ghia stand at the 50. Salone Internazionale dell'Automobile in Torino (I) together with the Maserati 4200 Coupé "Simun" and the De Tomaso Mangusta Spider (both designed by Giorgetto Giugiaro)

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13–23/03/1969 shown at 39. Salon de l'Automobile Genève (CH) together with Lancia Fulvia 1600 Ghia Coupé "Competizione"

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05–13/04/1969 shown on the Ghia stand at the 13. International Automobile Show in New York (USA) together with a yellow De Tomaso Mangusta (Robert Feigenbaum, pers. comm. 19/07/2007)
(1969) changes: engine type M67 installed by Serenissima Automobili S.r.l, Formigine (I); capacity 3.0 l; circular exhaust pipes
engine design by Ing. Franco Lambertini and Harry Mundy (GB)
Original engine M63 installed to Serenissima Formula libre race car; capacity reduced from 3.5 to 3.0 l (present owner: Nicolas Schönleber, D)

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Ing. Franco Lambertini
 

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Carburettor-Ø: 40
(Weber)

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Carburettor-Ø: 42
(Weber IDF-2)

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(1969) repainted: red; interior: blue leather

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Center of Formigine (I)

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Via Ghiselli, Formigine (I)

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15/08/1969 present with Scuderia Serenissima in the paddock during the Coppa Cita di Enna on the Autodromo di Pergusa, Enna (I)
road registered with license plate PROVA MO 171
The photos below have been taken in front of the workshop of Serenissima Automobili, Via Emerenzio Ghiselli 4, 41043 Formigine/MO (I);
Cars (from left to right): Serenissima Agena 3500 GT Drogo (1970), Serenissima Ghia Coupé (1968), Serenissima Lola GT Mk6AF (1968/69, chassis no. LGT1, = Ford GT40 test car), Serenissima Torpedo Competizione (1965; chassis no. 004), Serenissima 308 SP McLaren M1C (1968/69), Ford Transit (in the background);
Persons (from left to right): Guido (?) (mechanic), Bruce McIntosh (mechanic; today Head of Engineering at Gordon Murray Design Ltd., Shalford, Surrey, GB), Alf Francis (technical manager 1966–1970), Ing. Franco Lambertini, Diana Mantovani (secretary and book keeper), Ivo Jatachi (mechanic). [Bruce McIntosh, personal communication 28/08/2008]

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Serenissima Lola (1968) with Serenissima Ghia (1969)

Photo in front of Via Emerenzio Ghiselli 5, 41043 Formigine/MO (I)

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1970 Serenissima Automobili closed (Workshop premises in Via Ghiselli later used by Scuderia Filipinetti)
07/12/1976 Certificato d'origine, signed by Nello Ugolini (Serenissima S.r.l.), Roma (I)

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14/02/1977 offer by Charles “Chuck” Graemiger (Ch. Graemiger Engineering), Lausanne (CH), for modification for road registration in Switzerland
1977 road registration in Switzerland unsuccessful: stop distance test on ramp failed due to clutch/power problems
(26/07/2008) owner still Giovanni Volpi; Venezia (I) (Giovanni Volpi, pers. comm. to Wolfgang Blaube)

Technical Data

Basic car

De Tomaso Mangusta (presented 11/1966 in Torino, production 1967–1970) chassis

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De Tomaso Mangusta chassis

Engine

Serenissima 358 V M 2 T (Certificato d'origine 24/10/1968) = Type M 63

Mid-mounted 90-degree-V8 (Bricarelli 1968, Burgess-Wise 1985, Bellu & Bellu 1994) developed by Alberto Massimino; two valves per cylinder (Quattroruote 11/1968: “three valves per cylinder: two inlet and one exhaust”); twin overhead camshafts, fuel injection (Bellu 1994); aluminum block, flat single-plane crankshaft, four twin-choke carburetors (Weber) (Wyss 1991);
two exhaust silencers (A.N.S.A. S.r.l.) with twin pipes

Bore x stroke

91.5 x 66 mm (Amtmann & Schrader 1987 for Serenissima 358 V Jet 1966)

Cubic capacity

3471.9 cm³ (Bricarelli 1968, Burgess-Wise 1985: 3470 cm³)

Power

300 hp (DIN) at 6500 rpm (Certificato d'origine 24/10/1968)

or 320 hp (DIN) (Ghia press release; Bricarelli 1968, Wyss 1991) at 7.500 rpm (Wyss 1991)

Torque

42 mkg (Automobile Revue Catalogue 1967)

Weight to power ratio

4.83 kg/hp

Transmission

 

Front axis

Front track width 1430 mm (Bricarelli 1968) or 1400 mm (Wyss 1991) (Mangusta: 1395 mm)
(Mangusta: independent suspension, unequal-length wishbones, coil springs, anti-roll bar; low-geared rack-and-pinion steering)
7 x 15"-Magnesium (= 'Elektron')-cast wheels (Campagnolo) as Mangusta, 185HR15 tires (Dunlop)

Rear axis

Rear track width 1435 mm (Bricarelli 1968) (Mangusta: 1450 mm)
(Mangusta: independent suspension,wishbones, coil springs, trailing links, anti-roll bar)
8 x 15"-Magnesium (= 'Elektron')-cast wheels (Campagnolo) as Mangusta, 235 HR 15 tires (Dunlop) 

Brakes

hydraulically operated four-wheel disc brakes

Body

Backbone chassis with central spine frame (= 'herringbone' chassis; Ghia press release); roof supporting structure inside the car: polished alloy steel B-pillars with circular holes, covered by glas and acting as a roll-bar (Burgess-Wise 1985)

Length x width x height

4275 x 1830 x 1060 mm (Mangusta: 4275 x 1830 x 1100 mm)
Wheelbase 2550 mm (Mangusta: 2500 mm)

Empty weight

1450 kg

Maximum speed

250 km/h (Bricarelli 1968, Burgess-Wise 1985) = 155.3 mph

Gas consumption

Super

Year

1968

Numbers built

1

Price ex works

 

Glossary

Agena = Beta Centauri = a star in the constellation Centaurus (Wikipedia); the derivation from 'knee' is not correct (Thayer 2008)

Serenissima = (lat. serenus = highness) derived from Serenissima Repùblica Vèneta (or Repùblica de Venesia), the ancient name of the Republic of Venezia (Wikipedia)