Cizeta V16T to bez wątpienia jeden z najbardziej ekscytujących supersamochodów w historii. Stworzył ją Claudio Zampolli, ex-kierowca testowy Lamborghini i inżynier ds. Rozwoju. To, co sprawiło, że znalazł się na pierwszych stronach gazet, to skonstruowanie dla tego pojazdu pierwszego powojennego silnika w układzie V16. Sylwetka tego niezwykłego pojazdu to projekt legendarnego Marcelo Gandiniego, czyli autora Lamborghini Miury i Countacha. Pierwotnie miał właśnie tak wyglądać następca Countacha, czyli Diablo, jednak projekt ten został odrzucony jako zbyt odważny. Dla Zempolli’ego nic nie było jednak zbyt odważne ani zbyt wyzywające. Między 1991 roku a 1995 rokiem zdołał on dopiąć swego i uruchomić niskoseryjną produkcję. Koło Modeny zbudował 9 egzemplarzy, z których każdy miał ciekawą historię. Ten (jako jeden z trzech!) został zamówiony przez rodzinę królewską Brunei. Zaprezentowany na targach w Genewie w 1993 roku, powędrował do dealera Hong Seh Motors w Singapurze, lecz nigdy nie trafił do liczącej ponad 2000 samochodów kolekcji w Brunei. Auto nie było używane przez 17 lat, a jego przebieg aktualnie wynosi zaledwie 611 mil, które w większości zostały przejechane podczas testów w fabryce. W ostatnim czasie samochód został odkupiony od dealera i ponownie przygotowany do jazdy. Z pewnością gwarantuje niezrównane wrażenia z jazdy, a ile będzie kosztować, przekonamy się już w styczniu, obserwując aukcję w Arizonie.
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1993 Cizeta V16T
RM | Sotheby’s – ARIZONA 22 JANUARY 2021
Chassis No. ZA9V16T00MMD38101
One of just nine examples completed
Fewer than 1,000 km (620 miles)
Ordered new by the Royal Family of Brunei
Displayed at the 1993 Geneva Motor Show
Transverse-mounted V-16 with bodywork designed by Marcelo Gandini
By the 1980s, former Lamborghini test driver and development engineer Claudio Zampolli had relocated to Los Angeles and established a successful business servicing the supercars of the wealthy and famous. But his dreams did not end there: Determined to build his own supercar, Zampolli teamed up with music producer Giorgio Moroder as an investor in the late 1980s and embarked on his journey to create an exotic like nothing that had been seen before.
Zampolli wanted something that would grab headlines, and he knew that an innovative V-16 was the answer. Inspired by the engine layout of the Lamborghini Miura, Zampolli’s creation had a transverse mounted 6.0-liter V-16 with a five-speed manual gearbox. The stunning bodywork was penned by legendary designer Marcelo Gandini, who is also known for designing the Miura, Countach, Stratos, and countless other iconic cars.
Zampolli’s partnership with Moroder dissolved after the first prototype, and the cars, initially marketed as the Cizeta-Moroder V16T, went into production wearing only the Cizeta name. Ultimately, only nine examples were completed in the V16T’s initial run due to production delays and the model’s complexity. For Zampolli, however, Cizeta was a success: His dream of building an exclusive supercar of his own design had been accomplished, and the final result was nothing short of spectacular.
Given the Cizeta’s backstory, cost, and exclusivity, it is no surprise that each V16T produced has an interesting backstory. This car, chassis 101, is no exception. After Brunei became an independent country in 1983, the Sultan of Brunei and his family used a portion of their vast oil wealth to build the largest car collection the world had ever seen. Commissioning approximately 2,000 cars from all different manufacturers, the Royal Family singlehandedly kept many luxury brands in business through the tough years of the 1990s. Their search for the most exclusive and technically advanced cars money could buy led them to Cizeta. The Royal Family purchased three of the nine Cizeta V16Ts built: This blue example and two black examples.
Chassis 101 was ordered by Hong Seh Motors of Singapore on behalf of the Brunei Royal Family. Hong Seh was the official Ferrari dealership in Singapore, and many cars from the Royal Family’s collection were ordered through them. Finished in blue with blue leather interior and with right hand drive, chassis 101 was used in press photo shoots throughout Italy and was displayed at the 1993 Geneva Auto Show. Nearly all 983 kilometers (~611 miles) on the odometer at the time of cataloguing are believed to have been accumulated during testing by the factory in this period. Interestingly, chassis 101 has horizontal slats over the side air intakes like the prototype, while most other examples have vertical slats.
Chassis 101 was shipped from Modena to Asia in March 1993; for unknown reasons, it remained with Hong Seh Motors in Singapore for over 25 years and was never delivered to Brunei. Pininfarina subsequently heavily modified the other two V16Ts purchased by the Royal Family with Ferrari flat-12 engines and irreversible structural changes. One of those cars remains in an incomplete disassembled state, while the other is displayed in the Marconi Museum in Tustin, California. Chassis 101 is the only V16T from the Brunei Royal Family’s collection to have escaped this fate and today remains just as it arrived in Singapore.
The current owner purchased chassis 101 from Hong Seh Motors in 2020 and returned the car to driving condition after its two-and-a-half-decade stay in Singapore. It has recently had all the fluids changed, the cooling system serviced, and the fuel system cleaned. With its innovative transverse-mounted V-16 positioned close to the passengers, the owner reports that it is a thrill to drive with a unique sound unlike any other supercar.
The Cizeta V16T is a seldom seen but incredibly interesting supercar which still remains one of very few post-war sixteen-cylinder production cars. With incredible performance, a stunning design, fascinating history, and utmost exclusivity, this V16T will surely stand out wherever it goes.