Two-toned beauty: Fiat 1500 6C Sport Lanzarone
The "How to properly build a barchetta" manual, if such a thing exists, would probably stress the following keypoints: open-top, no more than two seats, extensive use of sleek lines and round shapes, with a small windscreen or no windscreen at all. Despite these clear instructions, there's still plenty of things that might go wrong in the plans to design a good-looking car, and one of them is the paint job. That said, you can reckon a body repairer's scepticism when asked to repaint a 1949 one-off barchetta in an unprecedented brown and red colour scheme.
The car in question is the only known Fiat 1500 6C Sport by Lanzarone, seen on display at the exhibit set up by Registro Italiano Fiat during the last edition of the Arezzo Motor Classics car show. And, for being a small unknown car, it stood out among the others, and I guess it's easy to understand why.
It's the last one of those cars I'm used to falling in love with, and promptly getting my heart shattered by - once I realise I can't even afford a single wheel. Previous one was a still unidentified Fiat by Zagato, this time it's still a Fiat but the coachbuilder to thank for the curvy look is the much lesser-known Lanzarone. And it turns out he did a good work in following the directions from the aforementioned manual considering how gorgeous this little car is.
As for the paintwork, though, the oddly satisfying brown and dark red colour scheme has been chosen by the current owner, despite the painter's doubts and against the sake of originality since before the restoration the car was pale yellow, but the result proves he was right.
On the car's nose, under the worn Fiat logo, the "Trasformazione Stanguellini" chromed badge means that the standard Fiat 1.5 l engine had been tuned up with parts made by Stanguellini's workshop in Modena, since the car was probably meant to run the Targa Florio, but allegedly it never competed.
More information about this gorgeous car, and better pics, at the following link: