The ‘Father of Disco’ is selling the one-and-only 1988 Cizeta-Moroder V16T but it looks more like a Lamborghini in drag than a supercar on steroids…
It was Lamborghini test driver and development engineer Claudio Zampolli who teamed up with music producer and composer Giorgio Moroder in the late 1980s in a bid to create the wildest supercar of his dreams – the end result was Cizeta-Moroder V16T chassis number 001.
Zampolli’s aspirations would lead him on a bizarre journey that would embrace the Lamborghini Miura’s engine layout with its transverse-mounted 6.0-litre V-16 and five-speed manual gearbox, alongside the bodywork of legendary designer Marcelo Gandini, who is also known for designing the Miura, Lamborghini Countach, Lancia Stratos, and countless other iconic cars.
‘The Father of Disco’, Giorogio Moroder met Zampolli at his Los Angeles car repair shop, and the pair decided it was time to create a new supercar. Zampolli’s partnership with Moroder, who acted as an investor, dissolved after the creation of the first prototype due to frustrations over delays, and Moroder’s name was dropped from the production cars. In the end, only nine production examples (plus the prototype, for a total of 10 cars) were built due to production challenges and the sheer complexity of the cars.
Dressed in pearl white and red leather interior, chassis 001 was completely different from the production V16T with its humungous Testarossa-styled air intakes and additional diagonal crease in the lower bodywork tying into the rear bumper design, different turn signals and fog lamps, and different side mirrors. Chassis 001 also has a completely unique interior, with the dashboard, central tunnel, steering wheel, door panels, and seats all different from those of the production V16T.
Moroder retained ownership of the car after its show duties ended, and he kept it in storage before eventually deciding to have it fully recommissioned. On the recommendation of Jay Leno, chassis 001 was shipped to Bruce Canepa of Scotts Valley, California, where a full restoration began. Canepa’s team found that, even though it was a functional prototype, there were some details that needed to be improved before it saw serious use.
For example, additional heat shielding was added around the fuel tanks, and the car was mechanically sorted. It was then tested by the Canepa team after restoration to ensure it was ready to return to roadworthiness; today, it still stuns audiences, just as it did in 1988.
Interesting would be the most accurate description for the Cizeta-Moroder V16T with a top speed of 204 mph and zero to hero in a staggering 4.2 seconds. This is a car with blistering performance digits and a fascinating backstory.
Chassis 001 is rarely spotted in the wild and personifies exclusivity – indeed its the only chassis to wear the Cizeta-Moroder nameplate.
The Cizeta-Moroder will feature in RM Sotheby’s Arizona Sale in January 2022…
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