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A fascinating Journey from restoration to the Mille Miglia

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As the most beautiful race in the world has just concluded in Brescia, the Mille Miglia is probably in the Bucket list of every Classic Cars fans and drivers.

Leaving (and arriving) from the original point of departure in Viale Venezia in Brescia, the 2018 has taken place on May 16-19 touching Cervia/Milano Marittima, the eternal city of Rome and Parma in a 1,000 miles trip similar to the original race which took place 24 times from 1927 to 1957.

In celebrating Mille Miglia, Bacchelli & Villa had the honor of following the journey of Marc Newson and its 1955 Ferrari 857 S, restored at Bacchelli & Villa in 2016. Relive the fascinating journey from restoration to the legendary classic car race with the gallery below. Enjoy & #VivaMilleMiglia!




Sports Car Market on Bacchelli & Villa: From Beverly Hills to Bastiglia

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A California-based Ferrari dealer makes a big Italian connection

The Mattioli Automotive Group is going back to its Italian roots with the purchase of the world-famous Bacchelli & Villa restoration shop in Bastiglia, near
Maranello, Italy. Mattioli is known for amazing Ferrari dealerships in Beverly Hills, Los Angeles, South Bay and Silicon Valley in California. The company is now positioned to restore Ferraris in the birthplace of Ferraris. Franco Bacchelli, who founded Bacchelli & Villa with his now-deceased cousin Roberto Villa in 1972, said Mattioli is committed to local craftsmen and their tradition of excellence. “People are magic, and here they have a unique gift,” Bacchelli said.

“That is the love they put in everything they do.” You can always train a new worker to be good, but it’s far better to train someone who knows and lives the local passion for work well done, Bacchelli said. “This is why, in this shop, the job interview is in the local dialect,” Bacchelli said. “And we ask whether the tortellini are hand made at home.” Bacchelli started working on top-notch Italian sports cars in 1958. “I turned 14 and, with my dad, took the bus to go to Modena to look
for a job for me,” Bacchelli said. “The first place we entered — it was the closest to the bus stop — was Piero Drogo’s shop. I remained, and learned my work until 1972, when, after military service, I decided to open my shop.” Eventually, Bacchelli & Villa teamed up with Ferrari to repair and build cars, including the Ferrari 512 BB Le Mans cars. In 1995, Bacchelli & Villa entered the restoration business. Soon, cars that needed a new life started flowing into the shop.

Ferrari collectors such as Jacques Swaters and Charles Pozzi were the first to send their cars to the shop for restoration. Col. Ronnie O’Hare, Luigi Chinetti and Paul Pappalardo also sent cars. Bacchelli & Villa have restored 49 Ferrari 275 GTB cars, and they hope to soon start bringing the 50th back to life.
A connection with Mattioli Automotive Group’s Ferrari dealerships in California — the largest Ferrari market in the world — ensures that business in Bastiglia will be brisk. “Now, with the new organization offered with MAG,we can imagine an even better and more successful future, and I’m absolutely thrilled for my workers,” Bacchelli said. “Many of the second generation is working here, and I’ve been able offer them a safe future with Giacomo Mattioli and the Mattioli Automotive Group.” In return, American Ferrari owners will get topnotch restorations from technicians who grew up building and repairing Ferrari cars, said Marco Arrighi, who is the new director at Bacchelli & Villa.

Arrighi is taking over the shop after almost 39 years at Ferrari, and he plans to maintain and expand the already high level of craftsmanship. “The project was too beautiful and interesting to say no,” he said. “We use the same materials of the past, the same tools, and sometimes, the hands of the son of the man who did the car back in period.” American restorers are considered some of the best in the world, so how does an old-school shop near Modena, Italy, attract business from the United States and around the world?

“When I first started working here, one of the first things Franco Bacchelli shared with me was the deep emotion he felt when Paul Russell, one of the most capable and renowned American restoration shops, visited this shop and congratulated him for the quality of the work,” Arrighi said. “We know the cars from when they were new and how they were made.” Still, quality standards have increased over the decades, and Bacchelli & Villa has improved with the times.
“If we repaint a car as was done in 1960, with the same lack of attention to detail, we would be out of business in a very short time,” Arrighi said.“The cars we restore are absolutely original, in every single detail, but they have a finish quality that is definitely better than original.” The shop’s goal is to work closely with the California-based Ferrari dealerships — and offer fantastic restorations to world-class cars and demanding customers.
“We’d love to have a 250 GTO in the restoration shop, as so far we have done only one, a 1964 car,” Arrighi said. “And we’d like to have some SWBs — the most
beautiful car ever.” Arrighi has a personal connection with lots of Ferrari cars, but he’s eager to see one
model in particular enter the shop. “I have a special relationship with the 288 GTO because I was the one in charge of
the preparation and the start of its production line,” Arrighi said. ♦
Story and Photos by Massimo Delbo’ @ SportsCarMagazine

Bacchelli & Villa and Collezione at the 27th Cavallino Classics

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Bacchelli & Villa and Collezione BY MAG in attendance at the 27th Cavallino Classics

On Saturday January 27th, the newest addition to Mattioli Automotive Group, Bacchelli & Villa, together with Collezione BY MAG have joined forced at Cavallino Classics for a full week of cars-talk and world-class collectibles.

Held at the famed The Breakers Hotel in Palm Beach, FL, Cavallino Classics is considered one of the most important Concourse d’Elegance in the United States and the year opener appointment for the most discerning cars collectors. 

More than 140 Ferraris will be entering the Concorso d’Eleganza on the lawn at the Breakers Hotel – including our Collezione By MAG 1962 Ferrari 250 GT Cabriolet Series II by Pininfarina – for the prestigious Platinum Award and collect honors in 10+ dedicated Ferrari classes.

Mr. Franco Bacchelli was in attendance to represent Bacchelli & Villa in the United States, together with Director Marco Arrighi and Collezione By MAG General Manager, James Del Pozzo. Particularly Mr. Bacchelli was excited to sharing many projects and unique memories that made history in the sports and racing cars restoration world.

As always, Forza Ferrari! And looking forward to the next event!




Ferrari Under The Skin @ The Design Museum in London

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If you are in London, don’t miss the opportunity to go and race through 70 years of passion, glamour and design innovation of Ferrari, via a dedicated exhibition at the Design Museum. Navigate thru the CARS section and you will find 1963 Ferrari 250 LM chassis, proudly provided by Bacchelli & Villa in an exhibition dedicated to detailing the remorseless drive of Enzo Ferrari to create the perfect driving machine for track and road.

Ferrari Under The Skin explores Ferrari’s powerful personality, the design and manufacturing process, the famous clientele and the future of the luxury car brand.

From the very first Ferrari to Michael Schumacher’s winning Formula One car and the newest hybrid model, the exhibition features rare cars and memorabilia displayed in public for the first time. Discover the Ferrari experience through original hand-drawn sketches, sculpture-like models and engines, alongside films and interviews telling one of the great design stories of all time.

You will explore ENZO FERRARI’s inspirations, original photography, hand written letters, original drawings and even his driving license, from the 125S to the F40, you will discover a side of Enzo Ferrari that is rarely ever seen by the public. And navigate thru the incredible stories behind some of the most legendary Ferrari automobiles made: 125S, 166MM Barchetta, Ferrari 500 F2, 250 GT, 250 GT SWB, 250 GTO, 275 GTB4, 365 GTB4, Testarossa Spider, F40, F1, La Ferrari Aperta among others.

‘Race cars are neither beautiful nor ugly. They become beautiful when they win.’ Enzo Ferrari

In collaboration with Ferrari S.p.a. and Museo Ferrari, Maranello (Italy)

  November 15th, 2017 – April 15, 2018
Design Museum, London | 224 – 238 Kensington High Street, London, W8 6AG

The Burano Barchetta 0102 E Goes to Hollywood

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Ferrari 212 Export and Inter models came along in 1951 as a replacement for the 195 series, the first 19 examples being the competition Export versions. Ferrari continued to produce 212 212 Inters and Exports into 1953, completing 78 Inters and 26 Exports.

Movie Story Line

In 1955, Twentieth Century Fox owned the movie rights to a novel, the Racers introducing Hollywood and America to road racing. The film’s story involved Kirk Douglas, as Gino Borgesa, a bus driver and mechanic, whose dream was to become a championship racing driver. Borgesa entered his car in the Monaco Grand Prix, only to crash out during qualifying avoiding a dog. Turns out the dog belonged to the beautiful ballerina (played by Bella Darvi) who felt sorry for Borgesa and offered him to help finance the purchase of a replacement car (The Burano, Ferrari s/n 0102E). Borgesa went to win the MIlle Miglia, becoming a works pilot for Burano and eventually championship driver. The move cst also included Gilbert Roland, Lee J. Cobb, Cesar Romero and Katy Jurado. The Racers was directed by Henry Hathaway who, along with back-up director Henry Weinberger, filmed action scenes for the movie at such European venues as the Nurburgring, Reims, Spa, the Targa Florio in Sicily and Monza, a first for an American director.
No mechanical changes was made to the 212 Export s/n0102 E but revised bodywork: it received a lower and longer front and a prominent, protruding oval grille, a more bulbous rear end was tacked on, the trunk opening was reduced in size, and phony air inlets were added to the rear fender tops, a fake outside exhaust system, with dummy mufflers was added on each side but the working pipes always run out the rear of the car, the cockpit remained unchanged.
Wearing racing number 555, serial number 0102 E had a token entry in the 1954 MIlle Miglia in hope of getting some film footage, but it was not allowed to compete. Right after, the modified 0102 E was sent to California where shooting of the movie was completed.

Chassis 0102 E Origins & Highlights

Before chassis 0102 E was a “Burano” in the Racer movie, it was a Barchetta (Italian for “little boat”) style roadster, built by Touring of Milan, the third of seven Ferrari 212 Export Barchettas by Touring. It was completed in 1951 and sold new to Franco Cornacchia, Ferrari’s agent in Milan whom passed it to a gentlemen racer, Pietro Palmieri.

• On August 21, 1951, Palmieri drove it to a second overall and first in class finish at the third Giro Delle Calabrie on race number 823
• A week later he took a fourth overall and first class finish at the Coppa Adriatica on the Senigallia Circuit
• On September 15th, 1951 Drivers Bobby Baird and Jean Lucas turned a sixth place finish and best in class at the Royal Automobile Club’s Tourist Trophy in Dundrod, Ireland.

In the 1970 and 1980s, its Hollywood days behind it, chassis 0102 E bounced around with a series of owners in California, Michigan, Illinois and Missouri, and it ran the Mille Miglia Storica in 1988 and 1989.


Bacchelli & Villa Restoration

In October 2007, Martin Gaensler of Gersthofen, Germany, sent chassis 0102 E to Bacchelli & Villa for a mechanical restoration. With a Prancing Horse nose badge and with fresh engine, Gaensler drove it on the 2009 and 2011 Mille Miglia Storica. The car was issued Ferrari Classiche’s “attestation for cars of historical interest” (white book – and meaning cars modified in period) but it couldn’t receive full certification (red book) because of its Burano body modifications.
Between 2007 and 2009, Gaensler had more work done at Bacchelli & Villa: the Burano -modified original body was removed and a new duplicate Burano body was built on the same chassis by Bacchelli & Villa. At that time, it was deemed that the original Touring/Burano coachwork had become too fragile for future use but, thankfully, Bacchelli & Villa kept the original Burano modified Touring body in the warehouse.
In 2015, chassis 0102 E found Tom Peck in California, its present owner, whom travelled to Italy to relinquish the original Ferrari/Touring/Burano coachwork. After considerable deliberation and computer analysis, and using full size drawings and period pictures, it was decided to convert the original Touring body back to its 1951 barchetta beginnings, so Peck returned to its original chassis just as Palmieri ran it on the 1951 Giro delle Calabrie in race number 823.

Back to Pebble Beach

The new improved 0102 E was seen for the first time at the Ferrari Club of America National Concours in Daytona Beach on April 2017, receiving te Platino Award and the Phil Hill Award for the Best Competition Ferrari in the Concours. It was also on the lawn at Pebble Beach in August 2017. It was also selected to be painted as the Pebble Beach poster for 2017 in celebration of Ferrari’s 70th anniversary.

So today 0102E has come to full circle. It ran with its original body from 1951 when new, until 2009 albeit with its Burano modifications for most of those years, and now, once again, sans the Burano mods, beginning in 2015. The new Burano body built by Bacchelli & Villa in 2009 came with the car and is with Tom Peck.

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Source: Cavallino, Issue 220, August – September 2017

2017 Ferrari 70th Anniversary Concourse D’Elegance

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The Ferrari 70 Concorso d’Eleganza held at Fiorano to celebrate the Ferrari 70th anniversary saw 120 entrants, spanning from one-off GTs to prototype cars fight for the Best of Show in the GT and Competition trophies.
Four Ferraris restored by Bacchelli & Villa has been awarded at the Concourse d’Elegance held at the Factory track in Fiorano:

1969 Ferrari Dino 206 GT NART s/n 00306 awarded Best in Class

This Dino raced in the 12 Hours of Sebring in 1969, thanks to Luigi Chinetti with drivers Sam Posey and Bob Dini. Car no. 38 in metallic night blue with red and white stripes on the bonnet fiished 36th overall an ninth in its class. It was then exhibited at the New York Motor Show and sold. The current owner, who wrote a book on the Dino, restored it as original with Bacchelli & Villa.

1994 Ferrari F40 GTE s/n 88779 awarded Best in Class

A racing specimen made for Ferrari by Michelotto. Purchased by Team Ennea whom competed in the colours of Ferrari Club Italia, chassis n. 88779 partecipated at the BPR Global endurance GT Championship in 1996, including the 24H or Le Mans. Crewed by Della Noce/Schiattarella it won the 6 Hours of Vallelunga. It was then sold in France in 2005 to the current owner.

1972 Ferrari 365 GTS 4 s/n 15911 Collected 2nd in its Class

Sold in 1972 to an Italian customer, chassis n. 15911 is still in its original configuration of metallic silver/grey with black interiors. Ferrari produced the 365 GTB4 and the related Spider GTS4 between 1968 and 1974. It was nicknamed Daytona in honor of the sweep win at the Daytona International Raceway in 1967.

1966 Ferrari 275 GTB s/n 08577 Collected 2nd in its Class

This is one of the rare 275 GTB “long nose” cars with 6 carburettors. It was produced in Maranello on May 6th, 1966 and sent to Garage Francorchamps in Belgium to be delivered to its first owner. In 1968 the car was sold in the United States, where it stayed until 1989 to then be sold in Switzerland. The vehicle was completely restored in 2005 by Bacchelli & Villa ans was one of the first cars to be certified by Ferrari Classiche.

2017 Ferrari Cavalcade Classiche

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Twenty Ferraris from over 20 countries have taken part in 2017 Ferrari Cavalcade Classiche, a special event devoted to the cars that have made the history of Ferrari and selected Classiche Clients. Taken place in Tuscany on May 5-7, Ferrari Cavalcade Classiche brought its customers from all over the world to famous places in Italy, promoting Italian excellence in art, history, and gastronomy together with local specialties.

From the beaches of Versilia, clients and their Classiche Cars set off each day in their vintage cars to discover art cities such as Pisa, Lucca and Modena, fishing villages like Lerici, towns packed with history such as Pietrasanta, hazardous mountain passes through the Apuan Alps and the Apennines, to finish in Maranello with a unique fashion show inside the factory. Every day clients were exposed to unique experiences, such as being part of the extraordinary Ferrari display outside the Cathedral of Pisa, the parade on the walls of Lucca or the stop at the birthplace of Enzo Ferrari in Modena.

The cars entered in the event include the most important models in the history of the Prancing Horse: specimens like the 340 Mille Miglia, the 250 SWB, the 250 Le Mans, the 250 Tour de France, the 500 TR, and the 860 Monza. It has been a” travelling exhibition” as never before seen, a unique opportunity to admire the 70 years of the Ferrari myth.