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From LA to Bacchelli & Villa: the restoration on 1951 Ferrari 212 Inter Ghia Body Alloy Coupe at this year’s Pebble Beach Concourse d’ Elegance

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When Ferrari Westlake friend and client David Nelson purchased his 1951 Ferrari 212 Inter back in 1988 in Los Angeles, the car was an absolute basket case, literally bought out of an L.A. junkyard, and while it came with its non-original later 212 engine block, it had no motor or transmission.


Nelson arranged to send the car  to his friend Franco Bacchelli at what was then known as AutoSport in Bastiglia (MO) Italy, for a total ‘nuts and bolts’ restoration, which was performed in two tranches into the 1990’s and in 2014 which brought the 1951 Ferrari 212 Inter Ghia Body Alloy Coupe you’ll see at this year Pebble Beach Concourse. It was taken back to its original configuration, down to the original silver-blue color the car had at the 1952 Torino Auto Show for the factory.


The car was successfully showed at the 2013 Amelia Island and nearly won its class, settling for 2nd place in class. At that time, its V-12 engine s/n 0145E was found and the car will be soon complete its red book Ferrari Classiche Certification process.


As David says “This was an effort that could not have been done without the talented efforts of Franco Bacchelli and Roberto Villa of current Bacchelli & Villa fame, and with the tireless efforts and help from many friends and experts back in Italy.” And we are grateful to David for the longtime trust and friendships to Bacchelli & Villa, Ferrari Westlake and Mattioli Auto Group and for sharing his story and passion with us.

Cavallino Classic 2019

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To commemorate 60 years of the glorious 250 GT SWB, Cavallino is honoring them in 2019 and Collezione BY MAG are proud to be in attendance at such an iconic and much anticipated event for Classic Collectors from all over the world.

From 1959 to 1962 and beyond, these dual purpose berlinettas were Ferrari’s must-have GT car if anyone wanted to race – from professional pilot to gentleman driver, from the local hill climb to the Le Mans 24 hours. It could do it all – it had speed, torque, agility, reliability, endurance – and you could drive it to the store.

In addition, many consider the SWB as one of the best designs to ever grace a Ferrari chassis – neat, compact, purposeful, not an ounce of fat

Join us at the 2019 Retromobile, Paris

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2019 is set to be another exciting year for us classic car lovers.
Bacchelli & Villa is set to return to the 2019 edition of Salon Retromobile, in Paris from February 6th to the 10th. This year, boosted by the continuing success of previous years, Retromobile will be held in pavilion 1, 2 & 3, the largest and most prestigious hall at the Porte de Versailles Exhibition Centre, Paris. Considered one of the most relevant classic car expos in the world, Retromobile guarantees to be once again a premier rendez-vous for the most prominent car collectors.

We invite you to attend this famed event in Paris, and we will be glad to welcome you inside our hospitality area located in the main Pavilion (Hall 1, booth No. R015).

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Join us at the 2019 Cavallino Classic

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From January 23rd to 27th, Bacchelli & Villa, together with Collezione by MAG will join forces at the 2019 Cavallino Classic for a full week of car-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 concours d’elegance in the United States and the awaited year opener for the most discerning cars collectors. More than 140 Ferraris will be entering the Concorso d’Eleganza on the lawn at the Breakers Hotel, fighting for the prestigious platinum award and collect honors in 10+ dedicated Ferrari classes.

We invite you to join us in Florida for an amazing opening of 2019. For any inquiries or appointments, please do not hesitate to contact Marco Arrighi from Bacchelli & Villa   James Del Pozzo, Collezione By MAG General Manager or Ferrari Classiche certification expert, Emiliano Torkar.

New Video Highlights Restoration Techniques

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Discover the fascinating array of manual techniques used at Bacchelli Villa to excel in every step of a full classic car restoration. We are committed to preserving the Heritage of Craftmanship.

Panel Beating

Skilled artisans at Bacchelli & Villa excel in the art of shaping and forming panels thanks to the use of  tools such as the hammer, the sand bag, the wood stump and various presses. In particular, handmade 1:1 scale wireframes of the cars are used as a reference point and skeleton to shape the panels. Our workshop is famous for carefully respecting and restoring the proportions given by the Italian coachbuilders of the ’50s ’60 and ’70s.


Welding is needed to connect two pieces of iron or aluminum together. An expert welder will leave almost no trace of his work and seamlessly sew the two pieces to each other. Various welding machines and techniques are used in our workshop.

Filing & Grinding:

Once the body is close to completion, manual files and automatic grinders are used to smooth and even out the surface of the car.


In our four painting ovens, expert artisans prepare the car with a very thin layer of stucco, which is carefully assembled and disassembled and sanded over several days. Subsequently, the car is hand sprayed with layers of primers and only finally with the coat of high-quality paint selected by the customer.


In the very last stage of a classic car restoration, every panel, switch, knob, wire and button is re-assembled so that every component is perfectly functioning and every detail matches the client’s requests.



Bacchelli & Villa Inaugurates Renovated Facility Under MAG

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Ownership, clients, partners, friends and employees gather in Bastiglia (Modena) to inaugurate a new era of classic car restoration.

On the evening of Monday October 29th, Bacchelli & Villa opened the doors of its renovated state-of-the-art workshop, for the first time under Mattioli Auto Group ownership. A number of clients, partners, friends and employees from all-over the world responded to Giacomo Mattioli’s invite to witness the beginning of a new chapter in the shop’s rich history. Helped by a glass of local Lambrusco and a bite of Parmigiano, attendees were able to tour the entirety of the carrozzeria, observe all of its practical and cosmetic improvements and assist to a demonstration of panel beating during the evening.

In a brief speech, opened by thanking guests for attending despite the stormy weather, Mr. Mattioli outlined the importance of providing his craftsmen with an exceptional work environment, which in turn commends excellence in their daily work. He emphasized his love for the craftsmanship native to his hometown and the desire to protect it and propel it into the future by teaching the next generation. A special thanks goes to our Scuderia Corsa drivers, who visited us before the Finali Mondiali in Monza, best of luck to you! Right after, one of our masters, helped by two apprentices, awed the public by demonstrating how a 250 GT Lusso filone structure is used to model and beat the body panels into shape.

In the new configuration, every work area hosted a classic car in the different stages of restoration. At the entrance, guests were welcomed by a restored Lamborghini Miura SV, as well as a showcase aluminium body of the Ferrari 250 LM. Indoors, in the assembly bay, a completed red Ferrari 275 GTB long nose stoo next to a red Maserati Mistral Spyder. In the bodywork area, a Dino Sport Prototype occupied the graphed table, while a bare body 275 GTB (the 50th restored by B&V) shined mounted on a bridge. Next to it you could find the star of the night, the complete hand-built 250 GT Lusso wireframe bolted over an original chassis, used for the demonstration. Two more Lamborghini Miuras, two Maseratis and a Ferrari completed the display.

A new era is officially under way for the Heritage of Craftsmanship!

Celebrating all things Italian at the 2018 Concorso Italiano

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Monterey car week wouldn’t be complete without a generous dose of Italian flare; the best place for that is undoubtedly at Concorso Italiano! We were excited to celebrate the #33rd annual Concorso Italiano with our sister stores and a few new additions to the Mattioli Automotive Group. Bacchelli & Villa, Ferrari South Bay, Ferrari Silicon Valley, Ferrari Beverly Hills, Ferrari Westlake  and Collezione by MAG all joined forces to create an amazing VIP hospitality area, boutique and Ferrari display overlooking  the Ferrari pavilion.

Our eye catching Ferrari display contained a great sampling from the Mattioli Automotive Group’s many endeavors. Front and center was the brand new Ferrari Portofino sporting  impressive power from Ferrari’s award winning twin-turbo V8. Flanking the Boutique area was the Ferrari 488 GTB juxtaposed by its racing counterpart, the Scuderia Corsa 488 GT3 which had just returned from a valiant battle by Cooper MacNeil and Gunnar Jeannette at Virginia International Raceway where they took 4th place.

Opposite of these two sports cars was a bold blast from the past which was supplied by Collezione by MAG, our department that specialized in advising, sourcing and representing the finest Ferraris in the marketplace. This 1973 365 GTS/4 is the the 90th of just 121 Factory “Daytona Spiders”.

Complementing our display of stunning Ferrari automobiles were some examples of our fine work, delivered directly from our shop in Bastiglia (Modena). We showed off our skills with a 1:1 Ferrari 250 SWB wireframe, 1:3 Ferrari 250 SWB wireframe, and a miniature replica of the 599’s V12 engine.  Mr. Bacchelli and Mr. Arrighi also made the trip to represent the carrozzeria on American soil.  They spoke on the history of the shop along with the work that goes on to build the models on display.

Founded in 1972, Bacchelli & Villa is one of the most prestigious and renowned restoration shops in the world. Specializing in Ferrari, Lamborghini, and Maserati, you will find Bacchelli & Villa a few miles drive, through scenic Italian countryside, from the Factory.

Collezione by MAG is a dedicated Department specializing in advising, sourcing and representing the finest automobiles in the marketplace.

The duPont Registry: “Italian Restoration Shop Bacchelli & Villa made it to the United States”

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During this year’s Concorso Italiano at the Black Horse Golf Club, the duPont Registry had the chance to speak with Franco Bacchelli and our director Marco Arrighi. They were particularly impressed and intrigued by our wireframes! Read their article write up here.

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The Classic Cars Journal: Function Follows Forms at Ferrari Restoration Specialist

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During this year’s Concorso Italiano at the Black Horse Golf Club, Larry Edsall, the editor for the Classic Car Journal had the chance to speak with Franco Bacchelli and our director Marco Arrighi. This interview, which focused on our traditional approach of restoring Italian cars, was published online on September 5th and can be found here.

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Fresh From the Press: Cavallino Magazine on Bacchelli & Villa

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On its 225th issue (June/July 2018), Cavallino Magazine – one of the most respected sources of everything Ferrari for over 40 years – has covered the life of the “famous and revered” Bacchelli & Villa. Read about the journey of Bacchelli & Villa and its plans under the MAG Group through the eyes of Keith Bluemel and Cavallino Magazine:


“Carrozzeria Auto Sport (de Bacchelli & Villa), in Bastiglia to the north of Modena, was founded in 1972 by Franco Bacchelli & Roberto Villa, to maintain and repair sports and racing cars. Franco Bacchelli was the first employee at Piero Drogo’s Carrozzeria in 1960 where he worked for eleven years, whilst Roberto Villa learned his aluminum skills at the renowned Carrozzeria Scaglietti. As was well know, both of these companies had strong connections to the Factory… The surnames of the founders have always been synonymous with the maintenance, repair and restoration of the predominantly competition cars and quickly they built a reputation for the authenticity and quality of its work. This didn’t go unnoticed in at the Ferrari Factory, and only four years after starting their operation, in 1976, they were made an official Ferrari body shop. This was the start of an ongoing collaboration with the Ferrari Factory in Maranello and also the factory ‘s then Assistenza Clienti facility in Modena. After some privateer efforts at Le Mans with the 365 GT4 BB and the 512 BB by Luigi Chinetti’s North Americam Racing Team, the Ferrari factory agreed to produce a race version, which then became known as the 512 BB/LM. IN 1978 Bacchelli & Villa were awarded the contract by Ferrari ti construct these client race cars for their Assistenza Clienti department in Modena, as the Factory competition’s department was concentrated solely on F1. Between then and early 1982, a total of just three “normal” and twenty-five “silhouette” (with bodywork designed in Pininfarina’s wind tunnel) examples were produced, cementing the company’s close ties with Ferrari, with whom they have worked ever since in a number of veins.

Bacchelli & Villa has restored numerous significant road cars, including no less than fourty-nine 275 GTBs and a quarter of the total 250 LM production over the years. However, it hasn’t only been just Ferraris, but also other prestigious home brands like Lamborghini and Maserati, including a fine Maserati Quattroporte for ex-Ferrari F1 driver Rene’ Arnoux, a Maserati A6GCS with Frua coachwork that won Best in Show at Villa d’Este in 2003 and an ex Shah of Persia Maserati 5000 GT. 

In 2005 they became a Ferrari Classiche Preferred Body Shop, and since that time they have carried out bodywork restorations on a number of significant Ferraris for the Classiche department, such as the ex-Stee McQueen 275 GTB/4 to its original Berlinetta configuration – after a subsequent owner had it converted to a spyder – a pair of 250 LM, one of which achieved Platinum and won the Coppa Dodici Cilindri award at the 2014 Cavallino Classic, a 250 GT SWB Berlinetta and a 250 GTO.”

To be continued…

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