Top 5 Geneva Oddballs: An Italian Corvette, a Spanish Viper, and Amphibious Cars
The 2013 Geneva Motor Show might be most notable for unleashing the new Ferrari LaFerrari, Lamborghini Veneno, and production-ready McLaren P1 on the world, but there were also quite a few obscure, oddball, and plain weird cars shown at the show, including an Italian interpretation of the C6 Chevrolet Corvette, a Spanish take on the SRT Viper, and some rare Amphibious cars.
Soleil Motors Anadi
From the “What were they thinking?” department, I bring you the Soleil Motors’ reboot of a C6 Corvette. Yes, you read it right—these Milanese geniuses are entering the market with a car based on one that’s left it. The company supposedly buys just chassis and engines, but I see plenty of gauges and so forth. All panels are handmade and the interior is all bespoke (was it our constant harping on the C6 interior that inspired this little enterprise?). They have sufficient C6 stock to make 25 cars this year, selling each for 225,000 euros (about $292,000 U.S.). The first one, finished in sparkle gold paint that doesn’t photograph well, is headed for Dubai.– Frank Markus
Spania GTA Spano
Quick, name this Spanish supercar from the home of paella! Give up? It’s the Spania GTA Spano, a mid-engine monster motivated by a twin-turbocharged Viper V-10 making a claimed 900 hp and 738 lb-ft of torque. Only 99 will be made, and we hear the company has a dealer arranged in the U.S., but don’t hold your breath. – Frank Markus
Italdesign Giugiaro Brivido
Somewhat upstaged by the all-wheel-drive Lambo-V-10-powered Parcour, Italdesign Giugiaro also had this sleek-looking Brivido plug-in hybrid at the Geneva show. The Brivido is a true GT with room for four and luggage. It’s motivated by the same supercharged 3.0-liter V-6 in parent company VW’s Touareg Hybrid (not to mention the Porsche Cayenne and Panamera hybrids). The V-6 is paired with an electric motor/generator and an eight-speed automatic, making the Brivido good for 360 hp and 339 lb-ft of torque, which should motivate it from 0-62 mph in 5.8 seconds, with a top speed of 171 mph.
1965 Ferrari Dino 206GT Prototype
Que Bella! This is the same 1965 (Ferrari) Dino 206GT concept that debuted at the 1965 Paris show. This Aldo Brovarone-penned car was the last seen by Pinin Farina’s founder before he passed. It graced Pininfarina’s Geneva stand this year, overshadowing the new Pininfarina Sergio concept, which struggled to upstage this beauty. – Frank Markus
Who doesn’t love amphibious cars? There was a huge display of them at the show. Ranging from the obscure (like the Croco), to the purely conceptual, like the Rinspeed Splash, which used hydrofoils to allow it to hit 45 knots on the water. Also present was the famous Amphicar 770, and the Volkswagen Type 166, better known to most as World War II Germany’s Schwimmwagen.
Which oddball car is your favorite? In case you missed it, check out our full Geneva coverage here.