the effeffe ‘berlinetta’ is a brand new sports car, not a relic that has spent 60 years beneath a cover in some barn in the italian countryside. the vintage-styled modern classic was built by the frigorio brothers with 3D modelling from solidworks, and was in development for a number of years.

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effeffe car’s founding-family-members, leonardo and vittorio frigerio, developed a love for fast, beautiful racing cars around europe. visiting iconic venues like the nürburgring and monza, and the fierce competition, made lifelong memories for them. but what the brothers’ really took away from their experiences was a well-rounded appreciation for the automobiles, and the meticulous craftsmanship behind them.



together they have created a hand-built, two-door aluminum coupé that could easily be mistaken for a classic, 1960s italian GT. the ‘berlinetta’ recalls a number of italy’s iconic race and road cars from the 50s and 60s, suchlike the alfa romeo ‘1900 SS zagato‘, or the ferrari ‘250 GT berlinetta SWB’, without paying homage to any specific one. while their approach includes the passion and techniques of a bygone era, the brothers haven’t abandoned modern technology. effeffe used on solidworks CAD systems in developing the rigid, lightweight steel tube frame of the 1,742 lb (790 kg) sports car.



the two-seat interior is every bit as attractive as the exterior, with hand-crafted matteograssi tan leather adorning the seats,dashboard, door panels, and transmission tunnel. the driver’s hands feel a warm, mahogany nardi steering wheel and the intuitive gear lever, while their foot controls the sports car with adjustable aluminum pedals hovering just above the wool carpet. the ‘berlinetta’s’ round-faced instrument panel features toggle switches and jaeger gauges.



the drivetrain on the effeffe ‘berlinetta’ is classic italian, using a front-mid-mounted alfa romeo twin cam four-cylinder, which originally dates back to 1971. naturally, the two-liter unit is coupled to a five speed manual gearbox, and two weber DCOE carburetors boost the power figures to 180 horsepower at 6,500 rpm.

  • Wonderful, but they perhaps reached back a little too far. I doubt it is fancy or fast enough for middle east Hotrodders ….and less than 5% of the US population would have ‘any’ memory of seeing anything like this to prompt an emotional attachment. Nicely done tho’.


    JimCan says:
  • If Hollywood is mining its back catalogue for ideas does that legitimise it for everyone else?
    However there is none of that irritating modern stuff like head-up displays, GPS, iPhone docks, electric windows, digital readouts, auto foldy in mirrors etc etc and other latter-day yuppie nonsense. Instead we get the sumptuous leather (nice stitching lads – theres a couple of dungeons in London I know of that would pay handsomely) a sinfully minimal interior, swooping lines that pull your eyes out like a magnet and red, bright red.
    While there is no indication as to cost or lead-time (do they really matter anyway?) I have simple tastes and just to read the words ‘wool carpet’ make me go weak at the knees in my polyester, propylene and naugahyde 4-wheeled cesspit.

    Adam Brocklehurst says:
  • A very nice design job, but why go all medieval with a 180hp manual transmission engine with 1971-era technology? It would be a far more interesting experience with either an automatic 460 hp V8 Maserati GT engine – or with a 400 hp electric drivetrain creating a unique retro future experience that people would die for… Right now it’s a very beautiful car, but is it enough beeing able to build a beautiful car today like they built them 60 years ago..?

    Michael says:
  • Well said Adam. Well said.

    Dieter Janssen says:
  • Beautifully retro styled car!

    lee says:
  • The drivetrain is an understandable choice. The Alfa four-banger is probably similar to the same twin cam engine that powered all manner of Alfa Romeo’s for years. It remains tethered to the past while demonstrating commendable power output for a naturally aspirated four. Still, I might have preferred extra cylinders if offered (a low displacement, flat-plane crank V8-or V12 would make noises that border on orgasmic. And interior and exterior? Heavenly.

    Greg Bailey says:
  • A great retro car as it should be. Bravo. One must have lived back in the 60’s to appreciate the effort to build this car. All the talk about bigger engine, electric drive train obviously cannot appreciate the 60’s technology or has driven any of those cars. Those of that have and can can congratulate the builders and we appreciate the outcome. Well done.

    Heinz Rengel says:
  • Anachronistic to say the least. This is art verses transportation. No front or rear bumper protection which limits where you’d actually drive this car. This is like an expensive piece of jewelry for someone with deep pockets … they exist.

    Leonardo Sideri says:
  • I just hope the sales vindicate their attempt at recreating much of the forgotten driving experience of those and earlier decades. Will the current generation warm up to an analog car? Will they like using two hands to start the engine? I think so. Interaction with the machine will be a major part of its appeal, much as with vintage sports cars.

    Ray says:
  • Love this Berlinetta! If you like this car, google Toroidion. Amazing hypercar concept. Retro design. Toroid & ion. Very, very strong & fast!

    Panu says:
  • the ƒƒ logo on the front grill shifts positions from photo to photo. Sometimes on the left, sometimes on the right, sometimes centred. Guessing it was added post-shoot?

    Anders says:
  • Ay what’s a matta wit you, putta eco-boost 4 banger from a mustang an you gotta real Italian Stallion…..

    Earl L Simmins says:
  • I know its very retro – thats why I love it. Super simple and no modcons – just for driving. Owning a TR5 I would definitely park this in the garage for company. 2 bright red cars – nothing better.

    Richard says:
  • With all the respect for the people who worked and spend hours on this project, I find that this is a pretentious re-creation of a mix between a Ferrari and a Maserati. I’m pretty disappointed with the line that adds nothing new to the wonderful and untouchable world of the old cars.
    A toy for fews which does not convince me…

    Paolo Zardo says:
  • Thank you! I am so tired of seeing these carbon fiber, multi valve & Turbo-ed monstrosities that the sight of a simple real driving car has me just thrilled. The sliding windows, open glove box, shifter, seats, wheel, and the cars lines are just totally inviting. I want to listen to Rush’s “Red Barchetta” now… I know that songs about an open seater, but what the heck, this car needs a good driving tune on it’s non existent tape deck.

    andrew says:

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