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CABI-Cattaneo Gilco 6C2500, built on the Alfa Romeo 6C2500.


C.A.B.I. Cattaneo was established in 1936 by Giustino Cattaneo and his son Guido. C.A.B.I. is the acronym Cattaneo Applicazione Brevetti Industriali. Giustino Cattaneo was awarded the gold medal for Aeronautical achievement with the following distinction: "He was a clever designer with unique and state-of-the-art ideas. He understands the requirements for the manufacture and production of advanced engines. His unique designs were used successfully in Aeronautical, Marine and Automotive applications. His design and manufacturing skills were demonstrated in World War One, with the extensive use of his unique designs in Italian Air Force aircraft. He also developed and manufactured the engines for the celebrated MAS Torpedo Boats.

After the War his engines were used in aircraft that were successful in international and transoceanic competitions. This success increased Italian presence and prestige in the international aircraft arena. The "ASSO" series of aircraft engines were produced in principal European countries under his direction and license. This type of engine was used on the Atlantic flights in 1931 and 1933 when the Italian Air Force was planning air routes to the Americas.

Along the way, there were some automotive projects, including a 600cc car that remained a prototype, a four-cylinder truck with tubular chassis whose production was taken on by Edoardo Bianchi. Later, for Lancia, they did some modifications to the cylinder head of the Lancia.

Giustino Cattaneo, by his accomplishments, has been placed among the leaders for Aeronautical development". Eng. Guido, his son, holder of several motorboat records, has been a most valuable technician as well, and, following his father's traces, has strengthened the Company technical heritage with the development of several products, particularly in the marine field.

Today C.A.B.I.'s focus is on Marine Development Applications. The plant is located at via Gallarate 64, Milan. Its production capability includes a wide range of numerically controlled machine tools. Through the use of advanced equipment C.A.B.I. Quality Control can provide precision inspection data.


CABI-Cattaneo Gilco 6C2500

Alfa Romeo had no involvement whatsoever in the construction of the CABI-Cattaneo Gilco 6C2500 so the "Alfa Romeo" name is probably not appropriate to use on the car except as an indicator of the engine used. But, it is possible to get too involved in the semantic specifics used for any car. Bob Tucker has a great car that is probably the actual car that won a prize at Lido di Venezia in 1950. If another similar car was made, then it becomes a prospect for the same history. I've not seen the photos of "Carlo's mystery car" (if I remember correctly as to how it was referred earlier in the thread) so I cannot yet comment on that. What would be needed moreover is the mechanical specification (chassis, etc.) to be similarly indicative of the capability to have made the history that is otherwise claimed for N. 1005. Personally, I think it would be great if there was another car that was built to essentially the same design and specification. So far, I've not seen any real evidence that there was such a car. Prove me ignorant and I'll add the car to the list of cars to be studied!



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