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1972 Marciano 268A Granturismo


1972 Marciano 268a

This car, a high-bread 'Alfa 33 Stradale' created by the private constructor in Ponsacco (Pisa, Tuscany) Italy, Mr Vincenzo Marciano. The car is known as "Alfa Romeo Marciano 268A". This beautiful car was built in 1972 by taking a V8 from an Alfa Romeo Montreal, the super light 13-inch Campagnolo made magnesium wheels off a Alfa Romeo 33 Stradale, windshield and headlights from Ferrari 250 LM, Jaguar differential, an in house build the frame with small tubes of molybdenum steel, designed and implemented a low and sleek lightweight body.

During his work he lent that Montreal engine to a friend who raced it into an off-road competition with a 4x4,replacing the mechanical fuel injection to carburetors (4 X 40 Webers) and tuned from 197 hp to 230 hp. The 2.6 Liter V8 engine came back and placed in the 268a; it was very powerful.

Marciano 268A magazine article Source

The Granturismo was tested and photographed in Pisa, adding art to art in the magnificent setting of Piazza dei Miracoli. And perhaps a miracle if you can speak after years of study and research is built like a car, an expression of individuality and passion that drives a person to create a car so exclusive. The heart and soul came from the glorious Alfa Romeo, fortunately, served to create a dream supply of power and credibility and ensuring that the imagination became reality. The car has seen a little competition in the 70's to the early 80's.


Cerrina

First project of a 22-year-old named Vincenzo Marciano, who in the '70s dreamed of running with a car built on their own. He worked at Pistoni Asso (Ace Pistons), and in his spare time, given the passion for racing cars, he had improvised a builder, building a tube frame with iron, an Alfa Romeo 1.3 GT engine and a transmission from a Fiat 600. While not yet an expert panel beater had equipped his car with an aluminum body.

It took its name from the Cerrina track near Turin, designed specifically for the purpose of going for a run on the track where there was a championship for homemade prototypes. Though the project is completed, the Cerrina track closed, and the young Vincenzo had to abandoned his dream of being able to run on that track. He only ran the car in the Ponsacca area and subsequently the car was sold and then later destroyed.


Article and Video by test driver Davide Cironi

Test driver Davide Cironi taking in the sights, smells and sounds of the 1972 Marciano 268A Granturismo
1972 Marciano 268A Granturismo
1972 Marciano 268A Granturismo

"Marciano 268a is something unique. How it sounds, how it goes. Unbelievable! It wasn't built by Alfa, not by Ferrari or Maserati, it was entirely handmade by an Italian artisan called Mr Marciano, in Tuscany. The man thought that Alfa Romeo did something too fast in the 60's, with the 33 Stradale after the TZ2, and he would have liked to see a missing link with front engine and V8. A car never born. So he found a Montreal engine and started to build his own supercar. 18 years after he finished the 268a (2.6 cc anteriore) with 250 LM windscreen, Jaguar E type differential, Ferrari headlights, GTAm wheels. During his work he lent that Montreal engine to a friend who raced it into an off-road competition with a 4x4, and it was tuned to 230 hp. So when the 2.6 V8 came back in the 268a it was much powerful and converted to carburetors ( 4 - 40 weber). All the rest has been build from Mr Marciano in his workshop, in Ponsacco (Pisa, Tuscany) and result is stunning, perfect. In my video report you can see and listen to it, but I must warn you, it's intoxicating and live experience is even worst."



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