Back in time . . .
Tyrone Stoner has found almost 50 photos of the Italia. These include some of what is most likely, Italia #3 taken around the Italia's debut at the 1959 Turin Show. The Ludvigson Collection at The Revs Institute for Automotive Research has hundreds of photos taken by Edward Eves in 1959. Within this collection are never before seen images of the Italia, Dr. Ruffino and a Great Dane!
The Italia in the photos below is in Valentino Park near where the Motor Show was being held. Based on the date of the show, this should be between Italia #4 to #7. The reason we believe this not be #2 or #3, is that it has the Altissimo style rear taillights.
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Photos from the Trofeo Lumezzane hill climb which took place on Sunday, September 3rd, 1961 at the Coppa R. Cantoni. Driving the Italia was Masillio Bonomi, a well-respected race driver who campaigned a number of cars in the Fifties and Sixties.
The Italia did quite well, coming fifth in class (over 1300cc) behind four Ferraris. The Italia was 38th overall about one minute behind the race leading Ferrari.
The Bonomi family has strong ties to racing in Brescia and in the Mille Miglia.
Many thanks to www.sarezzolumezzane.it for granting permission to include their photos. To find out more about the race, please visit their site. And special thanks to Tyrone Stoner for originally locating the photos for us.