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1963 ATS 2500 GT (Allemano)

ATS 2500 GT (Allemano), 1963
ATS 2500 GT (Allemano), 1963
ATS 2500 GT (Allemano), 1963
ATS 2500 GT (Allemano), 1963
ATS 2500 GT (Allemano), 1963
ATS 2500 GT (Allemano), 1963
ATS 2500 GT (Allemano), 1963
ATS 2500 GT (Allemano), 1963
ATS 2500 GT (Allemano), 1963
ATS 2500 GT (Allemano), 1963
ATS 2500 GT (Allemano), 1963
ATS 2500 GT (Allemano), 1963
ATS 2500 GT (Allemano), 1963
ATS 2500 GT (Allemano), 1963
ATS 2500 GT (Allemano), 1963
ATS 2500 GT (Allemano), 1963
ATS 2500 GT (Allemano), 1963
ATS 2500 GT (Allemano), 1963
ATS 2500 GT/GTS Brochure, 1964
ATS 2500 GT/GTS Brochure, 1964
ATS 2500 GTS, 1964
ATS 2500 GTS, 1964
ATS 2500 GTS - Teodoro Zeccoli and Gardi at Targa Florio, 1964
ATS 2500 GTS - Teodoro Zeccoli and Gardi at Targa Florio, 1964
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Automobili Turismo e Sport (ATS)
In 1964 this svelte coupe was manufactured from ex-Ferrari personnel to compete at the top the market. It used a bespoke V8 mounted behind the passengers with a high level of appointments.

Automobili Turismo e Sport SpA (ATS) was an Italian company with engineering support from Carlo Chiti and Giotto Bizzarrini. The company took full advantage of ther ex-Ferrari expertise and financing by Count Giovanni Volpi. Later when Bizzarrini and Volpi left, Chiti finished the design with his own V8.

Central to the 2500 GT was a bespoke 2.5-liter engine that not far off a Ferrari unit. It was an all-aluminum 90º V8 that could produce from 210 to 250 horsepower using Weber twin-choke carburettors. The 9000 rpm redline took full advantage of the Abarth custom exhaust and five-speed Colotti gearbox. A mechanical fuel injection system was offered as an option.

Holding the car together was a tubular steel spaceframe which sported a double-wishbone suspension bot front and rear.

Inside, the 2500 GT received a full leather treatment with a Nardi wooden steering wheel and electric power windows. Power brakes were also standard.

Bertone stylist Franco Scaglione was responsible for designing the exterior of the car. He penned a sleek fastback with an integrated front bumper and a rear hatch for access to the V8 engine. The standard GT model featured a steel body while the GTS was equipped with an all-aluminum body for events like the Targa Florio.

The first ATS appeared at the 1963 Geneva Motor Show as one of the first mid-engine sports cars to enter the market. The showcar was lavishly trimmed for touring unlike the racecars that followed it.

An aluminium bodied version with an extra 40bhp, known as the GTS, was also offered.

Ultimately, ATS only completed eight cars with some of the final cars using 3.0-liter version of the engines. As many as four unused chassis were manufactured when the company was liquidated.

Later, Volpi (one of the backers of the failed Serenissima team) reappeared and provided the backing to produce some 2500GT cars as Serenissima's, fitted with a quad-cam V8, but success was never attained.


Компания ATS (Automobili Turismo e Sport) была основана в первой половине 60-х бывшими сотрудниками Ferrari — Карло Кити, Ромоло Тавони и Джотто Биццарини с финансовой поддержкой графа Джованни Вольпи, владельца гоночной команды Serenissima. Итальянцы преследовали амбициозную цель — делать гоночные и дорожные автомобили, не уступающие по характеристикам машинам бывшего работодателя, но более доступные по цене.

У машин был дизайн от Франко Скальоне (тот взялся за работу как раз вскоре после разрыва с Bertone) и моторы V8 собственной разработки. Причем позже конструкция этого двигателя легла в основу моторов знаменитого гоночного автомобиля Alfa Romeo 33.

В 1964 г. два ATS были заявлены в Targa Florio, но до финиша ни одна машина не дошла. Вскоре фирма разорилась, а граф и компаньоны пытались сначала продавать старые модели под маркой Serenissima, затем появилась новая Ghia Serenissima (300-350 л.с.). Все же покупателей было недостаточно, чтобы производство могло продолжаться.

За короткую историю (с 1962 по 1965 год) успели построить лишь 12 дорожных купе ATS 2500 GT.
Source: www.supercars.net; www.classiccarcatalogue.com; www.autoreview.ru
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