Mille Miglia 2005

A superb car freely inspired by the 1959 Ferrari Testarossa and all the racing cars of that era. So it's not an exact replica, but an evocation. Based on a Ferrari 365 GT4 2+2, the Mille Miglia was presented at the 2005 Geneva Motor Show.

Franco Sbarro's Mille Miglia is an evocation of the 1959 Ferrari Testarossa (photographie radicalmag)


As always at Franco Sbarro, everything starts with a customer's request. Here, the client wanted a Ferrari that evoked the racing cars of the late 1950s. The Mille Miglia, which takes its name from the famous Italian race, is built from a Ferrari 365 GT4 2+2, surely supplied by the customer (that's just a guess on my part). The body is made of polyester, Sbarro's preferred material. This bodywork would later be used for other models, but this first model is distinguished by its side vents, which are mentioned but not opened.
The rear end is impressive, with two streamlined headrest extensions and four tailpipes (photo by radicalmag).

V12 Ferrari

The original car's V12 engine remains untouched. Fully original, it delivers 340 hp. As the Mille Miglia doesn't need to be heavier than the 365 GT4 2+2, the performance is sufficient, with the pleasure of driving in the open air (you won't have the choice anyway, as there's no soft top). Radicalmag magazine was able to test-drive the Mille Miglia, and the journalist was very enthusiastic. Two problems were raised: taller drivers have to look over the windscreen, not through it, and the speedometer didn't seem properly calibrated.

Just the basic instrumentation, V12 and manual gearbox: an idea of the automobile forgotten today (radicalmag photo)
The Mille Miglia, especially in yellow as shown here, is a beautiful car, which, importantly, is not an exact replica, but an evocation. At the 2006 Geneva Motor Show, Sbarro will be exhibiting two further examples: one painted white, the other red.

In brief
1- Free evocation of the 1959 Ferrari Testarossa
2- Based on a Ferrari 365 GT4 2+2
3- Manual gearbox and 340 hp V12 engine