Found: Stuarti Sonata

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Perhaps not missed but definitely missing is the one-off creation of former Italian crooner Enzo Stuarti. In addition to sharing his namesake with Enzo Ferrari, Mr. Stuarti also fancied himself as a bit of an automotive designer, perhaps a hobby that blossomed after his stint as a test driver for Ferrari. Apparently, this exotic-if-not-ugly shell here on craigslist is the remains of his one-off, Lamborghini Miura creation called the Stuarti Sonata. You can find more information on this page, as well as on this biography website that has a decent photo of the finished product. Although it had exotic underpinnings (some experts claim it had the motor from a Jarama, and not the Miura), it doesn’t appear as if the car ever caught on, no thanks to its odd proportions and even stranger looks. The lack of a chassis indicates the drivetrain is long gone, hopefully having been reunited with the Lamborghini it was removed from. According to this old eBay listing, the complete car was for sale a few years ago, and now all that is left of Enzo’s dream is the much-maligned body. Does anyone know the whereabouts of the engine?

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Comments

  1. Cory

    Looks like it is where it should be. Hopefully a classic was saved with the chassis.

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  2. SoCal Car Guy

    The body shell is in remarkable condition considering its head-on collision with a Sequoia-sized ugly tree.

  3. Dolphin Member

    It would be nice to have some information in the CL ad, such as:

    – Is that black object in front of the car body (behind, on the hauler) an engine cradle?
    – Is there a cross-mounted V12 engine in it?

    If yes, that’s where most of the value is.

    • owner of the stuarti

      No it is not, it is the space frame to my vector M12.

  4. jim s

    what about the vehicles in the background? if this is for real then seller needs to do a lot of work on the listing. great find, maybe.

  5. Jeff Staff

    Good eyes! That could be the engine in front, and what looks like a white 911 in the background.

  6. Doug Towsley

    I *THINK* thats actually a pretty cool car!!! jeez, all the comments and websites are pretty mean about it. Not to everyone’s taste certainly but i like it! But what do i know??? I just recently sold my Fiberfab Jamaican (Loosely based on a Muira) and am focusing instead on my Fiberfab Banshee or Caribee whichever you prefer (The names changed) but i like it better with the curves than the jamaican. Only issues are the door openings as i am redoing that.
    So clearly, my tastes are suspect. After many years in the restoration business i enjoy instead a more relaxed attitude than the anal retentive bolt polisher world. I also have several prewar rat rod projects. Rust and Bullet holes! My friends are appalled.

  7. PRA4SNW PRA4SNW Member

    This may not be just a body shell, I can’t tell from the single picture provided. The ad never states that it is, plus also says that Fuel is Gas and Transmission is Manual.

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