Passionless Expression. It Is Not

29 July 2022

For those of us that admire the Italian racers of the 1950s and 60s, the brothers Leonardo and Vittorio Frigerio have the perfect solution, the Effeffe Berlinetta.

A machine of great passion, strong personality, charm, plus the 50’s inspired road worthy café racer were the prime motivating factors that underly this car which satisfies wish fulfilment.

This beauty sits on a tubular frame designed using CAD technology, resulting in a rigid but light structure; the all-aluminium body is hand-hammered. The details of the body are all hand-made. The chassis settings can be fine-tuned to your personal preference.

The interior can be bespoke, allowing a range of finishes and colours for the paintwork, dashboard and even the colour of the pure wool carpets, and matching luggage, although heating and air conditioning are optional extras.

Matteograssi designed the cockpit interior, which, since 1880, has become world-renowned for the quality of its coach hide and leather couples with perfect hand stitching and attention to detail.

The car’s power is from a rebuilt 1971 Alfa Romeo twin-cam 4-cylinder 2,000cc engine and a five-speed manual gearbox, delivering 180 horsepower at 6500 rpm to a curb weight of much less than a ton.

The Effeffe Berlinetta is one pure Italian masterpiece. If most modern car design doesn’t do it for you, sit back and hold on tight because you’re in for one heck of a ride. Modern-day cars have come a long way, but with advancement comes a whole lot of passionless expressionism.

That is not the case with the Effeffe Berlinetta.