Sunday, April 8, 2012

ATS 2500 GT

ATS, or Automobili Turismo e Sport, was a small manufacturer located in Bologna from 1963-1965.  Founded by several disgruntled former Ferrari employees (Bizzarrini among them), their explicit goal was to better old man Enzo in both racing and on the road. 

Their 1963 F1 Tipo 100 was reportedly nearly undriveable and ultimately came to nothing.  The firm's only road car, the 2500 GT, was also destined to fade into obscurity.

Italy's first mid-engined road car, and among the first worldwide, the 2500 GT was equipped with a longitudinally mounted 2.5L SOHC V8 that made between 220 and 250 horsepower, depending on state of tune.  With no established reputation besides an abysmal F1 season, the 2500 struggled to gain a foothold in the market - after only a handful were built, ATS was forced to close forever in 1965.

What a beautiful failure.

There's a fantastic article on the car here.

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