• Jun 24, 2010
1955 Bandini Siluro 750 – Click above for image gallery

When we think of lightness, our minds invariably track toward good old Colin Chapman. It's beyond arguing that the man spent a lifetime cranking out some of the world's most lightweight and well balanced cars, but creations like the Lotus 7 are downright rotund compared to the car you see above. It's a 1955 Bandini Siluro 750 cc, and if you have the means, it could very well be the most interesting thing in your garage.

By the time 1955 rolled around, Ilaro Bandini had been cranking out variations of his aluminum-bodied Siluro for around half a decade. The car began its life as a smaller, more lightweight interpretation of the old 1100 Siluro powered by a more compact 750cc four-cylinder engine with around 71 horsepower. Now, if you're thinking so few ponies sounds about as much fun as hopping into a pool of rusted fish hooks, keep in mind this winged phallus weighs a scant 750 pounds. No joke.

While alternatively powered examples spent their time racking up wins in various SCCA modified classes and went fender to fender in races like the Mille Miglia and the 12 Hours of Sebring, it was the wee 750 that was most true to the original formula. This particular example is going for a lofty $245,000 on eBay Motors and has numerous concourse accolades under its belt. Hop the jump for a few videos of the car motoring around.



[Source: eBay Motors]







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      • 4 Years Ago
      I'm sorry everyone but I am not into this car aesthetically. It is extremely small in the video, not much more than a go-kart.

      Impressive that it is so light but just not into the looks or the size. Seems that is the minority opinion.
      • 4 Years Ago
      The owner is grinding the gears. I'm guessing this is a non-synchro transmission?
      • 4 Years Ago
      Amazing
      • 4 Years Ago
      That is breathtaking.
        • 4 Years Ago
        I think most "winged phalluses" would be.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Amazing
      I like 2 have this one on my own


      jayj,
      http://www.supremetrucks.net/
      • 4 Years Ago
      That is so amazing......... fantastic look and good design.

      Definitely love to have one for crazy drive........

      Jack,
      www.esteemtrucks.com
      • 4 Years Ago
      Looks like one of the original hotwheel's,
        • 4 Years Ago
        I think I have that one....
      • 4 Years Ago
      That is amazingly light, and good looking. I have some bikes that weigh that (though they make more hp and about double the motor size).
      • 4 Years Ago
      i think simplecar just creamed himself
      • 4 Years Ago
      Lightness is all fine and dandy, as long as you dont crash or it doesn't kill your handling because of a flimsy chassis.

      Otherwise, more power to you. It's amazing this is so light.
        • 4 Years Ago
        There are these things called engineering and design that make it possible to have a light weight car still be safe. We really need to grow up and move beyond this simplistic idea that light weight is inherently without exception in direct contradiction to safety.

        Poor engineering can also make a large heavy vehicle very unsafe. Just remember the F150 of 2 or 3 generations back (the ugly girly one). It was a lead sardine can.
        • 4 Years Ago
        I'm just a little suspicious, that's all.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Whoa! A REAL car.
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