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1999 Sbarro GT1 show car – Click above for image gallery

GT1 road cars are hard to come by. Manufacturers are required by some motorsport sanctioning bodies to homologate their racecars with production versions, but these often fetch millions of dollars and are only made in extremely limited quantities. All the more so for Sbarro's GT1 show car.

Built to celebrate Mercedes' victory at Le Mans in 1999, the GT1 is a one-of-a-kind (well, two of a kind if you could the twelve-cylinder GT12 that followed the next year) concept built using many Mercedes components. The biggest is the 7.4-liter V8 engine producing 450 horsepower – which may not seem like much for such a big engine, but a huge amount of power by any other measure... especially over a decade ago.

The engine sits as a stressed member of the competition-style chassis, with a composite monocoque acting as its centerpiece, propelling the GT1 to sixty in 4.9 seconds and on to a 200+ mph top end. The cabin features two seats moulded directly into the body and covered in Alcantara (the pedals adjust to compensate) and are accessed through gullwing doors – another Mercedes tribute. And of course the styling is pure Sbarro. But the best part is that this one-off is up for sale. A million euros is the asking price, and if you're interested you can check out the listing here.


  • � Philippe Calvet, site "Franco Sbarro, l'autre fa�on de concevoir l'automobile"
  • � Philippe Calvet, site "Franco Sbarro, l'autre fa�on de concevoir l'automobile"


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      • 4 Years Ago
      Are those seat covers aniline dyed with marinara sauce?
        • 4 Years Ago
        possibly. it's one of the most disgusting seat I've ever seen in a car(yes that includes mumbai taxis).
      • 4 Years Ago
      As an adult, this holds no interest to me at all. Given my choices of cars that I could buy for 1 million euros, this wouldn't even be on my radar. However, I gotta say, if I were 5 years old again and saw this roll down the street, I'd be flipping out.
      • 4 Years Ago
      as others have already pointed out no MB's finished the 1999 24 hours of le mans. mercedes and le mans dont mix.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Actually, they won back in 1989 in the legendary Sauber C9. But that's only because they sourced the engine and not the car lol.

        But you are right before and after that. In 1955, a crash involving a Mercedes killed 77 spectators, then the famous flight in 1999.
      • 4 Years Ago
      mmm...pizza....oh wait, that's a car? oh. well, er....
      • 4 Years Ago
      I didn't know pizza places made motors...
      • 4 Years Ago
      Mmmmm Sbarro.








      Pizza...
        • 4 Years Ago
        "mmmm" and "Sbarro pizza" should never be uttered in the same sentence.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Built to celebrate Mercedes victory at Le Mans in 1999? Did they build it before the race, assuming they'd win? Mercedes didn't have much to celebrate by the end of that weekend.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Something seems off when you could do 200+ mph, but could only manage a 4.9 seconds on 0-60 on a car like this. Unless this is a typo?
      Lawrence Phoenix
      • 4 Years Ago
      Ah , a tribute to a victory that never occured by a firm they had nothing to do with..What next ?? A Salute to Mayonnaise with a custom sugar scoop ?
      • 4 Years Ago
      Damn you Gruv!
      • 4 Years Ago
      Wow, a million buck gets you o to 60 in 4.9 seconds? That means a stock Mustang GT blows the doors off this overpriced crap from the start, yeah, it looks great now doesn't it ? And that's just one of any number of cars for well under a hundred grand including a Corvette that makes this crap look like a kids first car. Write a bout it when they build a real one!
      • 4 Years Ago
      Awww, boohiss! You beat me to it :P
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