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The Florentine sports car builder Ermini is making its grand return to the public eye with the Seiottosei Barchetta at the Geneva Motor Show, after about 50 years of being gone. Its latest model blends an old-school philosophy with modern styling.

Ermini is a sports-car maker out of Florence, Italy that the world hasn't heard much from for half a century, until news of a possible Barchetta Sport roadster cropped up last year. Then, we'd speculated that the Guilio Cappellini-penned car might eventually hit the road with a small-displacement, high-output powerplant, and a very low curb weight.

It's been fifty years since Italian automaker Ermini shuttered its doors, but it looks as if that hiatus has come to an end. The Florence-based sportscar manufacturer plans to launch a new creation, possibly called Seiottosei or 686, by the end of next year. The rear-engine, rear-wheel drive sportster will feature a space frame construction wherein the engine and the sequential transmission serve as structural members. The company isn't saying what sort of powerplant the car will use, though the

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