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Chassis no. 01396 - Engine no. -
Coachbuilder: Bertone
Categories: A- Concept and show cars; C- One-off models; E- Historic event cars; F- Cars owned by the famous
Owner: Blackhawk Automotive Museum (United States)
The first Berlinetta Aerodinamica Tecnica, an aerodynamic masterpiece of Franco Scaglione for Bertone
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The day of the inauguration of the Turin Motor Show, 22 April 1953, was a memorable date in the history of automotive style; the highly profiled Berlinetta Aerodinamica Tecnica 5 (B.A.T.), designed with exceptional creativity by Franco Scaglione, was presented at the Bertone stand. The body was a piece of wonderful skill by the panel beaters and appeared as an extravagant inspiration to critics and visitors of the Show, where the car displayed a rigorous design and the aim at revolutionising the difficult research work in the aerodynamic field with almost impracticable shapes. Built on Alfa Romeo 1900 Sprint mechanical components, the B.A.T. 5 also flaunted new technical-constructive solutions in the shaping of the wheelarche integral fairings and the spectacular, tapered and slightly converging tail fins. The car was sold to the American Stanley Harold Arnolt for USD 7,650 in October 1953 and then loaned to Herb Shriner, a specialized promotion man who displayed it at the International Motor Sports Show in New York (February 6-14, 1954), where the car was vainly offered at 25,000 US$. Arnolt kept it then in his showroom Hoosier International Motors in Warsaw, Indiana. The B.A.T. 5 covered about 11,000 kilometres up to 1956, when Arnolt sold it to a friend, Joe Prysak of South Bend, Indiana. In 1987, the car was offered for sale in Hemmings Motor News and bought by Said Marouf of La Jolla, California, who carried out a long restoration on it and then presented the vehicle at the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance.
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history - owners & events
22nd April 1953 - 3rd May 1953
Salone Internazionale dell'Automobile di Torino
| Turin | Italy
1954
Lockbourne National Sports Car Races
| Columbus - Ohio | United States
6th February 1954 - 14th February 1954
International Motor Sports Show
| New York | United States
20th August 1989
Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance
| Carmel - California | United States
24th January 1992 - 2nd February 1992
Autostory
| Genoa | Italy
23rd August 1992
Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance
| Carmel - California | United States
10th December 1995 - 12th December 1995
Essen Motor Show
| Essen | Germany
26th April 2002
Concorso d'Eleganza Villa d'Este
| Cernobio (Como) | Italy
driver: Paul Osborn
entry number: 56
11th June 2003 - 13th June 2003
Goodwood Festival of Speed - Cartier "Style et Luxe"
| Goodwood | United Kingdom
21st August 2005
Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance
| Carmel - California | United States


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