Father of Disco’s Cizeta-Moroder had ’80s looks, double pop-up lights and a V16

It’s still owned by Giorgio Moroder. For now. It’s up for sale.

Public auction home RM Sotheby’s is providing enthusiasts with a propensity for unknown Italian supercars from the 1980s a rare possibility. One of the standards it will certainly use during its January 2022 sale is the original Cizeta-Moroder V16T model that was shown at several auto programs.

Cizeta-Moroder isn’t a household name. When you believe “Italian wedge,” odds are you picture a Lamborghini Countach (or maybe a slice of parmesan). The temporary business was founded by former Lamborghini test driver as well as designer Claudio Zampolli with financing from music producer and also composer Giorgo Moroder, that is additionally known as the Dad of Nightclub. Bertone’s Marcello Gandini was appointed to make the vehicle, and Zampolli determined to power it with a 6.0-liter V16 engine in order to finesse far better established supercar companies like Ferrari.

Placed transversally behind the traveler area, the naturally-aspirated 16-cylinder engine sent about 520 horsepower as well as 398 pound-feet of torque to the back wheels via a five-speed manual transmission. These numbers were substantial for the late 1980s when Lamborghini’s Countach placed 449 equines under your ideal foot as well as a BMW M3 was ranked at 220 horse power. Zampolli and also Moroder worked together enough time to construct a running and driving prototype however the relationship in between both guys promptly soured. The automobile was subsequently renamed Cizeta V16T, as well as Zampolli developed 9 additional examples before his company declared personal bankruptcy in 1994.

The original model is the only example built with “Cizeta-Moroder” badging, and it’s still possessed by Moroder. RM Sotheby’s discusses that the model was unveiled in December 1988 at a high end celebration held in Los Angeles and also hosted by Jay Leno. It was additionally displayed at the 1989 editions of the Los Angeles as well as Geneva car shows. A number of vital details differentiate it from the manufacturing versions: the air intakes on both sides are larger, and also parts like the turn signals, the door mirrors, and also almost everything inside are specific to chassis number 001.

Moroder apparently had the auto refurbished by California-based Bruce Canepa in 2018 after maintaining it in storage space for several years. It’s said to be in running as well as driving condition as well as its odometer shows 322 kilometers, which represents roughly 200 miles.

If you believe this V16T belongs in your collection, you’re in good luck: it’s set up to cross the auction block during an RM Sotheby’s sale happening in Phoenix metro, Arizona, on January 27, 2022. We don’t have a pre-auction quote yet, yet absolutely nothing recommends that the winning prospective buyer will score the deal of a life time. In 2021, RM Sotheby’s marketed a 1993 model (framework number 101) for $665,000. We’re guessing that the initial prototype will sell for substantially more cash considering its historic value as well as the reality that it’s a documented one-owner cars and truck.

Numerous other classic automobiles formed like a door stop will be seeking their following home in Phoenix metro in January 2022. RM’s magazine likewise consists of a 1971 Ferrari 365 GTS/4 Daytona Crawler, a 1995 Ferrari 512 M, a 1978 Maserati Bora 4.9, as well as a no-reserve 1981 DeLorean DMC-12.