Journal: What Do You Think Of The Effeffe Berlinetta?

What Do You Think Of The Effeffe Berlinetta?

By Michael Banovsky
April 11, 2016
19 Comments

Photos Courtesy of Effeffe Cars

Hindsight is 20/20. We can’t will technology, society, or history to revert back to the way things were just because we’d prefer it, or it’d be easier. This presents a problem when—as far as enthusiasts are concerned—the Holy Grail of Motoring is most often a red Italian sports car, made in the 1950s or ’60s. Is it possible that the experience of driving a hand-built car is out of reach?

Not if Effeffe Cars has anything to say about it.

You’re looking at a handmade, 1,750 lb Italian sports car that sports an Alfa Romeo-derived 180 horsepower 4-cylinder engine up front, independent suspension, two seats, and traditionally-finished aluminum bodywork. You’re also looking at a brand-new car.

This “café racer,” as the company calls it, isn’t the first all-new handbuilt modern car—there are dozens—but it’s one of the few to so completely capture the look, style, and passion of Italian sports cars from the ’50s and ’60s. If you want one instead of a newfangled electric car, chances are you won’t be #325,001 in line, either: better just give Effeffe a call.

What do you think of this new-but-traditional sports car?

You can follow Effeffe’s progress and order your own on its website and on Instagram.

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Michel
Michel
6 years ago

What a cute car, you left off the pink bow. Another petite Alfa Romeo….How cute…stop it! Either V6-twin turbo or V-8. No more cute Alfas and don’t forget to put a stick shift in it. If people nowadays like paddle shifters…and dont know how to drive a stick, buy a paddle-shifter or automatic and you’ll get the feel of driving a toy.
Stick Shift for Alfa…no Compromise and no more “cute, petite Alfa vehicles”. Another Alfa wanna be. Build some cars with some balls! V6 twin turbo or V8 w/TWO doors and a STICK Shift that will blow Porsches, away and will outcompete against Astons and Ferraris, etc… The Alfa Romeo Company is no lightweight so stop treating it as if it was a Fiat. Build sports cars w/2 doors no sedans. The Alfa Romeo Company is no Eunuc brand. STOP IT! Stop the cute crap! enough! Compete against top Italian marques not Toyotas. Enough!

Ray Houghton
Ray Houghton
6 years ago

è una bella macchina

Jim Simpson
Jim Simpson
6 years ago

The car is an artful blend of familiar shapes from the 50’s and well done and well balanced… using the Alfa 4 was in my mind a brilliant move and I hope the project is quite successful, even if it should not turn out to be viable the creation of this little masterpiece as secured it a place in Automobile history… Kudo’s on a brave new retro style creation…

Pierre
Pierre
7 years ago

All I can say is don’t knock until you’ve tried it. Having owned a couple of mid 60’s Alfas (Giulia and Duetto), the Alfa four cylinder changed my mind. It’s a delight, dual overhead cams, Webers, revs freely, sounds like a sports car from a 60’s James Bond movie. Paired with the right chassis, not too much weight, and period appropriate tires it will put a grin on your face in no time on a twisty road. Don’t get me wrong, I love V8’s as much as the next guy, but it’s not always about horsepower. Just my two cents!

Dr. Lou Jacobs
Dr. Lou Jacobs
7 years ago

I love it. The awkwardness adds to it’s beauty.

Todd Cox
Todd Cox
7 years ago

Gorgeous car. I’m a huge fan of anyone wanting to build something like this. For those decrying a V8… This car weighs nothing (and I’m sure the 4 helps retain a near 50/50 weight distro). My little Miata is now supercharged and puts 189hp on the ground and weighs more than this car does. My Miata is very, very quick, and this thing would be measurably faster. A screaming I-4 is every bit a delight to hear. Full marks and a solid Bravo from me.

Henning Heinemann
Henning Heinemann
7 years ago

Swing and a miss. It was a good try, but there are some small proportion and line placements that make it look awkward.

Paul Shank
Paul Shank
7 years ago

I loved the comments and most are right, that hood line cries out for a V-8, or should I say a 8-V.

JDSE92/964
JDSE92/964
8 years ago

Do I love it? No. Do I hate it? No. Some curvature to the side windows would do wonders in my opinion. And a V8, even a small one. I realize it’s not necessary, but….it’s necessary

Adam
Adam
8 years ago

The car is really pretty but it should have a v8. There are plenty of engines to chose from.

Stephan P
Stephan P
8 years ago
Reply to  Adam

Why a V8? In the time period this represents there were very few Italian V8s
It’s important to these builders to keep the content Italian so I’m curious which of the “plenty” would you choose? The only ones I can think of are very rare.

ChasH
ChasH
8 years ago
Reply to  Adam

It’s not so much the engine but the chassis. The car is likely being sold as an early ’70s rebuilt Alfa. Put a different motor in there and the authorities are gonna nix the car.
Even if a small V-8 would pass muster, which small V-8? The Alfa engine is quite light as is the entire care. How about an Alfa V-6, which a glorious sound just sittin there at idle?

Edward Levin
Edward Levin
8 years ago

It’s a beautiful car. I just wish it wasn’t such a straight knock-off of early Pinin Farina Ferrari, with a knock-off Zagato roof.

Nicolas Moss
Nicolas Moss
8 years ago

Is it even possible to register something like that in the US?

ChasH
ChasH
8 years ago
Reply to  Nicolas Moss

Doubtful, unless the car is accepted by the g’ment as a rebuilt old Alfa.

Guitar Slinger
Guitar Slinger
8 years ago

From all appearances in the photographs … its a beauty . the question being why on gods little green earth would I buy a new car with 1950’s technology …. and at what price ?

To be honest … Steve Moal’s Gato is more my cuppa well brewed espresso . All the appeal of a 50’s exotic … with all the performance , comfort , reliability and drivability of a modern supercar .

http://moal.com/04_gallery/11gatto/index.php

But still … I do love the looks of this Effefe … though the name has go to go ! I can just hear it now ;

‘ Hey buddy …. nice Effefing car y’alls got there ‘ …… or ” So what the Effefe is that thing anyway pal ? ‘ …… Jeeze .. doesn’t anyone these days consult with a linguist /polyglot before choosing their business/product moniker ?

Guitar Slinger
Guitar Slinger
8 years ago
Reply to  Guitar Slinger

PS; I’ll make you a little wager Banovsky assuming Petrolicious and myself are still around by then . In the next decade … everything .. including cars and M/C’s will revert to simpler more basic , functional designs and technology .. albeit with updated materials and engineering .. not because they’ll want to mind you … but because they’re gonna have to .. that is assuming the manufactures wish to survive . Want an example already in the works ? Have a look see at Gordon Murray’s city and sports cars he has on the books … just waiting for the light of their eventual production day . Want to know why ? Because my fellow ‘ sky ‘ .. this debt driven economy [ worldwide ] and the wretched excess manufacturing and technology for technologies sake surrounding us.. not to mention all the negative effects on the world/environment etc … is coming to an end . Whether a gentle fade or a crashing halt depending on the powers that be either coming to their senses and surviving .. or trying to maintain the status quo … and crashing into the abyss . Read ” At the End of an Age ” by John Lukacs … and a quote or two from now deceased Wall Street mogul , Capitalist extraordinaire and the originator of Over the Counter Trading : Morris Cohen back in 1972* …

*[ hint ; Morris Cohen is the father of Robert Peter Cohen .. otherwise better known to the likes of you and I as Peter Coyote ]

Christopher Gay
Christopher Gay
8 years ago
Reply to  Guitar Slinger

Good artist, that Peter.

Gianni Pogliano
Gianni Pogliano
8 years ago
Reply to  Guitar Slinger

“Effeffe” stands for “F.F.”= Fratelli Frigerio, meaning Frigerio Brothers, Leonardo and Vittorio, makers of this beauty. You might well read it like “F.F.”, in the italian language it just sounds a little longer. Think it’s rightly named, just like the history of Italian top carmakers tells: Ferrari, Lamborghini, or Pininfarina (which, by the way, was Pinin (name of Giuseppe Jr) + Farina (surname). Hope it helps… cheers.

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