So it’s just an elaborate history lesson?
Er, not as such. While there were nods to the past, the Scighera was bang up-to-date in many respects and pretty pioneering in others.
The doors had a unique opening mechanism where the windows were roof-hinged, so they opened vertically in a kind of clamshell arrangement, but the doors were front-hinged and opened like a regular saloon car. And, if you wanted to, you could turn the Scighera into a targa top by removing the glazing altogether. Kind of like a Koenigsegg, come to think of it.
Inside, the seats are fixed in position, with an adjustable steering column and pedal box. Very spiffy.
And while the very historical Busso V6 – one of the all-time great engines – could trace its history back to 1979, it wasn’t exactly in sepia-spec. The Scighera used a 3.0-litre, twin-turbocharged version, mid-mounted, with a six-speed gearbox bolted to the front. This meant that the gearbox housing sat in the cabin, between the driver and passenger – underneath some soundproofing and leather, of course.
Even though the engine was turbocharged, it was still a free-revving Busso in the extreme – with a 7,500rpm redline and peak power arriving at 6,200rpm. Power was a very healthy 400bhp and 327lb ft, good enough for 0-60 in 3.7 seconds and in excess of 186mph.