Event, The REB Concours, Rome

Event, The REB Concours, Rome

The Nicolis Museum at The REB Concours. Witness the Italian genius with the rare Zanussi 1100 sport from 1952

Villafranca di Verona, 09 June 2023 The prestigious REB Concours took place in Rome from 7 to 8 June in the splendid setting of Villa Alberico, the evocative residence of Prince Alberico Boncompagni Ludovisi.

Emotion is the protagonist, thanks to the presence of over 50 vintage cars divided into categories and a jury of well-known names from the world of journalism, entertainment, cinema and institutions.

Silvia Nicolis of the Nicolis Museum represented Italian genius with the exhibition (out of competition) of the rare Zanussi 1100 Sport from 1952 and its timeless charm, the testimony of the made-in-Italy creative mastery and the indissoluble link between the automobile and the design. The work of Fioravante Zanussi and bodywork by the Vendrame Brothers of Treviso, is a unique piece, an example of the “Speciali da corsa” cars made in Italy in the 1950s.

Together with Nicolis, three other important Italian museums exhibited their historic cars: the MAUTO National Automobile Museum in Turin, the Mille Miglia Museum in Brescia with Maria Bussolati, and the Fratelli Cozzi Museum in Legnano with Elisabetta Cozzi. Four ambassadors who, in addition to having awarded one of the competition prizes to the 1937 Alfa Romeo 6C 2300 B MM Berlinetta Touring, gave life to the debate “The car is feminine,” as established by Gabriele D’Annunzio. Moderator Alessia Lautone, director of the LaPresse news agency.

Six categories in the competition were judged by illustrious exponents of civil society and institutions based solely on the emotion aroused by the individual models. Paolo Liguori, director of Tgcom 24, chose the 1937 Rolls Royce Phantom III, “the most television” protagonist of the film Agent 007 Goldfinger Mission, the journalist and television commentator Sara Manfuso was the one among the “young timers” who most attracted her the 1999 Ferrari 550 Maranello Fiorano; Francesca Lo Schiavo, awarded the 1929 Rolls Royce Phantom I for “the pre-war cars,” while the new director of the Unit Piero Sansonetti elected the queen among the “popular” cars the 1961 Fiat 600 Multipla (for the “Bianchini” category aside, dominus of judgment the general commander of the Coast Guard Nicola Carlone, who awarded the 1966 Autobianchi Bianchina Berlina). The actress Serena Autieri let herself be moved by the 1960 Alfa Romeo Giulietta Sprint, and finally, the judgment on the “opens” won by the 1965 Jaguar E-Type OTS 4.2 was entrusted to Ilaria Capitani, deputy director of information and insights of Rai 3. Finally, the President of the Jury, Benedetto Camerana, presented the most important prize to the car “Bella come Roma,” the 1925 Lancia Lambda spider Casaro.

“It was a great pleasure to have represented the world of engines in this precious setting,” says Silvia Nicolis “A unique experience of its kind; in addition to the beauty we admired, it was an important comparison between museums, enthusiasts, and institutions.”

In fact, on the 75th anniversary of the entry into force of our Constitution, the prize “art. 16” was presented to the 1956 Fiat 600 sedan, decreed by the constitutional lawyer Alfonso Celotto, based on his preferences on the “right to traffic.” Valerio Berruti, director of Repubblica Motori, awarded the “Aci storico” award to the 1969 Lamborghini Miura S, while the “gentleman Award” was conferred by Luca Giannelli, editor-in-chief of LA7 News, to the 1952 Lancia Aurelia B52.

Every year, the two days of the REB will be concluded with the concert of the Fanfare of the State Police. Two other participations in the 2023 edition that is good for the heart should be underlined: outline of 300 boys from the Gerini Technical Institute of the motor vehicle restoration and repair course (a profession that risks disappearing and worries all lovers of historic cars); and a double station “Hearts and Motors“, the prevention campaign for heart disease promoted by the National Institute for Cardiovascular Research (INRC):

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Note to the editor
ZANUSSI 1100 SPORT, 1952

Fioravante Zanussi (Pasiano di Pordenone 1894 – Treviso 1960) was an amateur driver, a trainer, and a small manufacturer of racing cars. In his workshop in Treviso, active since 1919, he has prepared hundreds of cars for local pilots but, to date, only 7 cars have been produced by Zanussi, with the first, a Fiat 508 C 1100, made just before the Second World War, with which the rider from Treviso Alberto Comirato won the title of Italian Champion in 1939.

In December 1951, Zanussi bought a 1929 Alfa Romeo 6C 1750 Compressor: starting from the documents of this car and noting down the transformations in October 1952, he created his Zanussi 1100 Sport. It is an entirely new car, a one-of-a-kind, equipped with a chassis of his creation, a platform tapered in the front part, with a flat floor, in steel with a rectangular section. Initially, the Zanussi 1100 Sport was equipped with the Alfa Romeo 6C engine deprived of two cylinders (the 5th and 6th) with a daring transformation carried out by Zanussi himself, brought to a displacement of 1168 cc.
Probably for reliability reasons, already at the end of 1960, at the time of the sale by the Zanussi heirs, the car was fitted with a Fiat Tipo 1100 B of 1086 cc engine. The modification was officially noted in the summer of 1961 when the new vehicle registration certificate was issued for the “Alfa Romeo Tipo Zanussi.” The barchetta-type aluminum bodywork is the work of the Carrozzeria Fratelli Vendrame of Treviso, which has dressed all the Zanussi. It is a wonderful example of the so-called “racing specials“, usually based on a Fiat, which also contributed to this type of use, made in Italy during the 1950s by a multitude of local tuners to be able to race despite the few financial means.


Among the most exciting and evocative private exhibitions on the international scene, the Museo Nicolis in Verona tells the history of 20th-century technology and design. The recognition of excellence derives today from the awarding of the most coveted and prestigious award in the world of classic cars: Museum of the Year at The Historic Motoring Awards in London and the Ruoteclassiche “Best in Classic – Museum of the Year“, the grand gala of the most coveted historic motoring in the motoring panorama. Further evidence of the value of its collections is sanctioned with the entry of Villafranca into the Città dei Motori circuit, the network that unites the 27 Italian municipalities, which offer the best of our country in this field together with international brands such as Pagani, Lamborghini, Ferrari, with which the Museum actively collaborates.

The birth of the Museum is due to the great passion of Luciano Nicolis. The story of life found its place in an exhibition space of 6000 square meters in 2000, the year of its inauguration. His masterpieces have been divided into ten collections to build an organic, professionally qualified, structured itinerary to satisfy the most demanding visitor. A journey through the history of the twentieth century among stories, lifestyles, sports, and myths in different historical periods. The opportunity to get to know our treasures that make up the ten prestigious collections: special hours to recharge your batteries, ready to return to your daily tasks with a unique experience in your luggage. Impossible not to be surprised and fascinated by objects and works of art that man’s ingenuity has been able to create. It is no coincidence that the Nicolis Museum represents a “unique” of its kind and is indicated as emblematic of modernbusiness culture. The concepts of “collection and reuse” that have guided the growth of the Lamacart Group are the same ones that fueled Luciano’s passion for collecting, allowing him to perceive the value of refined products that are currently forgotten and considered worthless.

The talent of its Founder only partially explains the success of the Nicolis Museum; the basis of his affirmation is the entrepreneurial management of the structure entrusted to Silvia Nicolis, president of the Museum and daughter of Luciano, who has focused on the promotion of culture, tourism and the enhancement of the territory, fully expressing her entrepreneurial vocation. Silvia Nicolis is vice president of Museimpresa, the association headed by Assolombarda and Confindustria to enhance the heritage of Italian industrial history. He is also a member of the Board of the Verona Chamber of Commerce responsible for Tourism and a member of the National Confindustria Culture Technical Group.

Where:              Nicolis Museum | Villafranca of Verona | Viale Postumia, 71
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