While the goals were noble, the end product was really odd, especially at the front.
Coatchbuilt cars are usually a hit or miss as they largely strike a cord with a very audience with a niche design mindset. That said, the 1989 Ferrari Conciso is an especially odd one, as it took coachbuilt Ferrari design in a direction that was wildly odd and totally unimagined before. And while the thought and reasoning behind this unique one-off Italian car was sound, the end product is easily the oddest looking coachbuilt Ferraris ever built.
Designed by Bernd Rudiger Michalak Design Studio, a widely-famed company specialising in prototype development, the Ferrari Conciso was designed in 1993 as an imagination of design inspired by the Ferrari Barchetta and the Lotus Seven of the fifties. The car was based on the Ferrari 328 GTS Roadster and designed strictly under the firm’s philosophy that a sportscar is supposed to be athletic, with not a single extra ounce of extra weight; an ideology reflected in the name itself, where ‘Conciso’ literally translates to concise and to the point in Italian.
In accordance with this philosophy, the Ferrari Conciso was designed void of any doors, windows or a conventional windscreen and came with two neatly integrated crash helmets that were housed inside the side panels of the car. This meant that the one-off car was now 30% lighter compared to the based Ferrari 328 GTS, while honing the same 3.2-litre 270bhp V8 (typical to Ferrari nomenclature where the model number was derived from the engine capacity and a number of cylinders). This enabled the Ferrari Conciso to have an impressively low power to weight ratio of 4kg/bhp, which was enough to push the Conciso to 60mph (96kmph) in around 5 seconds, and continue acceleration to a claimed top speed of 278kmph.
When the Ferrari Conciso was first showcased at the 1993 Frankfurt Auto Show it recieved an overwhelmingly good response from the press and critics. Consequently, the 90s coachbuilt Ferrari went on to be awarded the second prize at the 1994 Eurosign Design Awards, ahead of the Nazca C2 Spider and behind the Bertone Blitz. Soon after the car was acquired as part of a private automotive collection, after which it surfaced again in 2008 at a sale on eBay. With 10,000km on the odo, the 1989 Ferrari 328 Conciso is one again going under the hammer at the Bonhams Chantilly Sale which will take place on September 10, 2017, where it will be sold with original documentation, a tonneau cover and two original helmets.