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Giocattolo Motori Pty Ltd was a short-lived Australian car company, founded in 1986 by sports car enthusiast Paul Halstead and Formula One designer Barry Lock. The company's name comes from the Italian word for "toy".[1]

Giocattolo Group B
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Overview
ManufacturerGiocattolo Motori
Production1986–1989
DesignerBarry Lock
Body and chassis
ClassSports car
Body styleCoupé
LayoutRMR
PlatformAlfa Romeo Sprint
Powertrain
EngineAlfa Romeo 2.5 V6
Holden 5.0 V8

The Giocattolo was originally based on a heavily modified Alfa Romeo Sprint with a mid-mounted Alfa V6 engine. By the fourth prototype, the V6 engine had proved to be too difficult and expensive to import and install in the car, so the company instead used a Sprint 4-cylinder body shell. The V6 was replaced by a rear-mounted Holden V8 engine built by Holden Special Vehicles. As well as being cheaper, these engines had more power than the Alfa engines they had originally intended to use; the reported top speed of the V8-powered Giocattolo was 160 mph (257 km/h). It is unknown what happened to the factory Sprint engines and gearboxes that were taken from the cars.

Including the Alfa-powered third prototype (which was rebuilt and re-fitted with the Holden V8 after an accident with a police car almost destroyed the vehicle), just fifteen Giocattolos were built before the company folded in 1989.[2] Thirteen of the fifteen cars are believed to still be in existence and one is unaccounted for. The other - Build No. 007 - was infamously destroyed in a fiery high-speed crash at Eastern Creek Raceway in February 2001, killing the driver, 29-year-old Todd Wilkes.[3]

The third prototype appeared on the TV show Beyond 2000.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Giocattolo". alfasud.alfisti.net. Retrieved 2010-03-04.
  2. ^ "Racing news". italiaspeed. Retrieved 2012-11-11.
  3. ^ Lamont, Leonie (2004-04-20). "Drag racer's death 'preceded by lack of safety precautions'". The Sydney Morning Herald. Sydney, Australia: Fairfax Digital. Retrieved 2012-11-20.

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