“Gatto,” a daring, blue Ferrari 250-powered aluminum-bodied coupe – the latest coachwork creation from Moal Coachbuilders of Oakland, Calfornia – will be on display inside the Moal booth at the 24th West Coast Nationals presented by Flowmaster August 27-29 at the Pleasanton Fairgrounds! The car made its world debut on Friday, August 13th, at the Quail Lodge Motorsports Gathering in Carmel Valley, CA.
Nearly three years in the making, this hand-fabricated creation unites exterior themes from late ’50s Ferrari, Mercedes-Benz, Abarth Zagato and Maserati sports performance vehicles in a modern, highly-tractable and road-ready performance package.
The 2,300-pound Gatto rides on a race-bred semi-monocoque chassis. Hand-formed aluminum body panels are affixed to the chassis components via Moal’s specially-developed superleggera (Italian for “super light”) process, one in which panels are crimped to a sub-frame matrix.
Pumping out 300-horsepower at 7,500 rpm, the Ferrari V-12 250 GTO specification motor is hooked to a Tremac 5-speed manual transmission and is topped by six Weber carburetors. Polished Borrani wire knock-off wheels unite the car’s European sports car lineage.
Built for Marin area investment manager Bill Grimsley, the Gatto fulfills a criteria for personal and spirited motoring pleasure. Everything aboard from large, simple custom dash gauges, to custom-fitted leather seats and modern air conditioning reflect functional simplicity and reliability.
The Moal enterprise, which next year celebrates a century of Moal family dedication to the automotive arts in Oakland, has garnered world attention for carrying forward into the 21st Century a decidedly early 20th Century coachbuilding craft – the early carrozzeria technique of hand-building motor cars through a number of specialized houses and techniques, everything from chassis and bodywork specialists to engine builders and upholstery artisans.
Stop by the Moal booth in Pleasanton to see Gatto up close and talk to the Moal family about their products and services. You’ll be glad you did!