Before the Lamborghini Diablo was introduced in 1990, there was the Cizeta-Moroder V16T. It was conceived by automotive engineer Claudio Zampolli in a joint venture with music composer Giorgio Moroder and designed by Marcello Gandini. The vehicle itself was developed by a group of ex-Lamborghini employees.
What sets this example apart from the production models is that it’s powered by two Uracco 90-degree flat-plane V8s that are combined create a 6.0L V16 engine, paired with a 5-speed manual transmission. The pristine Cizeta-Moroder V16T you see in the photos are of a prototype that is going up for auction at RM Sotheby’s Phoenix event on January 27, 2022 and should fetch at least $665,000 USD. In all, only 10-units were ever manufactured including this #001 prototype.
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Known as ‘The Father of Disco,’ Giorogio Moroder worked with many of the best-selling artists of the era and won a total of three Academy Awards and four Grammy awards throughout his career. Moroder met Zampolli at his Los Angeles exotic car repair shop, and their shared interest in sports cars lead to discussions on creating a new supercar. Zampolli’s partnership with Moroder, who acted as an investor, dissolved after the creation of the first prototype due to frustrations over delays, and Moroder’s name was dropped from the production cars,” said RM Sotheby’s.