The Traveler Motors
The Traveler Motors
Pierluigi Boglioli is the right guy, he’s got skin in the game. He’s able to make everyone feeling at ease. It takes a look and a handshake for him to get along with his speaker. He’s confident and casual, but still very distinct.
After selling his historical sartorial company, he founded “The Gigi”, a new clothing company called with its own nickname together with his brother Mario.
We met in an incredible garage in Pancarale, a few kilometers from Brescia − his birth city − with his wife Daniela.
Cars are one of his biggest passions, born on the streets of Brescia where the Mille Miglia race takes place. Moreover, “Italy’s lioness” − the nick Aleardo Aleardi gave to the city in his 19th century poem − is still the starting and ending point of this legendary race, first as a speed competition (1927-1957) and since 1977 as a parade for vintage cars.Nowadays, together with his brother Mario, he’s the owner of a car collection, vintage models mostly.
Ermini 357 Sport 1500
In 1932, Officine Ermini opened its doors in Florence, setting up cars for local gentlemen drivers. This happened thanks to Pasquale Ermini, who was mechanic and a driver for Scuderia Materassi. In 1946, he built his first car: a Fiat 1100 chassis, powered by an Alfa Romeo 2.5-L engine. Ten years later, due to Ermini’s health issues, the production was stopped.
The 357 Sport was designed by Sergio Scaglietti and recalls a smaller version of the well-known Ferrari 750 Monza. It has a 1431cc engine with 120 hp at 6200 rpm. The chassis was made by Caiani, in Modena.
The car weights 520kg.
It’s Mr. Boglioli’s favorite racing car: it’s light, easy to drive and very reliable.
The queen of supercars has been producted from 1987 to 1992. A total of 1311 F40s were manufactured. It was the successor of the 288 Evoluzione and it was the last car built under Enzo Ferrari’s supervision, plus the last one with a turbo-compressed engine before the California T − 27 years later. Moreover, it was the first sportscar in Maranello’s history made of various composite materials: Kevlar for the chassis, fiberglass for body, aeronautical resins for tanks and plexiglass for side windows. At its time, it was the fastest sportscar in the world, with a top speed of 324 km/h. The body was designed by Leonardo Fioravanti and Nicola Materazzi − who also developed the engine, the gearshift and other mechanical features. It has a 90° V8 engine with two turbochargers, able to release a staggering 478 hp at 7000 rpm.
It weights 1155 kg.
Ferrari 750 Monza
The Ferrari 750 Monza is a World Sportscar Championship racer produced in Maranello from 1954 to 1955. Its lowered nose − which anticipated the iconic 250 GTO − was designed by Dino Ferrari himself, while the bodywork was penned out by Scaglietti. It has a four cylinders 3.0-L engine, designed by Aurelio Lampredi, developing 260 hp at 6000 rpm. This car reaches 260 km/h. In 1954, the car raced for its first time in Monza, where both cars finished 1st and 2nd overall.
Only 31 exemplars were manufactured.
The Giallo Corsa car you see in our pictures, chassis 0552M, was driven by Jacques Swaters at the Spa Grand Prix in 1955: got second place in the race, even he led the race for most of the time. The car has recently been certified by the Ferrari Classiche department in Maranello.