Elmar, my European correspondent, sent me a link to Classic Motor Action in Belgium (who is currently offering a Fiat 8V that is spectacular!!!), telling me they had Low-nose SS number 2 in their archive of cars they had sold at auction, sure enough they do. d’Amico and Tabucchi say of this car “Machino presso il servizio esperienze principali”. I’m not sure of the nuance of the Italian language but I suspect they mean this car was put to work by the factory for testing, shows, journalists etc. It’s good to know it exists as it is truly the second SS made behind 00012 and before 00006.
This is 00001, for sale on Hemmings right now (and soon to have a post of its own). Note the ‘Japanese Market’ placement of the mirrors way up on the fenders. Also note the side light placement, near where the Bertone emblem usually sits, 00002 has it in this position also. d&T describe 00001 as ‘Definita alleggerita’.
Back to 00002. Not much changed between this early car and the production versions one usually encounters. The door panels have an interesting shape to the gray inset. Steering wheel is a wood-rimmed accessory. Early pictures of this car show the rear view mirror mounted at the top of the windshield in the ‘modern’ position we all use today.
Notice the trunk is a hatch that doesn’t overhang like the ‘normal’ SS’s. Also note the lack of weld lines along the lower edge of the Kamm tail. Side spears are aluminum and don’t have the cat-eye style reflector built into the end.
Someday I will track down and buy one of these early cars but for now I will continue to work on 00413 and dream.