There were two trends in the 1980s that led to the unholy creation you see here. First was Group B rally, which saw Renault, Peugeot, Lancia, and MG all make wild mid-engine versions of their pedestrian hatchbacks designed for competition. Second was wealthy auto enthusiasts turning to tuners like Gemballa, Koenig, Rinspeed and others .
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Sbarro—which has no relation to the pizza shop—was one such tuner, founded in the early 1970s by a Swiss man, Franco Sbarro. Apparently for the 1984 Geneva Motor Show, Sbarro decided to get in on the mid-engine hatchback trend with something spectacular. The result was the Sbarro Super Eight, a wacky hatchback with the underpinnings of a Ferrari 308.
There is out there today, but it . At the top of the ad, the car's location is listed as being in Nice, France but the description says it's in Belgium. The car pictured is wearing a Swiss registration plate though, so who knows. It's somewhat sketchy, but in a way, that suits the car. After all, tuners like Sbarro were a favorite of the Miami Vice crowd.
In the pictures provided, some of the Super Eight's Ferrari origins are evident. The engine isn't shown, but inside, the dash and gated shifter are clearly from a 308. There's also lots of leather and gaudy wood trim because, well, why wouldn't there be?
The seller says the car is in perfect condition and it's road legal. At the time of writing, bidding is up to $50,100.
Astoundingly, Sbarro made an even crazier version of this car, . It used two Kawasaki inline-sixes driving each rear wheel individually through two five-speed transmissions that were synchronized together. We're sure it worked flawlessly.