Most car enthusiasts want to drive something unique. There's no pleasure in watching people drive past you in traffic in vehicles nearly identical to your own. We think of our rides as an extension of our interests, our tastes, ourselves.
Peter Giacobbi took that to a whole new level—engineering and building a one-off sports car where every decision was his to make. And the result is truly impressive.
bring us the story of Giacobbi's creation. Trained as a mechanical engineer and living in Italy in the 1960s, Giacobbi was perfectly positioned to undertake such a creation. Especially since he was good friends with Tom Tjaarda, the designer whose portfolio includes the Ferrari 365 GT California, DeTomaso Pantera, and the Saab 900 four-door, among dozens and dozens of others.
Giacobbi engineered the chassis, a backbone design that used Lancia suspension components and a midship-mounted four-cylinder completely re-engineered to Giacobbi's specs. Tjaarda designed the body, a fastback shape that manages to be both sweeping and angular. An Italian coachbuilding shop hand-hammered the body panels; Giacobbi appointed the interior with goatskin leather and aeronautical switchgear.
The result was dubbed "Sinthesis," for the combination of Italian flair and American ingenuity that brought it together. Giacobbi still drives it today. Here's the rest of the story, :