Salvatore Diomante

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Salvatore Diomante is an automobile engineer and restorer, best known as Bizzarrini's factory manager in the 1960s.

Diomante resides in Nichelino, Italy and operates Autocostruzioni S.D., where he keeps parts, special tools and original moulds from Bizzarrini P538s and Bizzarrini 5300s. He rebuilds and restores old Bizzarrini cars, as well as other Italian exotic cars.[1]

He usually is called by owners to make spare parts. Some info talk about some new cars and replicas built using original and old sourced parts.

In the eighties, Diomante offered stretched versions of some Italian cars. A long wheelbase Fiat 131 and a Maserati Quattroporte elongated by 65 cm were some of his efforts. The Quattroporte offered a sumptuous interior and a correspondingly high price tag of 210 million lire.[2] The stretched 131, called the SD 131 Diplomatic, sat on a 60 cm longer wheelbase than usual and was thus nearly 5 metres long. It was a four-door sedan with an added middle row of seats.[3]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Total restoration by Salvatore Diomante: 1973 Ferrari 246 GTS Dino Targa" (PDF). Private Portfolio no. 45. Geneva, Switzerland: Kidston SA. 
  2. ^ Tabucchi, Maurizio (2003). Maserati: The Grand Prix, Sports and GT cars model by model, 1926-2003. Milano: Giorgio Nada Editore s.r.l. pp. 292–293. ISBN 88-7911-260-0. 
  3. ^ Costa, André & Georges-Michel Fraichard, ed. (1981). Salon 1981: Toutes les Voitures du Monde (in French). Paris: l'Auto Journal (14-15): 200.  Missing or empty |title= (help)