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What do people think about the Spanish Pegaso automobile? The overall design reminds me of the Volvo 1800 series, designed by Pelle Petterson, then at Pietro Frua. Some of the autos were by Saoutchik, and the Shah of Persia apparently had one. The factory, ENASA, was built on the remains of the old Hispano-Suiza firm. The price was quite high; in 1955, it was at $15,000. They only made 86 autos after closing, and the remaining parts, unfinished cars, etc. were sold as scrap metal.
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Dope.
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Originally Posted by LabelKing

What do people think about the Spanish Pegaso automobile? The overall design reminds me of the Volvo 1800 series, designed by Pelle Petterson, then at Pietro Frua.

I've never heard of the firm, but this is AWESOME:



Jon.
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The engineer, Don Wilfredo Ricart, worked at Alfa Romeo before going to Spain and attempting to outdo Enzo Ferrari with the Pegaso range. Its top speed was 160mph, beating the contemporary Ferraris. Baron Von Thyssen's had leopard skin seats and 24kt gold fittings. The Dominican dictator Trujillo bought this show car:
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Lovely cars. Wasn't Pegaso a truck company that used the cars to build capital (and a presence) for the trucks? IMMSMC, they were strapped for cash and had all those Hispano-Suiza machine tools lying around...
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According to Oscar Niemeyer's autobiography, Ricart had a few peculiarities: He always wore very big, chunky crepe rubber soles, as he claimed that regular leather didn't offer the brain enough suspension, and could lead to brain damage, and wore sleeves unusally long to protect his designer's hands. He reputedly also took a shower in olive oil at least once a week.
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Here he is in white-tie, with his sleeves quite long:

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Here he is in white-tie, with his sleeves quite long (...)
And what may be termed a true olive complexion. Franco must have liked this one - look at the orders.
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