When it comes Eighties tuner cars from Europe, nothing really surprises us. In a world where Koenig builds twin-turbo F50s and Gemballa makes Porsches from outer space, it’s hard to be caught off-guard by something truly unique. Then this car popped up on our radar. It’s a hatchback called the Sbarro Super Eight, and it’s based on a Ferrari. Best of all? It’s for sale right now.
Sbarro—a different company than the Pizza chain we’re both thinking of right now—is a Swiss tuner firm founded in 1971 that’s been churning out wild creations like this one for decades. Underneath the Super Eight’s bespoke fiberglass body sits the chassis and drivetrain from a Ferrari 308. That means a 3.0-liter naturally aspirated V-8 sending power to the rear wheels via a five-speed dog-leg manual transmission. Most of the interior components have been transferred over as well, including the switchgear, gauge cluster, and the gated shifter.
The Super Eight was introduced at the 1984 Geneva Motor Show as a follow-up to one of Sbarro’s even wackier creations, the Super Twelve. According to Top Gear, that car, introduced in 1981, used two Kawasaki bike engines fused at the crank to make a V-12, attached to two five-speed transmissions operated by a singular shifter.
Just one Super Eight was ever built, and it’s up for sale right now at a Belgian dealership called Speed 8 Classics with an asking price of €155,000 (around $183,000). It has just under 17,000 miles on the clock, and was just treated to a major servicing. That might sound like a lot of money for what’s essentially a standard 308 underneath, but considering just how cool this thing is, we’d say it’s worth the price.
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