The Lombardi Grand Prix is made in two different types. The differences are very small, but are rather good recognizable. I can't give you an accurate timeline. The typecasting "Tipo I" and "Tipo II" is made up by me.
|Item||Tipo I||Tipo II|
|Sidewindow||Three: one on top and two beneath||Two: one small ventwindow and one "normal"|
|Gauges||Black an white chequred background||Black background|
|Gearshifter||Bended. Position on the central tunnel is equal to the Fiat 850||Straight. Positon on the central tunnel is placed backwards|
|Engine compartment lid||Standard Fiat 850 (?)||5 louvres to improve the cool airflow|
|License plate light||One, straight above the license plate||Two, on both sides of the license plate|
De Lombardi Grand Prix is produced between 1968 and 1972. The precise number is unknown, but I guess it's somewhere between 1000 and 10000. I really don't know whethter this is realistic or not. The production starts as the prevoius design of the Lombardi Car Factory, the Lombardi 850 Monza does not receive very good critics at its presentation at the Turin 1967 Motor Show.
There are three different salesbrochures about the Lombardi Grand Prix. There is also a sort of sheet with the technical details of the car. Beneath are the ones I found until now.
|Four languages (Italian, French, English and German ). There is a small piece missing, but the original one is missing, so I had to use a fotocopy.|
|Single language. There is at least an Italian, French and Dutch version.|
|Single language. Only this version in French is known to me.|
|Single language sheet with technical data. Only these two versions in English and Italian are known to me. The Italian version is sent to me by Paolo. Thank you!|
The Lombardi Grand Prix has been the subject for a few articles.
- Autorevue, november 1968 ()
- Unknown, 16 november 1968 ()
- Autovisie, 30 oktober 1970 ()
- Pep, november 1970 ()
- La Bella Machina no 46 1991 ()
- RouteClassische, gennaio 2001()
- Auto, Motor und Sport, 22/1970 ()
There are also a few offical documents i.e. the FIA homologation and the approval of the car by the Italian Government. Paolo Carima sent them to me. Thanks!
On the internet are just a few places were some information can be found.
The following pictures are found on the Internet. The number of pictures is growing, so now you only see thumbnails. Just click on one and the full image will appear.
|This picture can be found on a salesbrochure. The picture is taken somewehere in the fields around Vercelli, Lombardi's place of business.||Here you see the weak point of its looks: the headlights....|
|This one is a real mystery. The nose is very unusual and look at the Abarth badge at the grille..... I think it's one that is used in rallies (AlItialia sticker) Who knows?||This picture is probably from a pressrelease. The picture is taken somewhere on the company premises. Compare i.e. the fence with the one on other pictures.|
|Another rare one. A right-hand driven, one of perhaps 7 or 8.|
|According to Wilfried Hundhausen a team took part in The Rallye of Monte Carlo in 1970 or 1972 with a Lombardi Grand Prix. Here are some pictures of a Lombardi in action.||A Grand Prix in "full swing".|
The Monza is the targa-variation of the Grand Prix. There are at least three made, two are on the following picture of the Turin Motorshow of 1970 shows. Probably the same two were send to the New York Motor Show to be shown as OTAS Tigre's. One of these two is destroyed, the other one still exists. There are rumours that a third one is located in the north of Italy, but it is not confirmed (yet). An estimated guess of the number of cars built is lower than 10.
|The picture of the Turin Motorshow showing two Grand Prix and two Monza's. It is sent to me by Mavis Walters. Thanks!||This is one of the cars on the Turin Motorshow in color.|
|The Monza has a nice silhouette, hasn't it? Paolo sent me a copy. Thanks!||Another picture of the Monza.|
|The Monza with a hardtop! I don't know whether I like it or not... Thanks again to Paolo for the copy.|
Here you will find some links to sites which might help you finding some parts especially for the Lombardi Grand Prix. For generally available parts please look at the parts section of the Link-page.