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#7262 Sbarro Challenge I (1985) Louwman Museum

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Sbarro Challenge I (1985) at the Louwman Museum in The Hague (Holland)

Franco Sbarro is primarily famous for the conversions, prototypes and replicas that he built in his own factory from 1971 onwards. In 1992 Sbarro founded a college for car design and construction. For those who like wedge-shaped cars, this is the ultimate treat. No concessions have been made to this form – its line is uninterrupted. The Swiss designer Franco Sbarro wanted to demonstrate in 1985 that such a design could result in a very low drag coefficient.
In this case it was 0.26 Cd. Interior and exterior mirrors have been eliminated, but there is a camera in the rear which projects images of the traffic behind the car onto two screens in the doors. The car is also equipped with, for its time, an ultra-modern audio system with a graphic equaliser and CD player, as well as a video recorder. The Challenge I was equipped with a V8 Mercedes-Benz engine, if only to prove that the car could be a viable production model. The headlights are reminiscent of the Ford GT40, which also happens to be one of Sbarro's favourite cars. In addition to the model on display, which was designated as 'Challenge I', other concept cars followed in the years 1986 (Challenge II), 1987 (Challenge III)
and 1988 (Challenge III evolution). In total 10 copies were built from 1985 to 1988.

The Louwman Museum in The Hague, the Netherlands, features one of the most impressive private car collections in the world. Several hundred cars are on show to teach you all about car history. The Louwman Museum offers a wide collection that includes everything from antique and classic cars to Formula 1 racing cars and hybrids. Since 1934, two generations of the Louwman family have assembled a unique collection of cars. The present Louwman Museum was designed to display the collection to the public. It was festively opened in 2010. The collection leads you from horse and wagon to the first self-propelled vehicles. It also takes you past the luxury cars from the end of the 19th century, post-war "affordable cars" and the first racing cars. Some of the Louwman Museum's highlights include unique specimens such as the boat-car, the beach-car and the swan-car as well as famous cars such as James Bond's Aston Martin from the film Goldfinger and the customised Cadillac Fleetwood of Elvis Presley.

Matthijs van Wageningen
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