Italian stylist's concept celebrates defunct car maker
14 February 2007

You've probably never heard of Diatto - that's because it hasn't made a car for over 78 years.

Diatto was founded in Turin in 1905. It supplied basic chassis to Bugatti, and a certain Alfieri Maserati used to help create and race some of its cars, before leaving to found his eponymous firm. Enzo Ferrari was also an owner.

Diatto made its last car in 1929. But this March, a new Diatto sports car will appear at the Geneva motor show.

Called the Ottovu, it's a design study undertaken by Italian coachbuilder Zagato, which collaborated with Diatto in the '20s, and created slightly belatedly to mark the centenary of Diatto.

The car is a sleek two-door coupe created with financial backing from two wealthy but unnamed collectors.

Zagato isn’t revealing what the modern day Diatto Ottovu is based on, but Autocar's sources suggest that a new connection with the Maserati brand might be evident.

The Ottovu appears to take its fundamental proportions from the current Maserati Coupe. Since Maserati is planning to unveil its new coupe in Geneva next month, it would make sense for it to breathe a new lease of life into the old model there as well.

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