Rare Cizeta V16T Once Owned by Sultan of Brunei Goes On Auction Block
Cizeta may not be a household name but it comes from great pedigree. Founded by music producer and godfather of electronic music, Giovanni Moroder, and ex-Lamborghini engineer turned car dealer, Claudio Zampolli, they got Marcello Gandini – who is the designer behind the Countach, Diablo and Miura – to use his inimitable talent on the Cizeta V16T.
Now, although the company was shortlived, this has made their cars all the more rare – they only built fewer than 20 cars between 1988 to 1994, and one of them – this 1993 Cizeta V16T – has made its way onto the auction block.
The V16T has much going for it, besides its rarity: the supercar, once displayed in the 1993 Geneva Auto Show, is in showroom condition with a flawless paintjob, and the tyres’ code indicates that they are from 1993 and likely to be original. There are less than 600 miles recorded on the odometer and the vehicle has never even been registered, making it practically new.
The pop-up headlights, the archetype of cool cars in the 90s, will tug at your nostalgic heartstrings and the interior has shown no sign of wear, as if it had frozen in time.
Under the hood lies a 6.0-litre V16 engine – which is where the car got its name – with 64 valves, eight camshafts, two fuel-injection systems, four cylinder heads, and twin timing chains. The heavyweight mill can produce 540hp and 400 lb-ft of torque.
Provenance, perhaps, is most important in determining the price of a collector’s item – this Cizeta was once part of the Sultan of Brunei’s car collection. And that is why the auctioneer, Curated, is reportedly asking for US$725,000.
If you are questioning whether the car is worth that much, especially during a pandemic, you’d be surprised to find out that car auctions have been experiencing a boom, with people reexamining their investment portfolio and moving some part of it into alternative assets. We’d be curious to see which who snatches up this beauty.