A few weeks ago I visited a small Italian workshop called Marciano Prototipi. Vincenzo Marciano founded the company back in the 60s, and has been specializing in restoring classic cars. I wasn’t allowed to take many photos of the classics they’re currently working on, but I had the chance to spend some quality time with Vincenzo’s pride and joy: the 268A.
At the end of 1972 he bought a wrecked Alfa Romeo Montreal, from which he took angine and gearbox out and started building a 25CrMo4 tubular chassis designed by himself. The building process didn’t take off immediately because he was focusing mainly on restoration projects.
During the years Vincenzo collected several key components of what will become the 268A: 13″ magnesium wheels from an Alfa Romeo 33, the windshield from a Ferrari 250LM, differential donated by a Jaguar E-Type, headlights from a Ferarri 250GTO and Alfa Romeo instrument cluster.
The aluminium bodywork is handmade entirely, along with many other crucial components such as suspension arms, hubs, radiators and fuel tank.
Vincenzo decided to ditch the Spica mechanical injection in favor of 4 Weber double-body carburetors, camshafts and exhausts are tuned for maximum performances.
The 268A was completed at the end of the 90s and its name represents the engine characteristics: 2600 cc, 8 cylinders, Anteriore (mounted in the front).
The interior of the car is quite small and stripped-down, it’s like sitting in a proper vintage race car. The seats are beautifully upholstered in tan leather, and the 4-point harnesses are the icing on the cake. The windows are very reminiscent of aircrafts since they’re riveted and only a small portion can slide. There are no door handles, just a strap running all the length of the hollowed-out aluminium panel. The Alfa Romeo instrument cluster is a work or art, just like a high-end mechanical watch, so clean yet so beautiful. The gorgeous steering wheel is made by the Italian company Luisi, I can’t help but love it.
Riding in the 268A is a visceral experience. You’re basically sitting a bunch of inches from the ground, everything is unfiltered, the gearbox makes lovely old-school “click-clacks” and the noise coming from the V8 engine mounted up front penetrates your bones while echoing through the cabin. If I had to sum the whole experience in one word, I’d say it’s intoxicating!
I’d like to thank Vincenzo and his sons for welcoming me and taking the 268A out. I’ll pay them another visit soon to shoot something truly unique so stay tuned!