THIS ENGINE WAS ON ONE OF THE FIRST CARS ON THE LOCAL ROADS. IT WAS MIRACULOUSLY SAVED AND THE GRANDCHILD (SE DI NONNO, SE DI ZIO NEPHEW) COUNT FOSCARI DONATE DIT TO THE MUSEUM.
IT IS A TWIN CYLINDER UNIT, CAPACITY 1700 CC., WITH TWO MORE CYLINDERS TO ACT AS CHARGERS, TO MAKE POSSIBLE STARTING THE CAR WITHOUT THE HANDLE.
The Lancia car making company is tied to the veneto region for two reasons: it was founded in 1906 by Vincenzo Lancia from turin and by Claudio Fogolin who had been born in Veneto. furthermore the engine of what would have been the Aurelia was designed in 1942/43 in Padua, by igegner Francesco De Virgilio. this was the first production v6 engine in the world.
Laverda is an important name for agricultural machinery since the beginning of the last century. In 1947 it entered the field of motor bikes with the innovative 75 Turismo, becoming immediately world famous, at least until the crisis of the eighties. Now it is part of the Piaggio Group.
Federico Faggin, scientist from Vicenza, when 19 designed the first Olivetti computer, and in 1975 invented the microchip, which today moves the entire world, from the house gate to the space satellite. President Obama just gave him the highest honor which in the us can be granted to scientists.
Luca Badoer, born in Montebelluna, province of Treviso, was an excellent formula 1 driver; from 1998 till 2010 he was the third pilot of the Ferrari team, test driver of all the formula 1 cars of those years, that he drove for over 132.000 kilometers.
The adventure of the Treviso Benetton family in formula 1 is a great demonstration of precise and careful organization, so typical of the people from Veneto. Having bought in 1970 the toleman team, always in the last positions in formula 1 races, in less than 10 years of careful management the Benetton team won two world titles with Michael Shumaker, in 1994 and 1995.
THE MARZOTTO BROTHERS WERE FAMOUS RACING DRIVERS AND GREAT ENTREPRENEURS FROM VALDAGNO (VI). GIANNINO WON THE 1000 MIGLIA TWICE AND TWO GRAND PRIX. AT THE 1952 COPPA DELLE DOLIMITI IN THE SPORTSCARS OVER 2000 CATEGORY ONE COULD READ: 1ST PAOLO MARZOTTO, 2ND GIANNINO MARZOTTO, 3RD VITTORIO MARZOTTO, 4TH UMBERTO MARZOTTO, ALL DRIVING FERRARIS!
BETWEEN 1919 AND 1972 IN PADUA THE INGAP COMPANY, EMPLOYING ABOUT 800 PEOPLE, BUILT SMALL TIN CAR. FOR MANY YEARS THEY WERE THE TOYS MOST COVETED BY ALL THE CHILDREN.
VIMAR WAS BORN AFTER THE 2ND WORLD WAR IN MAROSTICA (VI) TO PRODUCE ELECTRICAL APPLIANCES. TODAY IS A LEADING COMPANY IN THE PRODUCTION OF HIGH TECH AND DESIGN SOLUTION FOR THE HOME & BUILDING AUTOMATION. SINCE 1999 IT PARTNERS WITH THE AUTOMOBILE MUSEUM “BONFANTI-VIMAR”.
BIFRANGI WAS BORN AS A CRAFTSMAN OPERATION TO PROCESS STEEL AND IN 1950 IT BECAME AN INDUSTRIAL COMPANY. IN 1985 THE INTERNATIONAL GROWTH STARTED, WITH FACTORIES IN MUSSOLENTE (VI), IN THE UK, TWO, AND IN THE USA. PRODUCTION COVERS WHEEL JOINTS, CRANKCASES, GEARS AND MORE, FOR THE MOST IMPORTANT MOTORING COMPANIES IN THE WORLD. BIFRANGI SUPPORTS THE AUTOMOBILE MUSEUM “BONFANTI-VIMAR”.