Carrozzeria Sports Cars was a carrozzeria in Modena, Italy, founded by one-time Formula One driver, Piero Drogo.
Piero was born in Northern Italy in Vignale Monferrato, a small town near the city of Alessandria in Piedmont on August 8th, 1926. His family immigrated to Venezuela and Drogo began racing in Venezuela in the 1950s. He raced extensively across the South American continent in sports cars and in the road races.
In 1958 he returned to Europe to compete in the 24 Hours of Le Mans and stayed on, setting up home near Modena. He ended his motor racing career in 1960 with eighth place in the Grand Prix of Italy driving a Cooper T43. In that period he found a job as a mechanic at Stanguellini in Modena.
In 1960 he established Carrozzeria Sports Cars in Modena together with Otello Benedetti, Mario Allegretti and Lino Marchesini. The company was also referred to as "Sports Cars di Benedetti & C." (1963 to 1969). The most prominent of them was Piero Drogo, as he spoke several languages, was an able businessman and was well introduced into the world of motor racing. He quickly began taking on small sports car and racing body orders from the manufacturers in that city. He had two well-known craftsman, Neri and Bonaccini, repair and rebody a wide number of Ferraris, some crashed, some with an owner who just wanted "something different".
Piero Drogo's designs are highly esteemed: he captured the extremes of the era, taking a fashionable style and doing it to the max, almost to exaggeration, with clever application of aerodynamics knowledge of his time. In effect, all of the Carrozzeria's creations featured rather personal lines, partially to content the tastes of those who commissioned them and partly to create a distinctive style for the marque.
The prevalent activity of the company was however aimed at racing drivers and teams which, after an accident or due to a passing fancy, wanted to give a new look to their cars. Most of the transformations were therefore for motor racing, but there were also specials for road use. And then there were the so-called 'boulevard racers', which looked like racing cars, but with the real purpose of impressing people on the roads of fashionable areas.
In a later stage Piero Drogo, together with his designer, Tardini, pioneered with angular lines and came in for much criticism from the press for their harsh aspect. History proved however that he was right, with the appearance of the Lamborghini Espada, Maserati Ghibli, Citroën SM, Ferrari Daytona and so on, of the ‘seventies.
Drogo's bodies were used by Scuderia Serenissima and Bizzarrini, and his work for Ferrari brought him much fame. Especially the Ferraris Dino 206 SP, 330 P4 and 250 GT SWB 'Breadvan' are valuable masterpieces. The particularity of Carrozzeria Sports Cars was that it obtained the permission to also use the Prancing Horse by Ferrari.
The company was shut down in 1971. On the 28th of April 1973 Piero Drogo lost his life when his Ferrari crashed into a lorry in the Allocco tunnel near Bologna as he was returning to Modena after a party.
List of the Drogo Ferrari rebodies:
Drogo Ferrari Dino 206 SP #008 1966
Drogo Ferrari Dino 206 SP #026 1966
Drogo Ferrari Dino 206 SP #032 1967
#0147 E: 212 Inter Vignale Coupe rebodied in 1965 to resemble a California Spyder.
#0716 TR: Originally a pontoon-fendered TR. Rebodied by Drogo in 1964 as a berlinetta (very GTO-ish). Since converted back to original pontoon-fendered configuration (see #2493 GT).
Drogo Ferrari 330 P2, 1965
Drogo Ferrari 330 P3, 1966
#0856: Drogo Ferrari 330 P4 1966
#0858: Drogo Ferrari 330 P4 rebodied to 350 Can-Am 1967
#0900: Drogo Ferrari 330 P4 1967
Drogo Ferrari 250 P4 Thomassima II 1967
#0977 GT: 250 PF Coupe rebodied by Drogo.
#1717 GT: 250 PF Coupe rebodied by Drogo.
#1965 GT/2445 GT: Two crashed cars, one Drogo body.
#2053 GT: 250 GT SWB rebodied by Drogo circa 1962-63. Car since destroyed?
#2065 GT: 250 PF Coupe rebodied once by Drogo and then later fitted with the Drogo body from 2209 GT.
#2067 GT: 250 GT SWB supposedly once rebodied by Drogo with a body similar to 2209 GT and then later rebodied again to look like a GTO. In 1992, it was restored to its original SWB configuration.
#2209 GT: 250 GT SWB rebodied by Drogo. Later restored to original SWB body (see 2065 GT above).
Unknown/#2423 GT: Unknown chassis (250 GTE?) fitted with the Drogo body from #3445 GT in 1987 and engine number #2423 GT. Chassis restamped as "#2423 GT" to match engine.
#2493 GT: 250 GTE that received the Drogo bodywork from #0716 TR when that car was restored to original configuration.
#2735 GT: 250 GT SWB rebodied by Drogo following a crash in 1962. Later returned to original SWB configuration (see #3611 GT).
#2819GT: Drogo Ferrari 250 GT SWB 'Breadvan' 1962
#3405 GT: 250 GTE rebodied by Drogo circa 1979.
#3445 GT: 250 GTO rebodied by Drogo in 1965. Wrecked in 1976 and subsequently returned to original GTO configuration. Drogo body fitted onto #2433 GT.
#3611 GT: 250 GTE that received the Drogo bodywork from #2735 GT when that car was restored to original configuration.
#4769GT: Ferrari 250 Drogo Speciale 1963 (1980 recreation by Allegretti)
#7979 GT: Ferrari 330 GT 2+2 The "Navarro Special" or "Golden Car”.
Other car brand rebodies:
Drogo Serenissima Agena 3500 GT 1970
Drogo 212 Inter Vignale Coupe rebodied
ASA 1000GTC bodied by Drogo on a tubular chassis built by Giotto Bizzarrini's Autostar
Drogo Bizzarrini P538
Drogo Maserati Tipo 61 "birdcage", rebodied on chassis #2472, 1961 for Lloyd "Lucky" Casner
Drogo Maserati Tipo 151/3 1964
Drogo De Sanctis SP1000, 1967
Drogo Iso Grifo A3C, 1964
Porsche 550 Spyder special with a body by Drogo
Aguzzoli Condor MK1
Drogo Jaguar E-type
Also, there was a Drogo creation called the "Cegga Ferrari Spyder," which utilized a Ferrari engine but not built on a Ferrari chassis and the famous "Nembo" cars designed by Neri & Bonacini were subcontracted out to Drogo for the actual coachwork. Drogo also legitimately bodied several of the "P" series cars as well as the Dino 206 S coupes and spyders. Drogo also updated several 250 LMs to "long-nose" configuration.
There have also been unsubstantiated claims that Drogo rebodied the following: #0726 TR and# 0738 TR (both now back to original configuration), #1219 GT, and #3213 GT. As well, both #1257 GT and #4769 GT have been falsely described as being the recipients of the Drogo bodywork removed from #3445 GT (see "Unknown/#2423 GT").
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