The Fornasari 311 GT Looks Italian But Is Actually A Coachbuilt Corvette

Part of the Geneva Motor Show’s charm is the ability to see some of the lesser known players in the industry and their offerings, like the Italian Fornasari and its undoubtedly retro-styled 311 GT.

The coachbuilt model’s design is inspired by the classic Italian front-engine GTs of the 1950s, featuring an aluminum body and offered either as a coupe or a convertible.

Under its classy body lies custom space frame with components sourced from the Corvette C7, including a V8 engine available with up to 641hp (650CV) and 590lb-ft (800Nm) of torque. It even has a six-speed manual transmission, with a six-speed automatic offered in the options.

Fornasari claims that the 311 GT can reach 62mph (100km/h) from a standstill as fast as 3.5 seconds, with a top speed of up to 211mph (340km/h).

The interior comes from the Corvette C7 as well, with Fornasari heavily customizing the design with its own trim and leather materials. The Italian company offers the “most exclusive and even the most eccentric materials” to customers in order to tailor their new 311 GT.

The idea behind the Fornasari 311 GT is very likeable and the curvy aluminum bodywork is definitely a head turner but we can’t help but think of a Mini every time we look at its headlights. It also comes with a pretty salty price tag starting at €150,000 (about $170,000) but this was to be expected, right?

 

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  • DMax

    Actually looks kinda cool. It’s based on C7, yet they swapped LS7 for some reason, that’s weird.

  • Shelby GT500
  • Tydogg123 .

    Has some Karmann Ghia vibes.

  • Maximilian Norlande Rabbitt

    I’m actually kinda glad vintage is coming back, not that it ever really left. I wish larger companies would take note

  • Mike anonymous

    I’m actually not surprised it’s Corvette Based at all. I can understand the misconception for it being Italian (as that particular nation continues to push out beautiful design year after year), but this rather looks like the Original Corvette C1 (shown below).

    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/8f4b0d29384434fbc1a4079d9683cf9403e579ee33bd4837cbe68fa0fb147bbf.png

    This particular design/version (the original design) was only in production for 4 years prior to it receiving a facelift and an update. I can definitely see why someone would want to own a timeless classic (and if not that, one of the very next best things). 1953-1954 . A very beautiful vehicle, from a very beautiful time within the automotive industry.

    • LeStori

      Pre JFK . Whn the USA made some interesting vehicles. All down hill after JFK. As if the lights went out in the Automotive industry.

  • Stephen G

    O-Oh! The Karmann Ghia was a Chrysler/Ghia design. It was used for the 1955 Chryslers and the 1955 Karmann Ghia. Ghia, of course, is a Italian design firm, not German.

  • IT’S BETTER PROPORTIONED THAN THE C7 WITH IT’S SLICED OFF REAR.
    IT’S A SHAME THE C8 HAS ABANDONED THE CENTER MUFFLERS, THEY LOOK GREAT.

  • SteersUright

    This had so much potential but, looks too much like a rough, unfinished prototype. The rear lights, wheels, side window, rear hatch, and utterly stock Vette interior leave much to be desired. Too bad, when you squint your eyes, the overall shape is rather cool.

  • Nice but not 300k nice.

  • Stephen G

    Maybe you should do some “googleing” yourself.

  • Stephen G

    You’re suggesting that if Heidi Klum made a lasagna, that would make lasagnas German?

  • Fornasari still exist? I thought last time I heard them was 10 years ago. Making a supercar/suv… which I didn’t think went to production. Then they got investor from North Africa and after that nothing is heard. I remember this car rendering back in 2008 or 09. And it took them what? like 10 years to made a prototype.

    I love unknown and boutique manufacturer but this one don’t get my vote.

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