One-Off Alfa Romeo Mole Costruzione Artigianale 001 To Be Auctioned In Italy

The Alfa Romeo Mole Costruzione Artigianale 001 from last year may not be an official vehicle from the Italian car manufacturer but its staggeringly good looks made it one of the most talked-about vehicles unveiled in 2018.

Created through a collaboration between Up Design and the Adler Group, the 001 is a re-bodied Alfa Romeo 4C with concept car-looks both inside and out. Now, it has been announced that the one-off will cross the auction block at RM Sotheby’s Villa Erba sale on May 25.

The 001 started out life as a 4C which actually had 40,000 km under its skin but was totally transformed thanks to design work from Umberto Palermo. All the sports car’s body panels were replaced, meaning the car features transformed front and rear fascias and also incorporates bespoke headlights and taillights. The car looks so good that it actually looks like something which Alfa Romeo itself would build in limited numbers.

To complement the glorious exterior of the car, those behind this stunning creation also worked extensively to re-define the interior. Consequently, there are new yellow and black materials found throughout as well as accents finished in aluminum and carbon fiber.

Despite the modifications, no changes were made to the powertrain of the 4C. Consequently, the car continues to be powered by a 1.8-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine delivering 237 hp and 258 lb-ft (349 Nm) of torque. This powertrain can send a regular 4C to 60 mph (96 km/h) in 4.1 seconds and while we don’t have acceleration figures for the Mole Costruzione Artigianale 001, it is likely just as brisk.

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  • Perry F. Bruns

    The front does look a bit mole-like.

  • KAG25

    put the 2.0L turbo with 280hp in that, new car

  • Bash

    That thing looks awesome!!

  • Zandit75

    This looks like it was designed by a highschool student. They will lose money on this.
    I’d hate to hear the wind whistle from the gaps around those headlights.

    • Grumpy

      For some weird reason it looks like a small scale model die-cast of the actual car with the same level of imperfections.

  • donald seymour

    Looks a bit over done.

  • SteersUright

    Some nice design elements, though largely overstayed with some areas just looking “heavy handed” rather than elegant.

  • illogicalPotato

    It’s not the worst kit i’ve seen.. but they should of considered a seasoned professional designer instead of a student. There is no line tension on the fenders and the body treatment is bland. Details are super raw and unrefined. Looks like it was built digitally with no clay and not properly surfaced.

  • Sandra l’Haurault

    Sorry,it just looks wrong. I think the Italian’s have moved to another level in styling,taking an ugly is beautiful approach.So many of the latest have lost the smooth cool looks and gone for Shock and Awe(ful) stance. Another reason to dislike plastic? They can still burn rubber and make loud uncomfortable noise,so males will like them.

  • Eric

    Looks like they tried to make it look like a Bugatti.

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