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Concept Cars & Art from the John Bucci Estate

Wed, Oct 14, 2020 11:30PM EDT
Lot 31

John Bucci, The Trieste, Fiberglass Concept Car

Estimate: $8,000 - $12,000

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$0 $10
$100 $25
$500 $50
$1,000 $100
$3,000 $250
$5,000 $500
$10,000 $1,000
$30,000 $2,500
$100,000 $5,000
$300,000 $10,000
John Bucci (Illinois, 1935-2019), the concept car made in the 1960's, and driven throughout Italy by Bucci in 1967, with Porsche 356 engine (marked P*600746*) and probably transmission, the windshield and side windows made out of polycarbonate, the door locking mechanism appears to be electro-magnetic. Approximate measurements: H. 39 in. x Length: 15 ft. x Width: 6 ft. For more information and more photos please contact us directly. "Powered by a Porsche four cylinder (1600 cc super) engine, the car has a top speed of 160 mph...The most distinctive feature of this car is the superior strength of the layered fiberglass body. The material can be pounded with a hammer and it will not dent, chip or crack. The "Trieste" began with hand construction of a wood and plaster frame template to the exact size of the finished automobile. A five-layer fiberglass body when was "laid-up" over this form. A resin base was covered with a fine 10 ounce cloth; matting fibers added for body, followed by a layer of heavy woven fiberglass cloth, more matting fibers, and a final layer of fiberglass. Many hours of sanding and finishing followed by a five-coat paint job finished the body work. When the entire car was completed, a job which took nearly two years working during the evening and on weekends, Bucik took it on a 30,000 mile exhibition tour of Europe and now displays it throughout the Midwest." a (May 1969 article in Assembly Engineering) "Not that there is anything dull about the Trieste. It's an automobile which, when he toured Europe with it, drew mobs when parked and prompted police on numerous occasions to stop him just to get a closer look at it. Only 39 inches high, the car looks like a land bound missile, and even if it didn't run- which it does very well- it would have to be considered somewhat of a milestone in auto styling. The Trieste has the visual impact of a magnum slug." (Chicago Sun-Times Business News, June 25, 1972, Page 89)