Spada Codatronca Monza is Italian for “Supercharged Corvette Speedster” [w/ Video]
While nowhere near as popular as it was in the years leading up to the Great Depression (the first one, just so we’re on the same page), coachbuilding has been enjoying a bit of a renaissance lately. But instead of luxurious wire-wheeled leviathans like the ones found in the world of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s best-known work, today’s custom-bodied creations are usually based on sports cars and exotics, including the Chevrolet Corvette.
In fact, a couple years ago, the Corvette was the basis for the Spada Codatronca, a snazzy looking rebody of the C6 Vette created by the Italian father and son design team of Ercole and Paolo Spada. It gained so much notoriety that it was even included in a downloadable car pack for Forza Motorsport 3. So how do you top that? Well, you can start by adding muscle and chopping the top.
Dubbed the Codatronca Monza, this topless beauty was actually commissioned by Italian tuner Aznom, which is based in the same town as the legendary race course. By lobbing the whole top off (including the windshield, replacing it with a very low windscreen) and adding a pair of fairings that rise up to meet the tops of the seatbacks, the Codatronca’s exterior now emits a very strong late-‘50s/early-‘60s sports racer vibe. Slip inside the two passenger cockpit and that vibe grows even stronger, with an angular, unadorned sheetmetal dashboard dominating the interior. However, high-backed bucket seats with four-point Sabelt harnesses and a F1-style steering wheel linked to a data acquisition system inject more than a little modernity.
But if you want to talk about modernity, you talk about the powertrain. Under the hood we find a 7.0L V8 (presumably the LS7 sourced from the Corvette Z06) wearing a pair of centrifugal superchargers. Spada claims the engine cranks out 710hp and more than 650 lb.-ft of torque and, when fed through the 6-speed manual transmission, blasts the car from rest to 62 mph in 3 seconds flat on the way to a top speed of 208 mph. Yeah, you’ll be picking more than bugs out of your teeth if you choose to not wear a full-face helmet.
Intrigued by all of this? Spada says it will build additional copies of the Codatronca Monza for anyone who wants one (and can provide what is likely a dumpster-full of cash). It just warms our hearts that the rich tradition of tailoring the shapes of new cars to suit the tastes of their well-heeled buyers is alive and well. We just wish we were one of those well-heeled buyers.