The moment you lay eyes on a Triumph 2000 Italia you'll cinch up your tie and smugly declare that you've figured out how to become the practical James Bond. The jaw-dropping styling will make both classic Aston Martin and Ferrari owners alike turn their heads, and at the end of the day it's a Triumph so it's gotta be cheap, right? WRONG.

The 2000 Italia was designed by Giovanni Michelotti and its sleek body was built in Italy by Carrozzeria Vignale. It's exceedingly rare: only 329 of the Triumph 2000 Italia were built between 1958 and 1962 (1,000 cars were planned, but Triumph's support of the project fizzled out). While it's still a damn sight cheaper than a period DB-4 or virtually any vintage Ferrari ever, this particular car is currently listed for sale on Autos Dekens in Belgium for $115,000, which will buy you at least four of the TR-3s that you'll find beneath the skin.

It boggles my mind that this car is from 1959, but it probably shouldn't. Scaglietti did a similar design experiment with the Corvette that same year with thrilling results. Here's further proof that Italian designers did it best. photos: autosdekens.be

(originally published on puppyknuckles.com)

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