ATS (Italy) 1961 - 1964
In the autumn of 1961, some top technicians left the Ferrari factory
after an argument with the director Enzo. The multimillionaire Earl
Volpi took charge of some of them, appointed them in his Scuderia
Serenissima and financed a new company, ATS (Automobili Turismo Sport
SpA) in Bologna. The first cars which Carlo Chiti built as chief engineer,
were monoposti for the Formule 1. Unfortunately, the cars were a fiasco.
Then there was built a GT coupé, which was shown to the press
at the exposition of Geneva in 1963. It was a beautiful car with a
body designed by Allemano. The engine was a V8 with a capacity of
2467 cc and a strength of 210 hp. The ATS 2500 GT didn't ever race
and didn't sell very well either. The name ATS was rotten by the Formule
1-debacle and that made people holding themselves from investing in
the company. After 12 cars were built, the factory closed its doors
in 1964. Earl Volpi took the drawings with him to his Palazzo in Venice
and used them for his Serenissima sportcars later.