|Stu "Dr. Etceterini" Schaller adds this
"I think the Nardi BMW 750 2 cylinder
car once owned by Al Coppel is now owned by Jarl DeBoer. There
was a class in the early days for cars under 750cc, and I believe this
car also has Mille Miglia history before it came to the US."
(1-2-14) From Etceterini
owner and expert Jarl DeBoer:
"Stu is not correct: The Nardi I (still)
own is one of the two Crosley powered, Frua bodied cars imported by Wacky
Arnolt in 1953.
I DID see the Coppel Nardi when I was
visiting a friend in Concord CA around 1960. A garage door around the corner
was open and the Nardi was in view. We stopped and looked it over pretty
thoroughly. (but took no pictures unfortunately) It was unchanged from
your picture. The body style was as allowed by Italian racing rules until
1951. After that, cycle fenders were out and envelope fenders were required.
My early Siata Sport 750 SC (1948-49)
is an excellent example. it ran its first three Mille Miglias with a very
similar body style and then had "full" fenders added for the next three.
These early 750cc sports racers were very interesting and now very important