Dretceterini efficiently summed up the key points of that car.
I can add that the drawing was done by Rens Biesma for Het Klaverblaadje. There are no picture of the real thing as it was never fully completed, albeit my understanding is that it lacked little.
The car actually survived WWII only to be scrapped as late as 1953.
There are instead a few factory drawings showing both the body rendering and the layout. They can be found, a.o. in Fusi.
The 163 is one of my favorite cars, and I was delighted to find an article by AR archivist Elvira Ruocco in an October 2001 issue of La Manovella. Let me blow off some smoke dust:Does anyone have any info on these car?
Interesting, because I remember seeing drawing showing it as a 3 seater, with the middle seat slightly behind 2 front ones.....or am I thinking of the slightly earlier period Auto Union design for a street car based on the D-type GP car....The 163 is one of my favorite cars, and I was delighted to find an article by AR archivist Elvira Ruocco in an October 2001 issue of La Manovella. Let me blow off some smoke dust:
The car is basically as Stu described, though a two-seater, with fat sill fuel tanks. The car was built on a floppy ladder frame, and had the curious rear-pivot Ricart pattern de Dion... but it was an amazing car, a ghost predating our modern "Supercars" [as the 2.9 did in fact, of course].
The article includes a sheet from the archives detailing a sealed rear suspension unit, complete with full parts identification. That drawing is dated 24.6.42. The article seems to state that sets of mechanical components were built in April 1943. Ruocco writes that Canestrini mentions the car in an article in March 1946... and Lurani himself talks about the car being in that lower-level basement in Auto Italiana 15.2.50. I'd like to think the car survived, at least for a while.
The issue includes illustrations by Rens Biesma which were originally published in the HK #29 on the 163. Ben's Dutch is too thick for me but the HK article mostly includes the same archive information used in Fusi's book, with maybe more technical specifications than Fusi but less history than Ruocco's article.
I think it is just the end of the tailpipeWhen you look closely at the drawing, you see something that looks like a little wing underneath the car at the rear end.
Further, I ask myself if the same feature could have been efficient on the Disco Volantes in order to avoid the rear-end lifting in fast corners
Believe me when I write: the 163 was scrapped in 1953, 15 years before you visited the basement... Don't ask me how nor why exactly, I don't know.The first time I was in the "basement" was circa 1968, and the 163 wasn't there, so I assume it became scrap or was used in the creation/restoration of cars in the museum.
So it was gone before Fusi even started to think about a museum....sad....Believe me when I write: the 163 was scrapped in 1953, 15 years before you visited the basement... Don't ask me how nor why exactly, I don't know.
Carlo: I think Carter is right: a close look makes the "wing" a more probable exhaust pipe indeed.