1962 Moretti 2500 SS Coupe
Coachwork by Carrozzeria Moretti
Chassis no. 114BS - 112935
While many of the small tuning companies which rose up in Italy in the 1920s such as Siata and Stanguellini later went on to building complete Fiat-based vehicles, Moretti began slightly differently. Founded in 1925, it built motorcycles until WWII and in the immediate post-war period built microcars powered by their own two-cylinder engines. After launching a four-cylinder line, Moretti turned to Fiat-based cars in the late 50s and continued to build vehicles of this type until the firm closed in the late 80s.
It was not only the smaller Fiats on which Moretti based its models. Fiat's entry to the grand touring car arena in the 60s was the 2300S, a Ghia-bodied coupe powered by an inline 6-cylinder dual carbureted engine. Moretti built its own version which debuted in 1962, carrying what may have been a Bertone-designed body. This sleek GT has a sharpness of line and detail typical of the best of early 60s Italian design, combined with an enhanced Fiat powertrain. Moretti developed the engine to a 2454cc capacity and the resulting 2500SS 2+2 coupe delivered 170hp.
The fully instrumented dashboard was shared with the Fiat 2300S and the richly finished interior, with deep bucket seats, front passenger foot rest, grab bar, electric windows and Borrani wire wheels clearly expressed the concept of luxury with speed. It is believed that as few as 20 of these cars may have been built and the number of survivors has yet to be determined. Resident in France for a period of its life, this Moretti 250SS still wears a 1997 inspection sticker from that country. It is believed to have been imported to the U.S. by Peter Fino, who some time later sold it to the legendary rare sports car dealer Raymond Milo of West Hollywood, CA.
After Mr. Milo's passing in 2009, the Moretti was purchased from his estate by J. Geils, rock musician and classic car enthusiast, for his collection. The vendor recently acquired the car from Mr. Geils. At some point in the near past the 2500SS was the subject of a European driver-level refurbishment and presents as an attractive, usable vehicle. The interior is largely original and the car is very complete, with all unique badges and trim intact.
KTR European Motorsports of Ayer, MA has recently carried out a service costing over $18,000. This included new Borrani wire wheels and tires, full instrument restoration, fitting of a period-correct radio, a full major service as well as axle bearings and seals, new fuel pump and lines, new pinion seal and new exhaust.
If given a thorough cosmetic restoration, this Moretti would almost certainly be welcomed at any top-rank concours event and now, as a strong and entertaining driver would be a striking entry on the vintage rally scene. It's almost certain you would not encounter another in either venue.