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G. Cinquanta Sonny Levi

1968 Sonny Levi “G. Cinquanta”

Whoa, get your bid in for G. CINQUANTA. This custom gentleman’s fast commuter was commissioned by Fiat fame Gianni Agnelli and is currently up for auction. Giovanni “Gianni” Agnelli was the head of Fiat, Alfa Romeo, Lancia and Ferrari. He was known for his quirky fashion taste and influence with his two passions – unique automobiles and yachts.

Renato Levi is a renowned Pakistani-born boat designer known for his delta hulls with long overhanging bows and longitudinal steps. He made a name for himself creating boats for the rich and famous in Italy – Count Corrado Agusta, Prince Karim Agha Khan and Roberto Olivetti. He also designed boats for the distinguished Baglietto and Riva boatyards and designed Richard Branson’s Virgin Atlantic Challenger.

G. Cinquanta Sonny Levi

In 1967, Agnelli commissioned Renato Levi to design him a “fast pleasure craft”. The result was the 37 ft. (11.28 m) “G. Cinquanta” of G50 powered by four BPM legendary 8.0-litre, V-8 Vulcano engines totalling 1,280 hp. Selecting BPM engines, Levi chose the same dependable and light V-8 used on the Italian Coast Guard Fast patrol boats to chase the cigarette smugglers in the Adriatic Sea.

G. Cinquanta Sonny Levi

The boat was built by Cantiere Delta in Anzio, with the strong hull being made in four cross-plies of laminated mahogany-epoxy sandwich with a deck in teak from Burma.

The cockpit and cabin was designed by Sergio Pininfarina and offers two bunks as well as a toilet, sink and shower for overnighters. Shade is provided for the cockpit and aft by white Bimini sunroofs and there is the original stern ladder for easy access to water recreation.

The boat’s been updated with four new BPM V-8 Vulcanos, which have just over 100 hours and offers 35 knots at cruise and 55 knots top speed. She’s is in impeccable running condition while still original from deck to bottom.

The Auction runs online until July 22. The current bid at posting is €270,000.