1978 Sbarro Super Stash

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​This is one of my favorite "targa style" sports cars from 70's, it's the most powerful of all Stash ever build (5) in every versions from 1974 to 1980. The design is quite similar with Ferrari 308GT/4 but keeps it's own character with special details like pop/down lights and big engine power and perfomance realy impressive for an small production brand name like Sbarro.

In 1974, Franco Sbarro presents at the Geneva Motor Show its latest creation: the Stash. This three-seater coupe has been designed on the basis of SV1 with a more harmonious design. Two body styles are offered: coupé or cabriolet (targa type), the latter being called HS.

The chassis, similar to the SV1, consists of a central beam connected to a tubular frame and a reinforced roll cage doubled, all drowned in two polyester cage. Braking is provided by four discs. Sprinklers can be fitted on request. Note the presence of two luggage carrier, one in front (290 liters) the other at the rear (140 liters), offering a rare ability in this body style.

Abandoning the rotary engine of the SV1, the Stash is available with several engines. The first comes from Volkswagen, a 4-cylinder 1.8-liter K70 developing 105 DIN hp or turbo 147 hp. The second is from Mercedes 450 SE. In the latter case, the registry Stash change and no longer in the same category. The 6.9-liter V8 is twice as powerful as the VW block, with 286 horses. It seems that Stash has been equipped with a Porsche engine and another for a 6-cylinder engine BMW 3 liters. I have unfortunately no confirmation for these two engines.

Such powers could lead to smile today, but we must remember that at the time an Alpine A110 developed 95 horses, a Ferrari 308 just 255 horses! The Stash is far from being under powered, even in 4-cylinder version. The version 6.9 equipped with the Mercedes reached 240 km/h, from 0 to 100 km/h in 6.4 seconds. Or roughly the performance of a Ferrari 308.

​This is one of my favorite "targa style" sports cars from 70's, this is the most powerful of all Stash ever build (5) in every versions from 1974 to 1980. The design is quite similar with Ferrari 308GT/4 but he keeps it's own character with special details like pop/down lights and big engine power and perfomance realy impressive for an small production brand name like Sbarro. Vasileios Papaidis

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