Giannini and Taraschi

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In 1920 the brothers Domenico and Attilio Giannini opened an Itala dealership. Soon afterwards they began preparing and modifying the cars for competition use, including entry to the Mille Miglia where one of their cars achieved a class win in 1927. Their business expanded when the Topolino arrived on the scene, and in 1938 they set numerous world records with a rebodied (single seater) 500, powered by a 499cc engine with a Siata cylinder head. Following the second world war Giannini continued to develop the small Fiat engines, especially the OHV unit from the 500B. They then went on to develop their own engines, first the G1, a sohc 660cc and later the G2 which was a dohc 750cc. Around the same time as these engines were developed, Attilio joined with Berardo Taraschi to form a new company, called Giaur. The aim was to build sportscars, using the Giannini engines, and the resulting cars achieved great successes.


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1937 Giannini Sport Roma Collection (photo courtesy of the Mitichi web site


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1948 Giannini 750 Sport 


Giannini Ex Howard


1951 Giannini Luciano Rupolo


Period Giannini Photos


Giannini G2 DOHC Engine  




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