Development, Design and Delivery

Development

A hybrid in every sense, the Type 404/X was fabricated on the shortened Type 404 chassis with Type 403 running gear, but was fitted as standard with the Bristol 2 litre BS1/Mk2 series straight six cylinder sports engine. Driven chassis were shipped out to Italy where they were generally clad with a steel body though there were a few notable exceptions.

Design and Delivery

The bodies were designed, fabricated and fitted by Bertone at their factory. The project chief body designer was Scaglione, himself famous for the BAT “Aerodynamica” series of designs on other marques, most especially three specials based on Alfa Romeo driven chassis. The influence is obvious to cognoscenti. First production models were leaving the Bertone factory for shipment to USA in late 1953/early 1954.