The perfect boat according to the businessman Gianni Agnelli


Images from: “Milestones in my Designs”, by Renato “Sonny” Levi

After all, the successful modern “super day cruisers” are not something new since we can go back to the 1960s to find the first prototypes.

It was the year 1967 when the Italian automotive businessman Gianni Agnelli visited Renato “Sonny” Levi, one of the pioneers of the modern powerboats.

“I need a fast commuter – Mr. Agnelli said – “comfortable in rough sea and with speed above 55 knots. You know, I would like to join an offshore competition and get to the finish line… before the winner”.

G. Cinquanta, the perfect boat according to Gianni Agnelli

Thus, in June 1968, the “ G. Cinquanta”, whose name clearly means “ Gianni, 50 knots” was launched. Built by Delta, it was a 11-meter laminated boat powered by four Vulcano BPM engines (two shaftdrives in the bow and two V-drive in the transom) for a total of 1,280 HP.

The interior design was by Pininfarina, who conceived a special helm station and two small berths with a toilet inside.

After 2,000 miles covered in one season, the Lawyer thanked Sonny Levi for having created the “perfect boat” for him.


Images from: “Milestones in my Designs”, by Renato “Sonny” Levi



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