Luxury Design, Past & Present
Vintage Piero Fornasetti Plate, Dated 1968,
Special Edition for the 49th Salone Internationale dell Automobile di Torino 1-12 Novembre 1967.
The Piero Fornasetti plate was made as a limited edition plate for the 49th Turin Motor Show which ran 1-12 November 1967.
The plate depicts La Jamais Contente (The Never Satisfied) which was the first road vehicle to go over 100 kilometres per hour (62 mph). It was a Belgian electric vehicle with a light alloy torpedo shaped bodywork and batteries. The high position of the driver and the exposed chassis underneath spoiled much of the aerodynamics. The light alloy called partinium is an alloy of aluminum, tungsten and magnesium.
The land speed record was established on April 29 or May 1, 1899 at Achères, Yvelines near Paris, France. The vehicle had two direct drive Postel-Vinay 25 kW motors, running at 200 V drawing 124 Amperes each for about 68 hp, and was equipped with Michelin tires. Chassis number was n°25.
The vehicle was driven by the Belgian driver Camille Jenatzy. Camille was the son of Constant Jenatzy, a manufacturer of rubber products (rubber was still a novelty at the time). Camille had studied as an engineer, with an interest in electric traction automobiles. He became known for his record-breaking speed runs, and was nicknamed Le Diable Rouge ("The Red Devil") for the colour of his beard. He died in 1913, after being shot in a hunting accident.
The first edition of the "Salon", called Show of Cars , took place in the house of Fine Arts at Valentino , 21 to 24 April 1900 , and was the first automobile exhibition organized in Italy .