Anyone who has been to Milan in his life, even if only once, has witnessed with his own eyes the exaggerated luxury that imbues one specific street of the historical center. We are of course referring to via MonteNapoleone, part of the famed “Fashion Quadrilatero” and also the one tourists, middle-eastern big-buyers and supercar spotters know best.
Author: Alvise Mori
Pictures by: Alvise Mori for Milano16V
Artwork by: Davide Angeli for Automobili Amos
Organizers: Larusmiani, Automobili Amos and ALCANTARA
Exotic cars are indeed a common sight in front of the shining windows of Gucci, Cartier and Rolex, with a daily parade of vehicles ranging from basic 911s and Range Rovers all the way up to elusive hypercars that are usually confined to Instagram photoshoots - a Bugatti EB110 and a Ferrari F50 amongst the craziest we’ve stumbled into.
Yet, after 7pm, when all the shops close and tourists migrate to the backalleys of Brera for some expensive and not so tasteful pizza, via MonteNapoleone - or Montenapo, as many call it - suddenly becomes empty and quiet.
So the chattering noise coming from behind the corner, as we walked down Via Verri, was the first signal that something that night was different. It was 8pm of the 13th of February 2019, and us, the whole team of Milano16V, were arriving at the Larusmiani Boutique to join many others petrolheads from Italy and all over the world in celebrating the official launch of Automobili Amos’ Delta Futurista, which for the occasion was solemnly parked in Larusmiani’s front window.
Via MonteNapoleone was unusually crowded, with the always impeccable waiters of Cova rushing back and forth from the café to the boutique across the street, bringing trays of superb appetizers and many champagne bottles.
The park cars also denoted a taste well different from that of young ballers that usually take the spots. There were no golden Lamborghini and matte green Mercedes in sight; instead, a Ferrari 512TR, Guglielmo Miani’s own 993 Turbo special commission and one of very few Alfa Romeo Auto Tecnica del Lario 1900 were all there, taking up the public’s attention.
Eugenio Amos’ arrival in a roaring Delta Integrale officially marked the beginning of the party. The setting was one of the classiest you can imagine, as all the three stories of the boutique were open to the public, including the caveau on floor -1 that houses Aldo Lorenzi’s knives and some of the most refined Lausmiani creations, including mother of pearl clad humidors and golden card decks.
But the star of the night was of course the green car parked in the window. The shape unmistakingably calls it off as a Delta, and at the same time it’s easy to understand that’s a radically different car.
It’s modern, aggressive, and technological in a way no restomod Delta could be. It is, to the glorious 1980s Lancia, what the Yellowbird Anniversary is to the original Ruf CTR.
The wide fenders and bare carbon front end blend perfectly with the original Giugiaro design, proving how well the teams at Automobili Amos and Borromeo De Silva have worked.
The LED headlights, possibly my favourite detail of the Futurista, give you the sensation that you could drive it full force down a winding road at night without the smallest hesitation.
The main difference between the Futurista and the Lancia lies in the door: all the rally versions of the Delta (save the S4, of course) have four, as there was no point in producing an entirely new body, and also because the regulations required cars to be, more or less, bare adaptations of their road counterparts.
The Futurista only has two. For how strange it might appear at first, and I confess I didn’t quite like it in the beginning, that’s a bold statement: the Futurista is not an adapted road car, it’s a purebreed racing car. Period.
The interior confirms that: there are two rear seats, but the Recaro racing seats in the front do not tilt. Good luck on carving your place in the back. Another classy detail is the beautiful Larusmiani toolkit, included in every Futurista, crafted in Alcantara, matching the interior finishing. Everything indeed, from the seats to the ceiling, steering wheel and door panels included, is clad in a beautiful light brown shade of Alcantara.
When you step inside and sit at the driver’s spot, you don’t smell that “new car” fragrance, you smell elegance. Just put your hands on the wheel, and you understand that the Futurista is conceived for gentlemen drivers.
Eugenio Amos gives you 330hp, and you decide whether to unleash them in a white bespoke shirt and Alden loafers alongside Lake Como, or on track in a racesuit. And if you choose the racesuit, make sure it’s the one from the Larusmiani x Automobili Amos capsule collection!