This extraordinary automobile, with design inspired by the 1931 Bucciali TAV-8 Cabriolet, is the only one of its kind. In the very early 1970s, William Tishman saw a photograph from the 1931 Paris Salon, of a French show car called the Bucciali. That photo became the inspiration for this re-creation.
Tishman worked ten years to complete this car, “a vehicle with all the modern electronic conveniences of today, but outside it is the essence of the 1930s.”
The car's exterior looks strikingly like the original Bucciali, with distinctive high fenders which meet the low hood line and give the car its underslung look. Tishman designed virtually every aspect of the car, from the all-steel body, to a refreshment center that can dispense hot and cold water into lead crystal glasses neatly fitted under spigots.
Almost every part of this car, from door handles to the gas cap, is handmade. The few “stock” production parts include the GM heating and air conditioning system and the radio/tape deck. Tishman toured this fully roadworthy 6,000 pound car from West Coast to East Coast and back after its completion in 1983.