Wealthy and discriminating customers. From the very beginning, Antonio was supported by fastidious customers who asked him to take care of their cars. His mechanical skills and professional reliability stood out well above the rest. In 1989, he felt ready to set up his own restoration workshop. Their two children, Renato and Sandra, were already older by this time, so Margret agreed to support his decision. And she did go all out: she took care of correspondence, procured spare parts (which were always paid directly in cash) and handled customer relations. Soon word got around about the good work Antonio was doing in his garage. One of his unique selling points was his uncompromising approach to restoration: Antonio always believed in restoring the original condition with original parts. There was no room for shortcuts or cheaper options. Antonio, in turn, only accepted customers who also appreciated this work and philosophy, and very soon he was in a position that allowed him to choose his customers. They included many well-known national and international collectors. Over the years, close relationships and friendships developed, a fact Antonio has documented in a large number of photos. However, he did not agree to work on any of the new supercars. His limit had been reached with the Ferrari F40 due to the increasing amount of electronics involved. Precision for mechanical masterpieces. He was just as precise in his approach to restorations – he only took on two to three restoration projects a year. Always ensuring quality at the highest level was a matter close to his heart. His experience allows him to solve many problems – problems that others usually give up on. This has often gained him the loyalty and admiration of customers. He is not the only famous restorer in Switzerland who knows these historic Italian sports cars so well, but hardly anyone can boast of such good relations (with the parent companies of Ferrari and Lamborghini, but also with excellent auto body repair technicians, body painters, car electricians and upholsterers) as he does. He has worked on many prestigious cars over the years. Among them, the Ferrari 250 GTO chassis 4153 GT, which sold for 70 million dollars, the Ferrari 166 Spider Vignale and Ferrari 250 MM, followed by the Ferrari 500 Superfast, 400 Superamerica, 212 Barchetta, 250 Tour de France, 250 Spider California, 250 SWB, 512 BB LM, etc. The most prestigious of all, however, is still the Ferrari 500 F2, with which Alberto Ascari won the first two Formula 1 World Championship titles for Ferrari in 1952 and 1953, and thanks to which Antonio was admitted to the Club Meccanici Anziani F1, a recognition that is very rarely granted and one that makes him understandably very proud.
We toast Maestro Antonio and his dear wife, Margret, their extraordinary creativity and their impressive life’s work. We are happy to take with us one tradition that is thought to bring good luck, which we learned about here: the first sip of Prosecco goes into the radiator and the cork under the steering wheel. Here’s to a safe journey!