G. Fifty, the perfect boat according to Gianni Agnelli


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G. Fifty Gianni Agnelli
Images from: “Milestones in my Designs,” by Renato “Sonny” Levi

After all, they had already invented everything in the 1960s. The “super day cruiser” that we so admire today, capable of reaching supersonic speeds, but with a cabin on the bow, because you never know what to do when you stop.

Let’s go in order.

It was 1967 when entrepreneur Gianni Agnelli introduced himself to Renato “Sonny” Levi, one of the fathers of modern powerboats. “I need a fast commuter,” says the Advocate, “comfortable in rough seas and doing at least 55 knots. You know, I’d like to get to the finish line of an offshore race-before the winner.”

G. Fifty - Photo courtesy Remi Dargegen/RM Sotheby's
G. Fifty – Photo courtesy: Remi Dargegen/RM Sotheby’s

The “G. Cinquanta,” Gianni Agnelli’s boat.

Et voilà. In June 1968 the “G. Fifty,” whose name clearly means “Gianni, 50 knots,” is in the water. It is an 11-meter built by Delta Shipyard, all laminate including the deck with a thin layer of teak.

At the stern, four Vulcan BPM engines (two in the shaft line plus forward and two V drives on the transom) totaling 1280 horsepower are the beating heart of the powerboat. To steer it, Pininfarina designs an ad hoc wheelhouse and also takes care of the interior, two small beds and a toilet.

Watch the video on Gianni Agnelli’s G. Cinquanta here.

After 2,000 miles traveled in one season, the lawyer, Gianni Agnelli, will thank Sonny Levi for creating the “perfect boat” for him.


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



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