The legendary music producer behind Donna Summer’s “Love to Love You Baby” and Kenny Loggins’ “Danger Zone” built a supercar with an ex-Lamborghini engineer.
Celebrity musicians regularly drop bundles of cash on luxury custom rides—Drake’s Mercedes-Maybach G-Wagen and Justin Bieber’s wildly-modded Rolls-Royce Wraith are a couple outstanding examples. But hardly any hitmakers can claim to have an exotic car named after them.
Giorgio Moroder can. The legendary producer dubbed the “Father of Disco” wrote and/or produced numerous hits dating back to the 1970s, from classic dance floor staples like Donna Summer’s “Love to Love You Baby”, “MacArthur Park” and “On the Radio” to classic Top Gun anthems “Danger Zone” by Kenny Loggins and “Take My Breath Away” by Berlin.
Moroder also voices the EDM track “Giorgio by Moroder” on Daft Punk’s 2013 Grammy-winning album Random Access Memories and recently collaborated with Duran Duran on the veteran pop band’s new record Future Past.
His last name is also forever linked to this 1988 Cizeta-Moroder V16T, going on sale through RM Sotheby’s in early 2022. According to the automotive auction house, the project was born of Lamborghini engineer Claudio Zampolli’s desire to build his own supercar after relocating to Los Angeles.
Moroder acted as an investor, while the bodywork was conceived by Marcelo Gandini, the legendary designer behind the Miura and Countach.
This example, chassis No. 001, was a prototype first shown in 1988 at a glitzy unveiling event hosted by Jay Leno and featuring an original composition by Moroder titled “A Car Is Born.” However, delays and frustrations led to Moroder’s name being dropped from subsequent production cars, of which there were only nine.
Powered by a transverse-mounted 6.0-liter V16, the car is finished in pearl white over a red leather interior. Chassis No. 001 also features numerous elements that differ significantly from production V16Ts, including larger side intakes with more strakes, a diagonal crease in the lower bodywork that ties in to the rear bumper, as well as different turn signals, fog lamps and side mirrors. The cockpit’s dashboard central tunnel, steering wheel, door panels and seats are also totally unique.
After decades of ownership, Moroder decided to have the vehicle fully recommissioned on the recommendation of Leno in 2018. He’s now selling the sole Citzeta-Moroder V16T at RM Sotheby’s 23rd annual Arizona sale on January 27—click here for more info.