Modern technology,
inspired by the past

Ferrari Monza, 290 Mille Miglia, Testa Rossa, 335S, Maserati 300S, 450S, Ermini 357. Some of the iconic Italian racers of the 1950’s with shapes that never get old. Only a handful ever got built, with every one of them writing motor racing history. And this is reflected in their present-day value that sometimes surpasses the 30 million Euro mark.

The challenge that we have set ourselves is to catch the magic of these icons and give them modern-day technology. Cars that work. That even at 1.95m / 6’4″ height a driver can fit into. That have modern disk brakes and run on present-day fuels. That take advantage of modern materials with a full-carbon fiber body over an aviation-quality steel space frame chassis. With modern tires yet dressed out with an iconic V12 engine.

We call it Minotto.

“We are inspired by the Italian designs of the Golden Age of motor racing.”

Modern technology,
inspired by the past

Ferrari Monza, 290 Mille Miglia, Testa Rossa, 335S, Maserati 300S, 450S, Ermini 357. Some of the iconic Italian racers of the 1950’s with shapes that never get old. Only a handful ever got built, with every one of them writing motor racing history. And this is reflected in their present-day value that sometimes surpasses the 30 million Euro mark.

The challenge that we have set ourselves is to catch the magic of these icons and give them modern-day technology. Cars that work. That even at 1.95m / 6’4″ height a driver can fit into. That have modern disk brakes and run on present-day fuels. That take advantage of modern materials with a full-carbon fiber body over an aviation-quality steel space frame chassis. With modern tires yet dressed out with an iconic V12 engine.

We call it Minotto.

“We are inspired by the Italian designs of the Golden Age of motor racing.”

Iconic V12 engine

Arguably the most iconic V12 ever built is the Gioacchino Colombo-designed engine that was fitted to the Ferrari 250 GTO, the 250 SWB, the 250 Testa Rossa and the like.

We have teamed up with Roelofs Engineering, who have a very good reputation in the classic Ferrari scene and who build these engines brand new. Their typical customers are people who own an original Ferrari from the 1950’s or ’60’s and who want to do historic racing in them. They want to spare their original “matching-numbers” engine, so it is replaced with a Roelofs V12. These engines are so close to the original that even the FIA gives them their blessing.

You can’t get more noble than this. And it is the engine that we’re fitting.

“Forget about hybrids. Forget about downsizing. A passionate car like this needs a big V12 engine. Period.”

Iconic V12 engine

Arguably the most iconic V12 ever built is the Gioacchino Colombo-designed engine that was fitted to the Ferrari 250 GTO, the 250 SWB, the 250 Testa Rossa and the like.

We have teamed up with Roelofs Engineering, who have a very good reputation in the classic Ferrari scene and who build these engines brand new. Their typical customers are people who own an original Ferrari from the 1950’s or ’60’s and who want to do historic racing in them. They want to spare their original “matching-numbers” engine, so it is replaced with a Roelofs V12. These engines are so close to the original that even the FIA gives them their blessing.

You can’t get more noble than this. And it is the engine that we’re fitting.

“Forget about hybrids. Forget about downsizing. A passionate car like this needs a big V12 engine. Period.”

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Customize your Minotto

Minotto is a hand-built car. It is constructed in very limited numbers, guaranteeing exclusivity. Because it is hand-built, a good deal of customization is possible. No two cars are alike. Chose any color you like. With or without striping. Want “racing number” roundels? With lights on them, as they had for endurance racing in the 1950s? Want your windscreen higher? Or lower? Or maybe two small ones rather than one large screen? Or how about designing your own dashboard layout? Or even your own design on the dials themselves? All possible. And good fun!

We do not play the game of asking ridiculous prices for small upgrades. Modifications are fair-priced. If it costs us 300 euros to build, then that is what you pay.

Minottos also come with a three-year no-nonsense if-it’s-broken-we’ll-fix-it warrantee. We will not fly out to replace a lightbulb, or change tires. But when something serious is broken, we’ve got your back, under warrantee.

“Because the Minotto is hand-built, a good deal of customization is possible.
No two cars are alike.”

Customize your Minotto

Minotto is a hand-built car. It is constructed in very limited numbers, guaranteeing exclusivity. Because it is hand-built, a good deal of customization is possible. No two cars are alike. Chose any color you like. With or without striping. Want “racing number” roundels? With lights on them, as they had for endurance racing in the 1950s? Want your windscreen higher? Or lower? Or maybe two small ones rather than one large screen? Or how about designing your own dashboard layout? Or even your own design on the dials themselves? All possible. And good fun!

We do not play the game of asking ridiculous prices for small upgrades. Modifications are fair-priced. If it costs us 300 euros to build, then that is what you pay.

Minottos also come with a three-year no-nonsense if-it’s-broken-we’ll-fix-it warrantee. We will not fly out to replace a lightbulb, or change tires. But when something serious is broken, we’ve got your back, under warrantee.

“Because the Minotto is hand-built, a good deal of customization is possible.
No two cars are alike.”

Our story

Minotto is the story of Hans Teijgeler and Rutger Meijer. Both men who have spent their lives building things. Surfboards, sails, snowboards, bikes, motorbikes as kids. When they grew up, both Hans and Rutger have run businesses custom-building aircraft.

When Hans had a successful career as an IT manager, he bought himself a 1974 Ferrari Dino. And with that Dino came a number of new friends with much newer Ferraris. With them, he went on a yearly trek to Italy to see the Mille Miglia historic car rally. It was during these trips that Hans found out that he really preferred his old Dino over the modern cars. The latter being so incredibly capable, that driving them fast really has become too easy. In Hans’ mind, a car is much more fun when you have to work hard in it. It gives the driver much more a sense of accomplishment.

The other thing that happened in Italy is that Hans fell in love with the 1950s racers. To him, these were the ultimate cars. Stunningly beautiful, and hard work to drive. Unfortunately, the going price for them are in the tens of millions of euros. So he fell back to what he had always lived by: If you can’t buy it, then you simply build it. It was thus that Minotto was born.

From the outset, the aim was to do a limited production run, so all was done to do things properly. After building a team of good people around him, with Rutger as the linking pin, they set out to draw everything up in CAD and construct a prototype to the highest standards. After 8 years of hard work and a prototype that has gained the highest acclaims from the press, the ball started rolling.

“When I combine the combination of speed, feeling, explosiveness and emotion, there is really only car that compares: the Ferrari F40”

Carlo te Lintelo, Corsa Italia magazine

Our story

Minotto is the story of Hans Teijgeler and Rutger Meijer. Both men who have spent their lives building things. Surfboards, sails, snowboards, bikes, motorbikes as kids. When they grew up, both Hans and Rutger have run businesses custom-building aircraft.

When Hans had a successful career as an IT manager, he bought himself a 1974 Ferrari Dino. And with that Dino came a number of new friends with much newer Ferraris. With them, he went on a yearly trek to Italy to see the Mille Miglia historic car rally. It was during these trips that Hans found out that he really preferred his old Dino over the modern cars. The latter being so incredibly capable, that driving them fast really has become too easy. In Hans’ mind, a car is much more fun when you have to work hard in it. It gives the driver much more a sense of accomplishment.

The other thing that happened in Italy is that Hans fell in love with the 1950s racers. To him, these were the ultimate cars. Stunningly beautiful, and hard work to drive. Unfortunately, the going price for them are in the tens of millions of euros. So he fell back to what he had always lived by: If you can’t buy it, then you simply build it. It was thus that Minotto was born.

From the outset, the aim was to do a limited production run, so all was done to do things properly. After building a team of good people around him, with Rutger as the linking pin, they set out to draw everything up in CAD and construct a prototype to the highest standards. After 8 years of hard work and a prototype that has gained the highest acclaims from the press, the ball started rolling.

“If you can’t buy it, then you simply build it. It was thus that Minotto was born.”

Hans Teijgeler, founder of Minotto

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