by Stan Mott
Ministry of Propaganda
Published in Road & Track’s 30th Anniversary edition, June, 1997
Many of R&T’s younger readers may be unaware that the Cyclops legend began much earlier that with R&T’s March introduction of the Cyclops II. In fact, it began before the Beginning of History (R&T June 1947), toward the end of World War II actually, around the time Allied forces began their Grand Prix race north through Italy to Berlin.
Thereafter, Piero Martini, genius creator and manufacturer of Cyclops, introduced many successful models: Cyclops in 1961, 007 in 1965, Indy & Tagliafciata in 1967, 2-Plus Turbo in 1969, and Ecce Homo in 1971. We all know and admire these machines.
But what about the rare Cyclopes? The models about which even the elder and well-informed enthusiasts may not have heard?
I am pleased to report that in celebration of Road & Track’s 30th Anniversary, Maestro Martini has instructed me to offer the following selection of rare and/or unusual Cyclops for the pleasure of all enthusiasts.