History of the Cimbria

The Cimbria and its variants have been around since the mid 1970s. This is when a well engineered Gullwing masterpiece emerged on the market. It was born from a company Called Amore Cars located in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

The Cimbria was the creative work of Joe Palumbo. Joe is a car enthusiast and entrepreneur who is still very active in the car design world and is still active with a new high-end exotic hybrid sports car he is developing. Thank you Joe.

The original production run for the Cimbria started in the mid 1970s.

Sometime in 1978 the Cimbria SS was introduced. The SS represented a more refined version of the original.

Production of the SS ran until approximately 1982. During this time almost 500 lucky people built their own dream cars.

Other minor variants of this car where made including the Nereia, the Bernardi (only 4 built), and the Viper 2000 (only 1 built).

Several significant differences exist between the original Cimbria and the SS. The feature that will tell you the difference between an original and an SS that stands out the most is the door. The original Cimbria doors were shorter and were hinged much closer to the edge of the roof, while the SS had taller doors that hinged near the middle of the roof.

Other features of the original Cimbria include a split rear window, engine cover similar to the DeTomaso Mangusta, pop-up headlights, a single, deep side scoop mounted mid-height behind the door.

The Cimbria is a solid, tastefully styled, all-fiberglass bodied car.

The Viper 2000

The next eventual Cimbria SS variant, known as the Viper 2000, represents a fascinating commentary on the evolution and development of this exquisite car.

This variant was produced by a splinter company called Advanced Automotive Technologies, formed by Gary Minor, Nelson Boone Jr., and Joe Palumbo.

The Viper was an immaculately refined true supercar that was hand-crafted and assembled to the buyers’ specifications. It offered a big engine on a well-balanced chassis.

The car had a 0-60 time under 4 seconds. The problem was that all of this custom fabrication work and factory assembly pushed the price of the car above $60,000, which in mid-80s dollars made it even more expensive than a DeLorean, Porsche Carrera, and the supper Vette of the day. As such, it was an awesome car that got very flattering press.

The Bernardi

The Bernardi is a Canadian variant of the Cimbria SS, although its Cimbria heritage is absolutely undeniable to the eye.

This Car was built by Fortvac Automobiles in Quebec. They began offering the car and, although not mentioning the Cimbria by name, the company brochure boasted a long process of “redesigning an existing body.”

This car was DOT approved.

In 2010 we bought the Fortvac Bernardi. We loved the car so much we bought the company, well at least the rights to use the name and reproduce the car.

As we started down the path of building a car we decided we needed to take some time and think it out. Being a long time car guy and having spent a lot of time thinking about what I liked in a car, I decided the best approach would be to take the best of several brilliant car builders and combine them into one simple sports car.

So we set out to get some inspiration. We know some of the features we liked, for example it had to look like a sports car. We wanted it be a Gullwing car, we wanted to handle like it rode on a rail, and it had to have great performance.

We found it hard to hire some of the great minds in the car business so we did the next best thing, we collected the cars that these great minds created.

From Malcolm Bricklin (good friend and a great guy) The Bricklin SV

From Joe Palumbo- a Cibria SS and the one and only Viper 2000

From Canida we have the Bernardi


From America we have a few Corvettes.

From Coventry England we have a number of Jaguars.

Each car allows us to study the best each one offers and take the best for our new design. We can also learn to stay away from some mistakes.
The next generation, the next variant is coming out and it will be called the Tacit SS.

While all the designs are not done yet some features that will let it stand out from the fine line of cars that came before it will be a front engine rear-wheel drive layout.

A wider and more spacious cockpit. And modern creature comforts we have all grown to find it hard to live without.

Each car will be hand-crafted in our assembly in our plant in Delaware.

Made with pride in the USA
Made with pride in the USA