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A barchetta (Italian pronunciation: [barˈketta], "little boat" in Italian) was originally an Italian style of open 2-seater sports car that was built for racing. Weight and wind-resistance were kept to a minimum, and any unnecessary equipment or decoration was sacrificed to performance.
Although most barchettas were made from the late 1940s through the 1950s, the style has occasionally been revived by small-volume manufacturers and specialist builders in recent years.
Typically hand-made in aluminium on a tubular frame, the classic barchetta body is devoid of bumpers or weather equipment such as canvas top or sidescreens. There is no provision for luggage. Some barchettas have no windscreen; others, a shallow racing-type screen or aero screen(s).
The classic barchetta has either no doors, in which case entry and egress is made by stepping over the side of the car, or very small doors without exterior handles.