The Alfa Romeo Carabo by Bertone: The 1970s was the period of radical cars such as Lamborghini Countach, Aston Martin Lagonda, DMC DeLorean and some other iconic supercars that were not like what people expected a production car to be like, each different in some way but all following a wedge body trend which was a revolution in car designing.
Marcello Gandini was assigned to design a car to be built on one of the Alfa Romeo P-33 Stradale chassis sent to Bertone for a concept car, the chassis no. 750.33.109. Once again he created a masterpiece, a wedge shaped body with a blade nose, edgy style and sharp lines, forming a harmonious figure, as low as 99cm, finished in iridescent green, trimmed with black and an orange stripe around the nose.
It featured scissor doors which gave the Alfa Romeo Carabo Bertone an impressive look, and later became Gandini’s signature on Lamborghini cars. Regarding the color and the way its doors opened, the car was named after Carabidae beetles.
The Alfa Romeo Carabo's technical specifications
The Alfa Romeo Carabo was not just a show concept, but a real performance car weighing around 1000kg, using a mid-engine layout and it was powered by a DOHC 2-valves & 2-parks/cyl naturally aspirated 1995cc V8 @ 90° dry-sump longitudinally mounted engine, fed by Spica fuel injection, able to produce 227hp @ 8800rpm & 183Nm @ 7000rpm of power & torque respectively, which was transmitted through a 6-speed manual gearbox by Colotti to the rear wheels propelling the car to a top speed of around 250km/h with a 0-100km/h acceleration time of around 6 seconds. It featured an aluminum body, all ventilated disk brakes and Double wishbone suspension system with coil springs.
Alfa Romeo Carabo was and remains one of the most avant-garde, inspiring and advanced concept cars ever produced. It’s currently owned by FCA Heritage and is on public exhibition at “Museo Storico Alfa Romeo”, titled as “La Macchina del Tempo”, which means “the Time Machine”.