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1968 Alfa Romeo Carabo Concept by Bertone, the Time Machine

Alfa Romeo Carabo Bertone

The origin

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.

The idea came from 1968 Paris Auto Show, where Alfa Romeo Carabo was exhibited by Bertone and shined like a star, inspiring courageous designers to break with tradition.

Alfa Romeo Carabo Bertone

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 Bertone

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”.

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Carlo Pinin
Carlo Pinin
2 years ago

Bertone è stato sicuramente il carrozziere innovativo e coraggioso di tutti! Va dato gran merito a Gandini ma soprattutto a Nuccio per avergli dato tutta la libertà!

2 years ago

This is the best automotive website ever! I am learning so many new things! I didn’t know all these exotic prototypes made in italy!

2 years ago

Bertone made the most spectacular prototypes ever!

2 years ago
Reply to  PP90

totally agree, Bertone + Gandini was the perfect match

2 years ago

Sopratutto i prototipi Bertone anni 60/70, uno spettacolo

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