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The Unfulfilled Promise of the Lancia Kayak

In the vibrant tapestry of automotive history, certain moments stand out as missed opportunities – instances where a concept car, though brimming with potential, fails to materialize into a production marvel. The Lancia Kayak, a sleek and sporty concept designed by Luciano D’Ambrosio and crafted by the renowned Italian coachbuilder Bertone, stands as one such lamentable example. Unveiled in 1995 at the Geneva Motor Show, the Kayak was poised to be a modern heir and reinterpretation of classic postwar Lancia coupés like the iconic Aurelia B20. In this article, we explore the distinctive features of the Lancia Kayak and delve into the reasons behind its unfortunate fate, contrasting it with the lackluster Lancia Kappa coupé that eventually made its way into production.