Concept Car of the Week: Bertone Alfa Romeo Carabo (1968)


Marcello Gandini’s Carabo for Alfa Romeo pioneered a distinct design language, influencing automotive icons such as the Lotus Esprit and Lamborghini Countach

It might sound unbelievable today, but despite its racing pedigree and a voluptuous body designed by Franco Scaglione, Alfa Romeo was struggling to sell the outstanding 33 Stradale. Its heavy price tag was far above that of a Lamborghini Miura and also 120hp less powerful. 

By 1969, production was discontinued and only 18 examples had been made. As a result, six of the Stradale chassis were passed on to famous Italian Carrozzeria, all of which would become car design icons. The two chassis given to Bertone became the Carabo and the Navajo, Pininfarina did the P33 roadster, the 33.2 and the Cuneo, and the final one became the ItalDesign Iguana. 

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