Concept Car of the week: Dome Zero (1978)

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Launched at the Geneva Motor show in 1978, the Dome Zero designed by Minoru Hayashi was a Japanese concept car that echoed Italdesign or Bertone

Japanese concept cars were unlikely visitors to the Geneva Motor show in the 1970s, and the one that appeared at the 1978 show was especially shocking. Its dramatic wedge suggested the latest from Italdesign or Bertone, but something about the detailing suggested another, unknown provenance – as did the name: ‘Dome Zero’. A mystery wedge from an unknown Japanese manufacturer.

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