Unusual Vehicles is a segment that focuses on the history of a unique vehicle. Concept cars are known for having some of the quirkiest designs and the Alfa Romeo Carabo is a perfect example. Designed by Marcello Gandini, the Carabo had the classic wedge shape that was prominent during the 1960s. The design became highly influential for several other cars like the Lamborghini Countach.
A cutting edge design
For the 1968 Paris Motor Show, Gandini built a car that was based on the chassis of the Alfa Romeo 33 Stradale with a V8 engine. The engine was capable of 230 bhp, which generated a top speed of 155 mph. He also broke from the tradition of rounded cars by developing a vehicle with a wedge-shaped body.
Another unique feature was scissor doors that were later adopted for the Lamborghini Countach. When the car debuted at the show, it was received positively by the press and public alike. Chris Bangle, former chief of BMW design gave his thoughts. “I am a child of those Bertone cars, particularly the Carabo. Discovering its photo for the first time in a library book in Wausau, Wisconsin marked the moment I discovered auto design.”
The most striking thing about the Carabo was its futuristic appearance. Although it was never intended to be produced, the car was fully functional.
Revolutionising the industry
Despite the Carabo never making it past the concept stage, its influence on the automotive industry can’t be understated. The wedge shape was seen as a new and revolutionary kind of design that inspired various cars of the future. They included the Lancia Stratos and Ferrari 308 G4.
A replica of the car was built on a De Tomaso Pantera, while the Fiberfab Aztec was a kit model based on the Carabo. Today, the Carabo can be seen on display in the Alfa Romeo Museum in Italy.