Whilst many designers approached the idea of the wedge car, Marcello Gandini turned it into an art form, penning such illustrious wedge cars as the Lamborghini Countach, Lancia Stratos and most daringly, the 1968 Alfa Romeo Carabo.
Built on the chassis of an Alfa Romeo 33 Stradale, far from an ordinary car to begin with, the Carabo is credited with ushering in the late 60’s and 70’s wedge design trend, possibly peaking before it had begun with this angular gem. Powered by a mid-mounted V8, the Carabo was the first car fitted with scissor doors, a design cue which later became synonymous with the Lamborghini Countach. In penning the Carabo, Gandini broke free from the traditionally rounded designs of the Lamborghini Miura and Ferrari Daytona, instead looking to the future to shape something completely original. Despite the Carabo’s artistic shape, Gandini shaped the car with the purpose of erasing the front end lift which plagued his previous car, the Lamborghini Miura. Featuring a panoramic dashboard framed by Jaeger gauges and a steering wheel straight out of Thunderbirds, the Carabo established the institution of the wedge supercar, the biggest step forward in automotive design since the Tatra T77 kick-started the streamlining craze of the 30’s.
Alfa Romeo Carabo Image Credit: classicdriver.com/