Chevrolet Corvair Testudo (1963)
One of the greatest Bertone design experiments. Be sure to look and think about its doors.
Alfa Romeo Proteo concept-car (1991)
The basis for the well loved GTV was first shown at the 91 Geneva Motorshow, with hints from the previously launched SZ Zagato in its design. It featured a (very well tuned) 3.0 V6 engine and four-wheel drive.
When the first GTV hit the public a few years later, Alfa lovers were quite pleased to see so many resemblances to this gorgeous concept car.
Designed from Alfa Romeo in-house’s Walter de Silva.
BMW 2800 Bertone Spicup (1969)
A one-off built for BMW by Bertone/Marcello Gandini, which was more than a simple prototype, since this was regularly driven by someone who actually bought it after its presentation during the 69 Geneva Show.
The Spicup was built to be both a spider and a coupé, which was ambitious; at the same time, it turned this into a flop. It didn’t fit nowhere near the delicate lines of the (then) current BMW 2000 lineup. It’s as beautiful as it is ugly.
And yes, BMW was most likely inspired by the Alfa Romeo Montreal, which had been presented as a prototype a couple of years before this debut.
Alfa Romeo BAT concepts artwork (1953-1955)
Out of which three working prototypes were made, at the hands of Bertone.
Alfa Romeo 33 Prototype Speciale (1969)
Not too sure about the official “Speciale” designation, but either way it is special on its own alright.
Design by Pininfarina.
Hispano-Suiza Dubonnet Xenia (1938)
From an interesting Spanish engineering firm with quite the reputation for plane-like luxury cars (worth mentioning they also built aviation engines).
Porsche Tapiro concept (1970)
Designed by Giorgetto Giugiaro.
Chrysler 300X Concept (1966)
Ford Mustang — The original Roadster concept, from 1962.
This was actually the very beggining for the Mustang, even though very little was used to the final design you know and love. It started its life as an open, two-seater with a 4 cylinder engine mounted at the middle.
Plymouth XX-500 Concept (1950)