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Wednesday
Jul182012

For your consideration: Bertone Rainbow Prototype

The same year my Dino's body was built in the Bertone factory, Marcello Gandini and his team were creating this wedge-like design study also based on the Ferrari 308 mechanicals.  Clearly, these themes never made it into any production Ferrari. But you can see many elements here that would find their way into several small sports cars of the 80s, particularly from Japan.  At this time, Japanese automakers had yet to emerge, butterfly-like from their mimetic, unimaginative cocoons.  But collaborations between Italian styling houses and Japanese automakers began to bear fruit. Radical Italian ideas of the mid 70s became the new Japanese look of the 80s, and the wedge went from avante garde to mainstream.

Reader Comments (4)

Some interesting elements, but too quirky. I saw it at the first NY Auto Show that was held at the Javits Center, and thought that at the time too. Your car is much better looking.
July 18, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterWalter Jamieson
Probably the only "targa" that rivals the Fiat X1/9 in practicality of top storage.
July 19, 2012 | Unregistered Commenterm4ff3w
Yes, And it's the FIAT X1/9, also by Bertone as I recall, that it's most like.
July 19, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterWalter Jamieson
Too early for the time. Ofcourse not like this but looks like from the size the TOYOTA MR-2 (AW11 1.6L with super chargermid-ship in JPN, MR-S first model) around 1985.
July 27, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterKENNY

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