Here comes a list of the top ten wedge cars. As you can see the space age of the late sixties and early seventies did not only hit the fashion industry with bell-bottomed trousers and platform shoes. A new invented category of cars was born – the glorious wedge-shaped concept cars. Almost half a century later they still look admirable, even they emerged from our minds.
1.) FERRARI 512S MODULO
Based on the incredible Ferrari 512S race car, Pininfarina’s 1970 Modulo concept was everything a space age concept car, equipped with a mid-mounted V12 providing 550 horesepower should be. It really looked spaceship-like but also could run upt to 350 km/h.
2.) ALFA ROMEO CARABO
This metallic green masterpiece was based on the Alfa Romeo 33 Stradale and designed by Marcello Gandini’s. One striking fact about the 1968 Carabo is the invention of the scissor doors by Gandini, which later became a signature feature of the Lamborghini Countach.
3.) LANCIA STRATOS ZERO
The 1970 Stratos Zero was the most radical and dramatic concept car of its age. From the floor to its highest point, it only measured 33 inches. A hinged windshield served as the only door of the whole car, which was equipped with a Lancia Fulvia V6 engine. Again the creator of this unique car is Marcello Gandini.
4.) MERCEDES-BENZ C111
The C111 remained as one of the biggest what-ifs of the automotive industry, because it never got into production. Nevertheless, the C111 was a big milestone in terms of a testing mule for many other highly powered turbocharged engines.
5.) BMW TURBO
The BMW Turbo concept was made to celebrate the Berlin Olympics in 1972. It was futuristic concept with low body lines created by Paul Bracq. Unfortunately BMW lost the gullwing doors along their process in designing.
6.) ASTON MARTIN BULLDOG
The 1979 Aston Martin Bulldog was the only mid-engined car they ever introduced. Designed by Lagonda designer William Towns, it was stripped down to basic geometry. This concept car was equipped with a 5.3L V8 engine providing 600 horsepower and a top speed of 190 MPH.
7.) LAMBORGHINI BRAVO
The 1974 Lamborghini Bravo, again designed by Marcello Gandini, was the more radical version of the Countach. Equipped with a mid-mounted 300 horsepower V8 engine, an minimalist interior finished with Alcantara and rear hood panals, the Lamborghini Bravo was a true styling beast.
8.) MASERATI BOOMERANG
With the 1971 Maserati Boomerang, Giorgietto Giugiaro created this wedge-shaped coupé with the typical gigantic trident logo on the front hood. Even though the Boomerang was equipped with a 4,7L V8 engine, the instrument cluster was its the most striking achievement. All gauges were placed within the steering wheel, which doesn’t have a central hub but rotates around the edge of the console.
9.) CITROËN GS CAMARGUE
The Citroën GS Camargue was based on the middle-class GS sedan and designed by Marcello Gandini as a two-door coupé with four seats. Compared to the other cars of the List, this car is a rather moderate version of a wedge-shape car.
10.) PORSCHE TAPIRO
The Porsche Tapiro was introduced in 1970 and designed by Giorgietto Giugiaro. It is built on the Porsche 914/6 chassis and provided with gullwing doors and gullwing rear hood. After being bought by a Spanish industrialist in 1972, the car was eventually burned by a group of labor activists in the 80s, was bought back by Giugiaro and is now located in the Italdesign’s museum.
Report by vintagestyle.eu