Alfa Romeo Carabo

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Alfa Romeo Carabo
1968 Alfa Romeo Carabo.jpg
DesignerMarcello Gandini at Bertone
Body and chassis
ClassConcept car
Body style2-door coupe
LayoutRMR layout
RelatedAlfa Romeo 33 Stradale
Alfa Romeo 33.2
Alfa Romeo Iguana
Alfa Romeo Navajo
Engine2.0 L (1995 cc) V8
TransmissionColotti 6-speed manual[1]
Wheelbase2,350 mm (92.5 in)
Length4,176 mm (164.4 in)
Width1,785 mm (70.3 in)
Height990 mm (39.0 in)
Curb weight1,000 kg (2,205 lb)

The Alfa Romeo Carabo is a concept car first shown at the 1968 Paris Motor Show.[1] It was designed by Marcello Gandini, working for the Bertone design studio.[2] The Carabo name is derived from the Carabidae beetles, as evoked by the car's iridescent green and orange coloring.

Carabo with doors open

The wedge design came into fashion in the late 1960s. The Carabo is often considered[according to whom?] the winner of the 'Wedge War' award of 1968 and as the direct predecessor of the Lamborghini Countach and having heavily influenced many car designs to follow well into the next decade. It was never intended for production but was fully functional and showcased features never expressed in any other car design of its day, including its wedge design and scissor doors.

The prototype was built on the chassis of an Alfa Romeo 33 Stradale (chassis No. 750.33.109.), which features a mid-mounted 2.0 L V8 engine mated to a 6-speed Colotti manual transmission. The Carabo engine made 230 bhp (172 kW; 233 PS) at 8,800 rpm and 200 N⋅m (148 lbf⋅ft) of torque at 7,000 rpm. This allowed it to be able to reach a top speed of 250 km/h (155 mph).[1]

The scissor doors later appeared on the Lamborghini Countach, which was also designed by Marcello Gandini.


Sam Foose (father of Chip Foose) built a replica of the Carabo on a De Tomaso Pantera platform after he was unable to buy the concept from Bertone.[3] The Fiberfab Aztec 7 was a kit car model based on the Carabo.[4]

In the media[edit]

Marvel Comics' Nick Fury makes a quick getaway from some Las Vegas thugs in his red "Carabo" in Marvel Spotlight Vol.1, issue 31 (dated December 1976) titled "Assignment: the Infinity Formula".


  1. ^ a b c "Alfa Romeo Carabo Concept". Retrieved 2009-07-05.
  2. ^ "The Stars & Cars of Bertone". Road & Track: 78. November 2014.
  3. ^ "Foose Made Alfa Romeo Carabo Replica". Archived from the original on 2010-05-29. Retrieved 2010-05-26.
  4. ^ "Rare Kit Car Sighting: Fiberfab Aztec 7". Archived from the original on 2016-03-04. Retrieved 2015-08-19.

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