The Cars That Money Can’t Buy – Alfa Romeo Carabo

Sun 31st Mar 2019

Sometimes your wallet won’t stretch to purchasing your dream motor. But don’t worry too much, there are some cars that even the biggest bank balances can’t buy, the dream cars that will forever remain a dream. These are the concept cars that never go into production.

Alfa Romeo Carabo
Think of the great wedge supercars of the 1970s and it is likely you will think of Lamborghini's Countach, Lotus’s Esprit, the DeLorean or even the Aston Martin Lagonda. But before all those iconic cars there was the Alfa Romeo Carabo, a concept car which was born in 1968.

The Carabo, is a car named for the Carabidae beetles, and this is possibly a nod to the fly-like wing doors which when opened give the car a distinctive look. Unlike the gull-wing doors of the 1960s, this doors rose horizontally, but also moved forward, and were known as scissor doors, possibly because they looked so sharp.

Designed by Marcello Gandini, the man who would later gain fame for designing almost every famous Lamborghini, including the aforementioned Countach, Gandini created a car with a low flat nose, and a typically styled mid-engine, which allowed for a ridiculously low height of just 38.9 inches. Though the Carabo’s engine was quite modestly sized at just two litres, it was still able to offer 230bhp and travel from 0-60mph in just 5.5 seconds, mainly due to the all-aluminium construction and aerodynamic design.

Alfa Romeo debuted the Carabo at the 1968 Paris Motor Show, and the Italian company left it at that, but the wedge design and scissor doors lived on in a multitude of sports cars in the following decade.