Alfa Romeo Navajo by Bertone

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Of all the futuristic concepts generated by the venerable carrozeria of Bertone in the seventies, the Alfa Romeo Navajo is one of our favourites.

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The Navajo was ased on the mechanics of the venerable object of beauty that is the ,Alfa 33 Stradale . Bertone lengthened the original chassis to create a more spacious two-seater cabin than exists in the Stradale.

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That outrageous, Battlestar Galactica-style bodywork was super light, having been wrought completely in fibreglass. This of course meant that with the powerful Alfa engines would have made the Navajo a real futuristic pocket rocket.

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The front and rear spoilers were designed to adjust automatically according to the speed of the vehicle, which was a real innovation in the mid seventies. The rear wings provided an interesting flourish as well as support for the aft wing.

And as for the name: there’s something that hints at the tribal about the design – kind of a modern primitive grimace in its front, and you can imagine the shape hewn out of dark wood.

Classic Bertone, we think you’ll agree.

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