Karmann Cheetah by Italdesign
One of his lesser known projects was the Cheetah – a small sports concept for VW via Giugiaro’s firm Italdesign.
The Cheetah is a real child of its times; having debuted at the 1971 Geneva Salon.
The X1/9-ish front end and flatbed rear was fitted over a modified Beetle floorpan bore obvious resemblance to various other Guigiaro projects – but less obviously the roof of the Cheetah was straight out of Mr Karmann’s stable of influences.
This pretty unique roof consisted of a a soft top with a translucent sunroof panel over the cockpit, which could be stored under the car’s twin seats.
Nice bit of period futurism that probably could have foreshadowed the success of Bertone’s X1/9.
File under missed opportunity, we think.
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