"The original Volkswagen Beetle’s silhouette is as distinctive as it is ubiquitous. Curvy yes, sporty, no. But then that wasn’t part of the Beetle’s brief. Designed in 1938 to get the German masses moving, it took until 1945 for "
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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