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interior for a madman.

This one!

It’s from the 1978 Lancia Sibilo Concept, designed by Bertone. What are those red and orange buttons!?

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Montreal + Espada + Gandini + GM V8 = LELE?

I had never heard of the ISO LELE until today.  In fact I don’t even remember ever seeing a picture or anything of it.  Much to my surprise I was thumbling through some UK classic car mag and saw a yellow one plastered all around a couple of pages.  The first thing I thought was that it looked like a rejected Bertone concept—-the Montreal-style eyelids in the front, and the swooping Espada-like side profile.  I have to say having come home and looked at some more photos—-i’m starting to see some of the 1969 Frua-inspired ‘coupe’  wedge design influences on the car pop up more.    The car was penned by Gandini, which would explain this whoring of design features.

Oh, and it had a GM or a Ford sourced V8 under the hood (depending on the year it was produced between 1969 and 1974—which makes it sort of like an illegal immigrant version of a ‘wannabe’ Montreal, really….

Fascinating car.  Always nice to discover new things in the world of automobiles.

all photos taken from: Concept Carz

here’s a short video i found of one being pulled out of storage and onto a flatbed.  It has interesting proportions, looks a lot more ‘practical’ in shape compared to other ISOs of the time.

also a primitive, yet informative page about the Lele:

http://www.californiaclassix.com/archive/72_Iso_Lele_c107.html

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6 ultra rare Bertone concepts to RM Auction

Wow.  Never thought these would be in auction; apparently Bertone is really suffering…and are supposedly liquidating their museum.  How sad.

Included are the unbelievably cool father-of-the-Lamborghini-Espada—–the Lamborghini Marzal—– as well as the Original Lancia Stratos Zero Concept.  The Lamborghini Bravo concept has also always been one of my favourite ‘lost’ concepts from the 70s wedge-shaped revolution.

list of the 6 cars:

1967 Lamborghini Marzal


1963 Chevrolet Testrudo

1974 Lamborghini Bravo Concept


1978 Lancia Sibilo

1980 Lamborghini Athon

1970 Lancia Stratos HF Zero

source: http://www.rmauctions.com/PressRelease.cfm?PressID=771

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foto of the day. Canguro.

1964 Alfa Romeo Canguro (Bertone)


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book: Alfa Romeo Montreal

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Fantastic new book written by Bruce Taylor outlines the story, development, and information behind the Alfa Romeo Montreal.  One of my all-time favourite cars, this book looks outstanding! Will have to pick up a copy when my wallet fills up again.

You can preview most of the book on Google Books:
http://books.google.com/books?id=HXYDDbKMJhYC&dq=%22alfa+romeo+montreal%22+%22the+dream+car+that+came+true%22&printsec=frontcover&source=bl&ots=lH81HWgZ-F&sig=HFmA-fiDpSwdtteWiwQTtSeGL84&hl=en&ei=4Mn8Sr-9GtO6ngeKmdyPCw&sa=X&oi=book_result&ct=result&resnum=5&ved=0CBMQ6AEwBA#v=onepage&q=&f=false

convinced? wanna pre-order a copy at Amazon.com

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1845842189

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stillborn bull: 1974 Lamborghini Bravo

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This was due to be the replacement for the Lamborghini Urraco, however it was launched to the world as a concept in 1974 by Bertone, however the global economy was slumping, fuel costs were rising, and Ferrucio Lamborghini was retiring.  From what i’ve read, there is widespread reporting that this Bravo was tested heavily prior to its introduction (40,000+ miles), but unfortunately it never made it to production.  3.0L engine pumping 300hp through a small, relatively light body and short wheelbase.  Smaller, lower, and shorter than the Countach, it definitely ‘borrowed’ some ideas from the Countach.

It looks like Lamborghini would have definitely had an amazing rival to the Ferrari Dino, had they have made this…..

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Word is, you can still see the car at the Bertone Museum in Turin, Italy.

1974 Lamborghini Bravo-a

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foto of the day.

Siata 208S Coupe!

Siata 208S Coupe

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