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Wednesday, May 13, 2020

An unconventional styling experiment of Bertone on the Ferrari 308 GT4

At that time, after more than 15 years of designing and developing the cars from other brands, and through the Ferrari 308 GT Rainbow was a sign of the return of Bertone, a famous Italian coachbuilder to design the Ferrari's.
1976 Ferrari 308 GT Rainbow concept built on the Ferrari 308 GT4 chassis by Bertone. (Picture from: https://bit.ly/35Megnu)
While previously the design of the Ferrari Dino 308 GT4 car has been known to represent a mixture of calmness and tradition from the Maranello-based premium car manufacturer, the design of the Ferrari Rainbow seemed to imply an experimental styling that was far from conventional.
1976 Ferrari 308 GT Rainbow concept is known is the first Ferrari's mid-engined sports car with a retractable hard-top. (Picture from: https://bit.ly/35Megnu)
In fact, this model is reportedly not intended to be produced in general, therefore Bertone is able to interpret its design themes without obstacles but still adhere to the vehicle's functionality.

In construction, Rainbow uses the same chassis as the Ferrari 308 GT4 combined with a 3.0-liter V8 engine that is believed to be capable of producing power of 250 horsepower. And by the chassis cutting as long as a 10 cm, giving a compact and aggressive look to the Rainbow figure.
Intrerior view of 1976 Ferrari 308 GT Rainbow concept. (Picture from: https://bit.ly/35Megnu)
The Ferrari 308 GT Rainbow prototype was introduced for the first time at the 1976 Turin Motor Show, which immediately highlighted the uniqueness of its design with for the first time the Ferrari's engine mechanism mounted in the middle, precisely behind the driver's seat.
1976 Ferrari 308 GT Rainbow concept could be said to represent a form of the Italian automotive industry's self-confidence. (Picture from: https://bit.ly/35Megnu)
In addition, Rainbow also displays a distinctive exterior design with a boxy shape, which unfortunately is not commonly seen in 1976 (but later became a kind of trend starting in the early 1980s).

However, the design of the Ferrari Rainbow could be said to represent a form of the Italian automotive industry's self-confidence, in the period of automotive history, as it is known that Italy is favored by its experimental style on a variety of new 'bold' design concepts.
Currently, the existence of the Ferrari Rainbow prototype is believed in the Bertone museum in Italy, after it was almost auctioned by the RM Auctions at the Villa d'Este event held in March 2011 ago. *** [EKA | FROM VARIOUS SOURCES | CARSTYLING]
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