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Monday, July 20, 2020

This 'green lizard' Corvette was born in Italy

The history of automotive collaboration between America and Italy has lasted a long time and produced many beautiful cars. And one of them is Bertone Ramarro, which is a slick result of Bertone Gruppo, a renowned automotive design house built on the American muscle car Chevrolet Corvette C4. 
1984 Bertone Ramarro uses a chassis taken from a Chevrolet Corvette C4 donor car, along with its V8 engine. (Picture from: https://bit.ly/2BfAlQx)
This prototype concept car debuted in 1984 at the Los Angeles Auto Show. And the 'Ramarro' name itself comes from the Italian for 'green lizard'. Furthermore, Bertone Ramarro uses a chassis taken from a Chevrolet Corvette C4 donor car, along with its V8 engine but has used a fuel injection port taken from a newer Corvette model. 

The engine remains standard, but the radiator and air conditioner have been moved to the rear of the car, replacing a spare tire that is moved to the front of the engine, to allow Bertone to design a more tapered Ramarro body. The front is also designed in such a way as to better airflow and aerodynamics. 
1984 Bertone Ramarro is equipped with sliding doors that slide forward toward the nose of the car. (Picture from: https://bit.ly/2BfAlQx)
The only other mechanical change is the addition of experimental Michelin tires instead of the default Goodyear tires. This new tire measures 280/45 VR-17 for rear wheels and 240/45 VR-17 for front wheels. On the exterior, Ramarro is also equipped with sliding doors that slide forward toward the nose of the car, which allows easy access into the cabin in a narrow parking lot compared to conventional doors.
1984 Bertone Ramarro's interior maintains the Corvette digital instrumentation with an emergency brake handle. (Picture from: https://bit.ly/2BfAlQx)
The Bertone Ramarro's interior maintains the Corvette digital instrumentation with an emergency brake handle, but most of the original interior has been replaced by custom pieces. This concept features a bucket seat model seat with one part that can move as one seat as a whole but has a center console space. 
1984 Bertone Ramarro is debuted in 1984 at the Los Angeles Auto Show. (Picture from: https://bit.ly/2BfAlQx)
In addition, the interior shades were also redesigned with specially patterned green leather chosen to match the exterior, resembling the color and texture of the lizard skin as a reference to the name 'Ramarro'. Finally, the Corvette's original automatic transmission was maintained but the shift lever was replaced by a large rotary gear selector on the center console.
Bertone originally intended to uncover Ramarro at the 1984 Turin Auto Show, but because Ramarro was built based on the American Corvette, so then they made the decision to reveal it at the LA Auto Show in the same year. At the event, Bertone Ramarro received an enthusiastic welcome and then in 1985 was awarded an award from Auto & Design for "bold ideas", which said gave the "Chevrolet Corvette a completely new personality." *** [EKA | FROM VARIOUS SOURCES | MOTOR1]
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