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Sunday, November 8, 2020

It's not nearly as fast as it looks

In the 1950s one of the most popular sports vehicle bodywork designs was the barchetta (the Italian word for 'small boat'). The distinctive feature of a barchetta sports vehicle is a small car with a roofless, without provision of a removable or foldable top for weather protection.
2007 Bertone Fiat Barchetta concept is built in order to celebrate the Bertone's 95th anniversary. (Picture from: https://bit.ly/363pAwc)
To evoke the romance of memories of the past, Style Bertone, a well-known Italian automotive coachbuilder company in 2007 launched a modern barchetta car concept named Bertone Barchetta is inspired by its classic racing cars. As the automotive design house mentioned that the design explicitly cites the Fiat 500 with barchetta bodywork that was made by young Nuccio Bertone in 1947 as a one-off for his personal use in races.
2007 Bertone Fiat Barchetta concept posed along with its inspiration source the 1947 Fiat 500 Barchetta racing car made by Nuccio Bertone himself. (Picture from: https://bit.ly/3oWnCGj)
Well, this roofless concept car was created in order to celebrate the 95th anniversary of the company by using the chassis and mechanicals of the Fiat Panda 100 HP tiny car. The decision to adopt a minimalist yet sophisticated car model is perfectly in keeping with Bertone's philosophy, where since its very earliest days, the company has interpreted cars by Italian carmakers with an elegant style always emphasizes their personality and technological content with an unmatched passion for sportiness.
Nuccio Bertone on the wheel of the Fiat 500 Barchetta and his mechanic in a period race who participate with his selfmade racing car. (Picture from: https://bit.ly/3mSOW6S)
Then the choice of the Fiat brand is very natural and emotional because both Fiat and Bertone have historic relationships for more than eighty years and have produced more than 50 highly successful models ranging from concept cars, one-offs, and even production cars.
2007 Bertone Fiat Barchetta concept is featured with a unique rear-opening scissor-type doors. (Picture from: https://bit.ly/3oWnCGj)
The Bertone Barchetta concept car is stands out with a bodywork consisting of two hand-beaten aluminum shells joined by a large glass surface that crosses the door. Uniquely, this concept car has rear-opening scissor-type doors (are Bertone's patent), hinged around the rear wheel arch or You might be remembered to Alfa Romeo Pandion Concept that is built by the company in the 2010.
2007 Bertone Fiat Barchetta concept has an adjustable dashboard with two open-mounted rails painted white also with two seats upholstered in genuine leather. (Picture from: https://bit.ly/3oWnCGj)
Meanwhile, the front features LEDs, and a closed floating grille is embossed in metalwork. And the back is dominated by framed LEDs. Then there is a small luggage compartment with a cover trimmed in the same genuine leather used for the interior.
2007 Bertone Fiat Barchetta concept has a small luggage compartment with a cover trimmed in the same genuine leather used for the interior. (Picture from: https://bit.ly/363pAwc)
Then inside, this Bertone Barchetta seen clearly inspired by the 1947 Fiat 500 Barchetta. You can see there are two seats upholstered in genuine leather which are fixed and sculpted directly into the metalwork. Then there's a console between the two seats includes a storage tray and an iPod dock.
2007 Bertone Fiat Barchetta concept is stands out with a bodywork consisting of two hand-beaten aluminum shells joined by a large glass surface that crosses the door. (Picture from: https://bit.ly/363pAwc)
There's also an adjustable dashboard with two open-mounted rails painted white. The gearshift is worked from a solid billet of aluminum. As the Barchetta racing model, all the driving control mechanisms are exposed. Then the wheels use 20-inch alloy rims covered by Pirelli 225/30R-20 tires. The Bertone Barchetta concept made its debut at the 2007 Geneva International Motor Show.
If the Bertone Barchetta was also intended to run as fast as the 1947 Fiat 500 Barchetta racing car (its source of inspiration), certainly Bertone is not installing a Panda's small 100 hp, 1.4-liter front-wheel-drive engine as its drivetrain. Otherwise, the company still pinned those engine, though infact, the car concept had chances to a supercar. What a pity, it's not nearly as fast as it looks. *** [EKA | FROM VARIOUS SOURCES | CARSTYLING.RU | SUPERCARS.NET | AUTOBLOG | CARANDDRIVER]
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