When Alfa Romeo developed their model 33 Stradale, it was prohibitively expensive for even the rich to purchase one. Its price was much higher than the Lamborghini Miura, which was also more powerful. Only twelve out of the 18 produced could be sold.
So, in 1969, Alfa Romeo decided to handover six of the leftover units to bespoke design studios such as Pininfarina (3 units), Bertone (2 units), and Italdesign (1 unit). Alfa Romeo Pininfarina created the famous Alfa Romeo 33 Spider Cuneo, the Alfa Romeo 33 Pininfarina Coupé Special Prototype and the Alfa Romeo 33/2 Pininfarina. While Italdesign created the Alfa Romeo 33 Iguana, Bertone created the Alfa Romeo Navajo and the Alfa Romeo Carabo.
Wedge specialist Marcello Gandini designed the Carabo in such a manner that her design elements laid the foundation for many of the low-slung car models that came out from other car makers. The 2.0-litre V8 engine was supported by an H-shaped tubular chassis and, coupled with a Colotti-made 6-speed gearbox, allowed this ground-hugging car to reach speeds of up to 260 km/hr. This car could easily do 0-100 km/hr in less than 5.5 seconds, a phenomenal achievement in the late 1960’s.
Gandini did away with the rear window by introducing the world’s first "scissor" door, which enabled the driver to lift the car door and have a clear view of the back. Pop-up headlamps were provided to have a flushed look. The height of the car was less than a metre (39 inches). The car was painted in the colours of a type of ground beetle called "Carabidae", a beetle that has a unique green colour combined with yellow-gold. This model was therefore named "Carabo."
This model is now displayed at the Museo Alfa Romeo (Alfa Romeo Museum).
|- Premium collectible|
|- Licensed product|
|- Material: Resin|
|- Limited pieces created|
|- Non-opening model|
|Box Dimension (in inches)||7 x 3.5 x 3.5|