Italian Concept Cars 1968-79
‘Wedged Wonders’ unites a collection of era-defining concept cars from the famous carrozzeria, the Italian car body design houses synonymous with avant-garde vehicle styling.
In the late 1960s, these carrozzeria, such as Bertone, Pinfarina and Italdesign, would go head to head during a period of outlandish one-upmanship in the creation of new and unique concept vehicles, that would see a trend for straight lines conquering the curve.
Never mass produced, remaining as just one-offs, these concepts would be ultimately defined by their rarity culminating in what became known as the Wedge era, where trapezoids and triangles were king, and cars would look like spaceships.
From the legendary Lancia Stratos Zero (1970) to the lesser-known Jaguar Ascot (1977), Wedged Wonders illustrates the transforming aesthetic principles of the era, from the stylishly slanted and ground-breaking Alfa Romeo Carabo (1968), through the intentionally sci-fi Alfa Romeo Navajo (1976), to the angular, almost boxy, Volvo Tundra (1979), the shapes evolve with the decades. The curves of the ‘60s were in the past, the triangles of the ‘70s would have their day, and the square of the ‘80s was coming.
“From drawing to prototype in three and a half months..”
Marcello Gandini, on the groundbreaking 1968 Alfa Romeo Carabo
“A car is the product of a feeling, or rather, a series of feelings”
“We judge somebody to be ugly or beautiful by a question of millimetres. It’s very similar with a car”
“It seemed appropriate to propose a concept that reflected the realms of science fiction..“