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"QUANTUM SHOT" #319(rev)
Link - by Avi Abrams

Cast your vote for the most gorgeous car body! These are the prime contenders.

Continuing our popular series, we are going to celebrate the most exciting and eye-pleasing body styles in car design, from last 70 years of the automobile era. Beauty is in the eye of the beholder, but surprisingly, some cars possess what can be considered "a universal beauty" - no matter what your taste, or where you're coming from, you may end up enchanted. It's easy to pacify even a hypothetical alien monster, if you arrive in one of these sensuous rides - or you can make a very fast escape, if things go wrong.

Italian Stylists Present: Alfa Romeo 33 Stradale, by Franco Scaglione - 1967

(images via)

Continuing the string of enchanting designer bodies for Alfa Romeo in the 1950s and 1960s (see the Pininfarina custom body for Alfa Romeo 33, for example - revealed at Paris show in 1969 and discussed in our previous article), Alfa Romeo 33 Stradale ("Street") is another curvaceous beauty, as desirable as it is rare:

The street version of the Alfa-Romeo Tipo 33 racing car was designed by Franco Scaglione, a major talent who just left Bertone studio, and went free-lancing... apparently losing none of his master touch.

(images via Supercars, Anhn Hehn)

The first production vehicle to have "butterfly" doors, the first mid-engined Alfa Romeo road car appeared at Milan Motorshow in 1967. Its voluptuous, nicely proportioned shape many consider to be one of the most beautiful designs ever:

(image credit: Diariomotor)

On a racing track the car was intended to lock horns with Ferrari (that was promoting its own famous Dino 206S back then) and with a line of 910s from Porsche. The 33 model performance was called "unprecendented": indeed, considering it went from 0 to 60mph in just 6 seconds - and could reach maximum speed of 162 mph (260 km/hr) - making it a true supercar at the time! Perhaps even better than Ferrari Daytona...

(image credit: Phillip Leemans)

Only 18 such cars have been built, mostly due to their astronomical price. Some versions had entirely different front-end styling (I find it quite a bit tamer and less flamboyant):

(images credit: Wouter Melissen / Rob Clements)

The 33 Series Alfa-Romeo chassis proved to be attractive to numerous stylists, among them Bertone, Pininfarina, and Ital Design from 1968 to 1976. In the next articles we'll try to cover these rarities as well.

(Tipo 33 Stradale - image credit: Craig Morey)

"Muscular, aggressive and sensual, the 33 Stradale was magnificently sculpted"


The German Style:
Could it be the neatest-looking German supercar from the 60s?

As we all know, Porsche designers rarely change body styles, preferring to stick to the same "good old" look for decades. However, there was one model, perhaps easily overlooked, sandwiched between canonical 911 and variations on 550 Spyder - the drop-dead gorgeous Porsche 904 Carrera GTS:

(image via)

Porsche 904 Carrera GTS (1963-1964) was no slacker in every department. Coming from a premier sports car manufacturer it's got what it takes to compete on the track - but the street version is even more exciting, bringing these sexy curves to the highway. On a closer look, the car even had "garters", funky-looking leather hood straps... Not to mention that it makes great scale model toys (I remember having one as a kid) -

(image via)

The 904 model debuted in 1963 as an answer to the new great cars from Alfa-Romeo and Abarth in GT class. Since then it has become one of the most collectible Porsche models, a fascinating page in the marque's history.

Note the uncluttered back-end styling and the compact aerodynamic look, taking advantage of its short-base chassis:

(images credit: Wouter Melissen)

(image credit: Thomas/FineCars)

Proving the versatility of this car, it won a second place in a snow-covered 1965 Rallye Monte Carlo. Imagine sending this sculpted metal rocket around snow-covered road curves, ripping through the silent winter forest... tasting the car's exclusivity and power:

(images credit: classicdriver)

The following are rarely seen images from the official 904 concept brochure... I am almost convinced that this was the ultimate in German sports car styling, bar some fabulous examples from Mercedes.

(images courtesy Wayne R. Dempsey)

Other sources: UltimateCarPage, Autozine

Read also:
Jaw-Dropping Concepts from Alfa-Romeo
Beautiful Pininfarina Alfa-Romeo concept car (1969)

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Blogger http://search-engines-web.com/ said...

Too beautiful for words


Look at this Digg - the funniest title ever

Anonymous Why Go Sixty? said...

I am drooling. And it's unbecoming.

Blogger Joe said...

Both cars are styled heavily upon the Jaguar E-Type, first released in 1961.


Blogger Avi Abrams said...

Good point, Joe!

Jaguar though has pretty strange proportions...

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Well, someone's a fan of the big headlights...

...but then again, who isn't? ;)

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Volvo P-1800.

Anonymous Anonymous said...

I don´t like cars in general, but these are SOOO beautiful...!!!

Anonymous Anonymous said...

I agree the P1800 is perfect as well, especially considering you can get a restored one for around 15000. The tipo 33 is gorgeous but completely unobtainable.

Anonymous GeSchmidtt said...

I wouldn't say that the Alfa is beholden to the E Type Jaguar. Its style is really evolutionary from the late 40's early 50's Disco series http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alfa_Romeo_Disco_Volante, and you can even see some of these styling hints in the touring cars from the 30s like the great 2900 8c coupes. I would say if anything Jaguar was behind the times when you compare say the XJ120 to a Disco Volante, though I love the Jaguar for any other dozens of reasons.

Blogger Joe said...

GeSchmidtt, indeed there are a number of similarities. Didn't know about the Alfa Disco.

Anonymous GeSchmidtt said...

Joe, here is a link to a lot of historical Alfa Romeo cars that were either concept cars or especially reflective of a design from specific models. http://www.conceptcarz.com/view/model/6/Alfa%20Romeo/model.aspx

One great thing about Alfa is that they used a lot of different designers and were not afraid of taking chances. Not a great business model, but a treasure for us car buffs.

Anonymous NorCalCars said...

The Porsche 904 Carrera GTS is (in my opinion) the hottest Porsche made.

Anonymous Anonymous said...

I really like that Type 33. I like the new Alfa C8 too. Why isn't the Ferrari 275GTB in on THE list? I would never say that the 904 wasn't a beautiful car, I've lusted for one since the day I first saw and sat in one. BUT, i would say that the 906 is more beautiful. And while we're at it, A Lotus Eleven was sensual as well. AND while the "E" type is beautiful, you must look back to the "C" and "D" types....They were truly "Sex on wheels". And those Elise's are seducing me at this very moment...Gotta go.......

Anonymous dr john said...

best looking [production] car ever is a 63 ferrari 250 gt lusso. period.

Anonymous gray lensman said...

The latest Alfa concept car, the Pandion, was at Pebble Beach this August. It is not as over the top as the BATs but the doors alone are worth a look.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Well, there are some amazing cars here, but I still think that http://www.cariseasy.com/images/porsche-356_blue_19.jpg --->this baby, should made any list of amazing cars. It is so gorgeous, and the shape is really unique.
Do not get me started on the interior.


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