Aero could be fun too…
Aerospace iconography permeated everywhere throughout the 1950s, particularly car styling. So when Alfa Romeo commissioned a series of concept cars, science fiction melded with aerodynamic theory, creating the extraordinary BAT cars.
And they were sensational. Created by Carrozzeria Bertone’s Franco Scaglione, based on the floorpan and running gear of the contemporary 1900 Sprint, the three Berlinetta Aerodynamica Technica concepts combined pure aero theory with the knowing wink of showbiz.
Because, it’s difficult to escape the suspicion that Scaglione or perhaps Nuccio himself concluded they couldn’t be too serious about the whole business, introducing what can only be described as an element of camp to proceedings. But it wasn’t all Flash (Gordon), the 1954 BAT 7 boasting a drag coefficient of a mere 0.19.