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Bertone's 1967 Jaguar Pirana Concept To Be Displayed At Concorso Italiano


Fresh off a recent restoration, the 1967 Bertone Jaguar Pirana concept will be one of the featured cars at the upcoming Concorso Italiano, scheduled for Friday, August 17 at the Laguna Seca Golf Ranch in Monterey, California.

The styling may be Italian, but underneath the Pirana’s futuristic sheet metal beats the heart of a Jaguar. Commissioned by John Anstey, then the publisher of the English Weekend Telegraph, the car was to blend the 4.2-liter E-Type Jaguar’s performance with coachbuilder Bertone’s sense of style.

Anstey insisted that the car be built from production parts, eliminating the need for custom fabrication. He also insisted that the car meet all existing safety requirements, and come equipped with the same amenities buyers would find in an E-Type Jaguar.

Most of the design work was handled by Nuccio Bertone and his head designer, Marcello Gandini. Shown at the 1967 Earls Court Motor Show, the fully-functional Pirana never saw production and was only exhibited to the public on rare occasions.

The Pirana lived on, however,  in the styling of the Lamborghini Espada, released by Bertone and Lamborghini in 1968. Now, attendees of the 27th annual Concorso Italiano will have the opportunity to see one of Bertone’s masterpieces in the flesh (or steel, actually).

Of the Bertone Pirana, Concorso Italiano president Tom McDowell said, “It serves as a prime example of Bertone’s design craftsmanship and is an excellent addition to our 100th anniversary (of Bertone) celebration. The company was responsible for producing some of the most exciting, beautiful and historically important automobiles.”

For tickets or information on this year’s Concorso Italiano, head on over to the event's website.
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  1. Beautiful car (Bertone), then and today. Same about the derived Lamborghini Two Door Spada. I saw the Pirana on a documentary about modern technologies around 1970, and the Lambo in an Italian comedy around the same time. They both looked out of this world then but still look gorgeous now. They knew who to look for when designing the Pirana: Marcello Gandini who is better known for being the designer of the Lamborghini Countach. Too bad they don't design cars like those any more, with so much input from the artist. Ergonomics (a necessity) seems to impose its laws which attempt against artistic design many a time.
     
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  2. And speaking about ergonomics, the super hot, powerful and stylish Lamborghini Countach had little to none rear visibility!
     
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  3. @Adalberto, the problem today is that even concepts are designed with aerodynamics in mind, which limits what designers can do with exterior styling. Unless you're talking about coach built cars, I doubt we'll see anything with this much style again.
     
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  4. Sad, but true.
     
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