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Category: Alfa Romeo
There are two types of concept car, one that makes it off the paper it was designed on and one that doesn’t and remains just an idea.
The Alfa Carabo was based on an Alfa Romeo and designed by Marcello Gandini, working for the Bertone design studio.
Matchbox released their version in 1971, 3 years after the 1968 Paris Motor Show where this concept car was first shown, the one below is the most common colour available but has been issued with a plain diecast metal baseplate rather than yellow, also a white baseplate version has been seen for sale on Vectis as a pre-production and red version has also been seen based on the same casting.
Matchbox numbered this one, No75.
A later casting came in many colours when Matchbox were made in China and known simply as Super GT Racers, the casting also included the back grill rather than a seperate plastic insert, the glass was also made black to save cost on fitting an interior.
The Corgi Rockets version had a finer casting, especially around the windows , the Rockets number was No916 and was named the Carabo Bertone and released in 1970, as with many of the Corgi Rockets the production was short lived and was withdrawn in 1971 and was later to become one of the Corgi Juniors range.
Both the Matchbox and Corgi Rockets together.
Other models were also released by Hotwheels and others.
The real car
The Alfa Romeo Carabo is a concept car first shown at the 1968 Paris Motor Show. It was designed by Marcello Gandini, working for the Bertone design studio. Carabo name is derived of Carabidae ground beetle , as evoked by the car’s iridescent green and orange colouring.
The prototype was built on the chassis of the Alfa Romeo Tipo 33, a mid-engined V8. The Carabo engine made 230 bhp (172 kW; 233 PS) at 8800 rpm, which made it possible to achieve a top speed of 250 km/h (155 mph).
For more on this car visit the websites below.
Also of interest is this built replica of the car