The only example of the Concept belongs to the Alfa Romeo Museum. The Motor Show will take place from 5 – 7 February in Bremen and will open the classic car season. It will bring together some 650 exhibitors in eight halls covering an area of over 45,000 square meters.
Together with Lancia Stratos, Maserati Khamsin and Lamborghini Countach, one of the stars of the show will be the Alfa Romeo Caimano made in 1971 by Italdesign on appointment by Alfa Romeo. This one-of-a-kind concept car today belongs to the Alfa Romeo Museum in Arese (Milan), which is also known as the “Time Machine”. The car was built on the chassis of the Alfasud and presented to a stunned crowd at the Turin Motor Show in 1971.
The Alfa Romeo Caimano Concept featured a low front end and a compact front boxer engine (unique in its segment). The appointment to design the Caimano came with the brief to create a car which had no chance of actual production. Perfectly in tune with the unshakeable trust in progress of the day, the designers created a “wedge on wheels” which relegated to a secondary role everything that came before it.
Italdesign created a body that appeared taken directly from a science-fiction book on the Alfasud chassis shortened by 20 cm. The two-seater passenger compartment was closed by a forward-opening glass dome that made the car look like a space capsule. The A pillar was entirely eliminated, while the B and C pillars joined to form a roll-bar behind the passenger compartment. The rear part of the roof formed a spoiler which could be adjusted to four different positions to a 32 degree angle from the inside.
Under the dome, driver and passenger reclined in stretched basin seats with built-in head restraints. Instead of opening windows, the car had two small openings on the side edge of the dome to allow contact with the outside world and ventilation inside. The cylindrical dashboard had two large instruments with unusual displays on which it was the dials not the hands to turn.
On the exterior, a bulge on the bonnet made room for the 68 hp 1.2 liter Alfasud engine, a low-height four-cylinder boxer. Last but not least, the Alfa Romeo Caimano 70s signature pop-up headlights take center stage at the front.
Edited: Alfa Romeo