Classic car lovers are expected at the Chateau de Chantilly, 50 km (30 miles) from Paris, France, on June 30, for the 2019th edition of the local Concours d’Elegance. The event will see a number of old timers on display, and one of the most impressive among them will be the Carabo Concept.
Made in 1968 using the roots of the Alfa Romeo 33 Stradale, a ‘road-legal’ version of the 33/2 that came out in 18 units only, it was designed by Marcello Gandini and features a breathtaking design. The sharp yet clean lines flow across the body and see a flat nose, with pop-out headlights, and a muscular rear end.
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Finished in iridescent green and adorned with florescent orange and grey highlights, the Carabo Concept sports scissor doors that provide access to the cabin, which continues the edgy styling of the exterior.
Placed in the middle of the car is a 2.0-liter V8; and while the capacity is small, its race-bred heritage allowed it to be revved to a whopping 10,000 rpm. Channeling its 230 HP to the rear wheels is a six-speed manual gearbox, which alloes the 33 Stradale-based study to hit 60 mph (96 km/h) in 5.5 seconds and top out at 160 mph (258 km/h).
Originally launched at the 1968 Paris Auto Show, the Carabo is currently owned by FCA Heritage. It’s usually on display at the ‘Museo Storico Alfa Romeo – La macchina del tempo’, in Arese, Italy, so this will be a great opportunity to check out in person under natural light.