September 23, 2011

Blackhawk Spotlight - The Alfa Romeo BAT Cars

The fabulous Alfa Romeo BATs (Berlineta Aerodinamica Tecnica). A truly inspired trio of aerodynamic concept cars dreamed by Bertone back in the 50's. It was a real treat to finally see them "in the metal". The definitive high point of my visit to the Blackhawk Automotive Museum.

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The trio sitting side by side on the main gallery on the second floor.

BAT 5 dramatic rear glass complements the fins and helps it achieve a Cd of 0.23.

1953 BAT 5 front end would look right at home in a caped crusader comic.

1954 BAT 7 was a bit more aerodynamic at Cd 0.19. It is also my favorite of the three.

BAT 7 fins the most dramatic in my opinion.

BAT 9 - Last in the series wears more conventional styling.

BAT 9 fins show a bit more restraint than it's predecessors.

One last look at the evolution of a concept.

Source: Photographed by the author at the Blackhawk Automotive Museum, California.

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