Three Lamborghini concept cars designed by Bertone are now being offered by RM Auctions: the 1974 Lamborghini Bravo, 1980 Lamborghini Athon, and 1967 Lamborghini Marzal. All three cars come from the Carrozzeria Bertone Collection and will be auctioned at the Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este in Italy on May 21, 2011.
Unveiled at the Turin Motor Show in October 1974, the Lamborghini Bravo was originally planned as a two-seater model to sit alongside the 2+2 Urraco in Lamborghini’s lineup. The Bravo, codenamed “Studio 114” internally, was more than 20-inches shorter than the Urraco but it utilized the same engine. In a 1970s road test, Road & Track praised the car, concluding “it is everything the Urraco could and should have been.”
The Bravo’s glass was its most striking feature, pulling three panes together with a thin frame for excellent visibility. The Bravo also introduced five round holes in the design of the car's rims, which remained a Lamborghini staple right up to the Murciélago.
Unveiled at the same motor show six years later, the 1980 Lamborghini Athon was a mechanical twin to the Silhouette, which was by then out of production. The Athon’s featured a forward-cabin design and a long and relatively tall rear deck underlining the mid-engine configuration. Under the rear bonnet was a three-liter V-8 producing 260 hp at 7,500 rpm and mated to a five-speed manual transmission. With no soundproofing, driving the Athon at any speed was said to be a glorious aural experience.
The 1967 Lamborghini Marzal was introduced at the 1967 Geneva Motor Show. It was a one-off four-seat gullwing concept and a predecessor to the Espada production car. It was designed to be a true GT with comfortable seating for four and high-performance capabilities. Based off a modified Miura chassis, the Marzal featured a prototype engine that would never go into production. The in-line six-cylinder engine sat behind the rear axle—making it rear-engined instead of mid-engined—to free up interior room. The designer elected to use a pair of framed glass gullwing doors instead of a four-door layout. Ferruccio Lamborghini objected to those doors, in particular the lower windows mounted below the waistline, because it would “offer no privacy: a lady’s legs would be there for all to see.”
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