• Mar 5, 2008
Bertone's not officially exhibiting at Geneva this year, as the company is going through some upheaval, but it still made a splash in Switzerland. The B.A.T. 11, paying direct homage to the original B.A.T. concepts, was unveiled in Geneva at the AutoDesignNight event. The car was commissioned by Gary Kaberle, and you'd never know that there's an Alfa Romeo 8C hiding under the sheetmetal that's strongly evocative of the 1955 B.A.T. 5. Tapered fins and faired in wheels follow the design fundamentals laid down 50-plus years ago by Nuccio Bertone and Franco Scaglione, and the unique wheels with two layers of spokes are a 21st-century interpretation of the classic Borrani wires. Surfaces with a mix of soft and crisp forms and details still look futuristic, even while paying homage to the past. Financial woes or not, Bertone is still one of the world's premiere houses of automotive haute couture, and the B.A.T. 11 will hopefully not be the company's last gasp. Click the source to view more photos of the B.A.T. 11 concept at its off-site debut in Geneva yesterday.

[Source: Car Design News, Photo by Brett Patterson]


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      • 6 Years Ago
      It looks like the winner of a 4th grade drawing contest, at best.
      • 6 Years Ago
      A copy of a $1 HotWheels car.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Cloak and Dagger.
        I knew I'd seen it before.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Cars like these are what makes car shows so much fun.
      Too bad it won't actually be part of the show.
      Michael
      • 6 Years Ago
      Looks like something out of a Syd Mead painting .
      • 6 Years Ago
      At least we know where the designers that made the 1996-1999 Taurus went to work! GOD AWEFUL. Nice wheels though!
        • 6 Years Ago
        Actually, your "AWEFUL" DN101 Taurus designer? That'd be Doug Gaffka.

        Styled the current Mustang.
      KKBat
      • 6 Years Ago
      I absolutely love it! Nice work Bertone and Alfa!

      Bankruptcy smankruptcy!!
      • 6 Years Ago
      what a disappointment, the sketch looked awesome.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Sell it to Japan. On second thought just give it to them!
      • 6 Years Ago
      Not only is that ugly but how does it turn?
        • 6 Years Ago
        Front fenders move with the tires.
        BTW there is NOT an 8C underneath. It is a rolling model.
        "Ugly, hideous, etc"
        What do you think people thought of the original cars in the 1950's?
        Open your brain a bit.
        This is an exercise in design.
      • 6 Years Ago
      After seeing this model, I hope the B.A.T. 11 is its final gasp.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Now that is one fugly automobile
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