1967 Bertone Jaguar Pirana Resurfaces at Concorso Italiano
|Monday, 13 August 2012 21:24|
Concorso Italiano, the world’s largest showing of exotic Italian cars, has announced that the newly-restored 1967 Bertone Jaguar Pirana will be part of the centerpiece display at its 27th annual event on August 17. This one-of-a-kind Italian concept car will be showcased for the first time since its restoration as part of Concorso Italiano’s tribute to the 100th anniversary of the legendary design house, Bertone. The Pirana has rarely been shown in public since it was first developed 45 years ago, almost achieving barn find status.
Based on the chassis of a 4.2 litre E-Type Jaguar, the Pirana was coachbuilt by Bertone as the only fully-functional concept car on display at the 1967 Earls Court Motor Show. The fastback two-seater was originally commissioned by John Anstey, publisher of the English Weekend Telegraph, who insisted the car be built from parts already in production, and that all the latest aids to safety, comfort and performance should be built into it, so that it could be considered a fully operable car.
Much of the design work was carried out behind closed doors, by only Nuccio Bertone and his chief stylist Marcello Gandini. In the end, Bertone gave the car an abbreviated Kamm tail and an overall length of just over 15 feet (making it slightly shorter than the E-Type 2-plus-2). The unique design of the Pirana is often credited as having inspired the Lamborghini Espada that was produced by Bertone just one year later.
Concorso Italiano is revered as the world’s largest car show of exotic Italian automobiles, combining sophistication, taste and affluence with all the cultural elements of Italian style, including music, cuisine, fashion, and travel. This August 17, the 27th edition of the Concorso will kick off the traditional Monterey-Pebble Beach weekend portion of the internationally famed Monterey Car Week festivities. Spectator event tickets and limited VIP Fan Club packages are currently available online at http://www.concorso.com.