Buon Giorno Tutti! This was one of those opportunities I had to jump on. The Alfa Romeo BAT7. In 1/43 by Bizarre. And bizarre it is! Diecast Select had it in their clearance sale but wouldn’t ship to Europe so I had the Springfield Diecast Logistics center take care of it. So a big grazie to you Philipilihp!
But why was this one called BAT7? It had nothing to do with the Dark Knight. It had proper wings but no: BAT was for Berlinetta Aerodinamica Tecnica. One could think the B was for Bertone as it was Giuseppe “Nuccio” Bertone who was commissioned to create 3 concepts with very low drag coefficient. The second prototype was this one, the BAT7. With a drag coefficient of 0.19 Cd. In 1954.
Although Nuccio Bertone himself had quite the experience working on wing profiles in the aeronautical industry during the 2nd World War it was actually penned down by one of his employees: Franco Scaglione. Of course the BATs were too extreme/expensive to make it to production but their influence and aerodynamic lessons were incorporated in the stunning Alfa Romeo Giuletta Sprint Speciale:
The BAT7 was built on the then 4 year old Alfa Romeo 1900 chassis. With it’s 1,975cc 4 cylinder putting out 115 hp. A 5-speed Manuél transmission was mounted to take the BAT7 into - then - stratospheric speeds of 124 mph. When the lights were used it probably was a bit less as this car already had retractable headlights. When used they came down.
This Bizarre has ‘m so I’m pretty sure the system started to fail over the years. Nowadays all the 3 BATs (named 5, 7 and 9, not sure what that is about???) are at the Blackhawk Automotive Museum in California. The BAT7 is blue nowadays though. Must be amazing to see ‘m all in the flesh, just imagine looking at these three rears!
Not sure where Bizarre got the idea to make a red one, cannot find any pictures of a 1:1 in red. Nor with that 66E race number. The base says Pebble Beach 1955 and before it was known for their Concours d’Elegance there were actually road races held over there (Pebble Beach Road Race under the auspices of the SCCA) so it might have competed in that. And be painted for it?
I cannot find much info on it. I know there was a Disco Volante entered that year but there’s one entry by Pete Lovely (lovely name!) that states he drove an Alfa Romeo. And that’s it. So maybe that was this one. If anyone knows more (TFritch???) please share!
Not much more to tell so I’ll share some more pictures. Enjoy your weekend and prepare yourself for another week of hard labour.