1976 Alfa Romeo Navajo Concept, the 33 Stradale's Ugly Cousin

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Back in 1976, when the land was flat and so were the cars, Alfa Romeo and their friends at the Bertone design studios came up with this interesting wedge on wheels. It's called the Alfa Romeo 33 Navajo and it's based on the 33 tubular racing chassis of the time. That's right, we're talking about a relative of the gorgeous 33 Stradale.
The Navajo was the last one of many funky-looking cars based on the 33. There were six of them in total, two built by Bertone, one by Giugiaro and three by Pininfarina.

Presented in 1976 at the Geneva Motor Show, the 33 Navajo had simple yet original design. A wedge shape was chosen, in line with the style of the time and supposedly great for creating aerodynamic downforce.

This concept's most interesting feature though was the fact that its retractable headlights folded into the side of the fenders, not from the nose/hood area, as seen on most "pop up headlights". The cabin also takes a minimals approach by showing everything on a single screen located in front of the driver, much like the new Audi TT.

By today's standards, the Navajo is very light. Its race-derived chassis and fiberglass body meant it weight only 870 kilograms (1,918 lbs). It's also very compact. At 3.8 meters long, this Alfa Romeo coupe is shorter than a MINI Cooper and lower even than supercars of today (1,050mm or 41 inches).

At its core is an engine unlike anything currently on sale: a fuel-injected 2.0-liter 90 degree V8 with 230 horsepower being delivered at 8,800rpm.
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Mihnea's favorite cars have already been built, the so-called modern classics from the '80s and '90s. He also loves local car culture from all over the world, so don't be surprised to see him getting excited about weird Japanese imports, low-rider VWs out of Germany, replicas from Russia or LS swaps down in Florida.
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