The Alfa Romeo BAT

The first BAT (5) was built in 1953, when most other carmakers had never even imagined tailfins and long before there was a Batmobile on television,’ said Mounger. ‘The BAT 7, built in 1954, was even more radical in design with huge curved tailfins. And the final BAT—BAT 9—was built in 1955 with reduced wings and a design that was closer to a production sports car.

1953,54,55 Alfa Romeo Bertone B.A.T. 5,7,9 On Pavement

The famous and renowned coachbuilder Bertone was tasked by Alfa Romeo to build an aerodynamic experimentation to measure the effects of streamlining on a car’s performance. Scaglione was tasked with aiding in the creating of the design. The vehicle was dubbed the B.A.T. 5 representing ‘Berlinetta Aerodi- namica Tecnica’. ‘Berlinetta’ means ‘small sedan’ or more precisely, ‘coupe.’ The design featured rear fenders and curved fins, truly a unique design. It was built upon an Alfa Romeo 1900 chassis.

The B.A.T. 7 was created a few years later and was again an experiment in aerodynamics. The B.A.T. 7 was even more radical in design and was adorned with very large curved tailfins.

The final B.A.T. Concept, the B.A.T. 9 was completed in 1955. It continued the experimentation with aero- dynamics but not as exaggerated as the prior models. The body styling took into account future production requirements and is arguably the most attractive of the B.A.T. automobiles.

Today, all three B.A.T. Concept Cars belong to the Cars International Ltd., a specialty dealer located in Canary Wharf, London UK.

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