BMW 2800 Bertone Spicup Concept (1969)
Bertone styling house came up with many cars that can cause confusion at first glance. This one is a good case in point as it supports the proud BMW kidney grill but still looks nothing like anything else from the Bavarian stable.
This car’s nose slopes down, partially hiding the headlamps under two flip-up covers. It’s this that gives the Spicup a front-end aesthetic similar to that of the Alfa Romeo Montreal, another Bertone-designed masterpiece.
Despite it’s name, it isn’t based on an E9 2800 CS but the Spicup instead was built using the E3 2500 as a base. Bertone shortened the wheelbase of the E3 and moulded the unusual body shape complete with a sliding Targa roof.
The bonnet is another peculiar feature as it has the engine shape cut out and is in permanent view through it. As Bertone had used the E9’s 2800 CS 2.8lt straight-six engine, it was the only way the larger unit would fit in the Spicup’s low snout.
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Classic Italian gorgeousness.