Abarth 1500 Bertone Biposto (1952)
Abarth realised that, if anything, an Abarth labelled car would be a very powerful marketing tool for his “go fast” products. He also knew that the best way to attract attention was with an eye-catching body. With their very promising designer Franco Scaglione, Bertone would be an ideal partner for this project. Nobody at the time could have known that the Bertone bodied Abarth would form the basis for a series of three legendary show cars.
BMW 3.0CS (E9), 1971.
#4 on the list “I would kill for”.
Built by Karmann.
Alfa Romeo 2000 Sportiva Coupe (1954)
I keep forgetting how much I love the Sportiva Coupe.
It’s probably due to the fact that we don’t see much of it, after all, only 4 units were built. Still, that is no excuse to forget about it, since these Bertone lines would make the most gorgeous girl green with envy.
It was no slouch either, with the 4 cylinder 2 liter engine developing around 140bhp.
What’s the equivalent of a lady-boner but for guys and for cars? That.
I lived in Switzerland for a few months in the mid-90s. It was a beautiful place, but my German was too lousy to consider staying there. One thing I took with me was the wonderful design of pretty much everything. In fact, the moment I decided to become a designer was when I first saw the logo of the SBB, the Swiss railway system.
It’s a simple, recognizable, gorgeous, clever piece of what I by then understood was some sort of art. Our parents had always encouraged us to paint, and the day I saw this on some wall in Lenzburg, I realized I wanted to paint like that.
I drew surf brand logos pretty compulsively when I was a kid, like 6th grade. I actually stole stickers that hung from t-shirts for sale at Pacific Sun and Sun Diego (before Quicksilver was ROXY and all of that nonsense, we’re talking like what 1991 or something) so that I could copy the logos, even the hard ones like Body Glove. My favorites were Rusty and the Gotcha shark dude. Oh man I just remembered Stüssy. That one, too. And then of course I moved onto metal band logos in junior high.
I am a designer now but for whatever reason, I am a terrible at logos.
Hey, look you don’t need crappy graphics of maps and incoherent pie charts to do an info graphic, just a lot of interest in the data and what it means. Also the Quantified Self nerd in me loves shit like this. I’d eat it for fucking breakfast if I could.
David Siegel – “The Project Cycle” (1997)
Found it. Per s01e24.
Thanks, interlibrary loan!
David Siegal yelled at me on a conference call that took place at my desk with the client standing around me making live changes that I’d FTP so Mr. Siegal could see my work change in real-time. When I was 21 years old and a brand-new web designer. David Siegal is an asshole.