Its height is less than one meter. 'Carabo' its name, because like a small beetle it can beat with the wings (ie swinging doors). It is set on a nearly unchanged Stradale chassis by the body designer Bertone, thus keep its technology.
If it would be not a little heavier and probably less streamlined than this, it also would reach completely the phenomenal values for acceleration and top speed. It also receives with the chassis the two 20 cm thick tubes in the door sills, which are connected by just such behind the seats.
Door bolts would be to blast away today, so that passengers when the car is located on the roof can extricate themselves.
Broad sills let closer move together the only two passengers. Even at the 300 SL wide sills are the cause of folding upwards doors. Again, there is the changeable steering wheel, to make easy getting into the vehicle. In the Carabo it folds by just under 20 degrees to the right.
Presented at the Paris Salon in 1968
The H-shaped tube construction also serves as a fuel tank. Would it really 20 centimeters also internally, every meter would be able to contain twenty liters. But there is still within a rubberized sealing layer. The frame continues to the rear as a motor carrier of magnesium.
Despite the steel sheet skin also much care is taken on weight. The windshield e.g. of laminated glass is to be half as heavy as a normal of this size. On the incomplete equipment you realize that it is a prototype. Outside mirror, seat belts and a remote light switch are missing.
Once a roadworthy prototype
There's a strange access to the rear luggage compartment by a vertical flap in the rear. Incidentally, the fluorescent strip on the front edge of the car definitely makes sense. Without the 'flat flounder' could be perhaps even more overlooked. 11/13