Monday, August 17, 2009

Lamborghini Marzal by Bertone

Cliffs Notes version of an article in the July 1967 issue of Road & Track:

Lamborghini is known for scissor-doors, not gullwing doors. The exception to the rule is the one-off Marzal (with a downward accent over the second "a").

The Bertone designed 2+2 was powered by a 2 liter inline 6, which was essentially half of a 4 liter V-12. The little engine was good for 175 hp at 6800 rpm and 132 lb-ft of torque at 4600 revs.

The large gullwing doors make entry into the 43.3" high car relatively easy. The bottom of the glass doors is a mere 15 inches from the ground. I wonder how it feels to be a passenger looking down at the asphalt at 100 mph?

Because the windows do not open, there is air conditioning. Small windwings up front allow some natural air to come in. Good for claustrophobes.

Weighing in at over 2,600 pounds, the top speed was only 118 mph. The controversial hexagonal motif is ever-present, from the interior... the rear louvres.

Up front, 11 cubic feet of luggage space is available over the 21 gallon tank. Six headlights sit over a rubber bumper which is in turn attached to semi-collapsible supports.

Looks like a Saab Sonnett up front

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