While Scaglione and Bertone are recognized as being two of the most celebrated Italian coachbuilders of all time, the two outfits didn’t always carry the same weight in the automotive world. Or, at least that was until 1953 when Carrozzeria Berton and Franco Scaglione joined forces to kick off a trio of radical concept cars constructed around existing Alfa Romeo 1900 models.
After the warm public reception of the Scaglione-designed, Bertone-constructed Abarth 1500 Biposto in 1952, Scag and Bert set out to pen a new, outside-the-box car with bodywork that largely distinguished it from other designs while simultaneously bolstering aerodynamics and performance. This resulted in the creation of the “Berlina Aerodinamica Tecnica 5” (or “B.A.T. 5”), which debuted the following year at the 1953 Turin Auto Show. Between an approximately 0.23 drag coefficient and a 43hp output, the B.A.T. 5 could reach speeds of nearly 125mph. The next year in 1954, the two revealed the updated, stingray-esque B.A.T. 7, before pulling the cover off of the final Berlina Aerodinamica Tecnica specimen with the B.A.T. 9d in 1955. Fast forward 65 years, and the three vehicles—which are some of the most important automotive concepts ever built—are slated to cross the auction block at Sotheby’s “An Automotive Triptych of Unparalleled Significance” sale where the trio’s expected to fetch between $14,000,000 and $20,000,000.
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