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2008 Alfa Romeo BAT 11

 After more than 50 years, there is a new BAT model. The new BAT 11, based on the Alfa Romeo 8C Competizione, shares many styling cues with the classic BAT cars of the 50s. Based on a modified Alfa Romeo 8C platform, the BAT 11 continues some of the distinguishing elements of the original ‘Berlinetta Aerodynamica Tecnica’ cars designed by Franco Scaglione and developed by Nuccio Bertone.

These include the tapered fins and faired wheels, all in a context where soft propositions are combined with strong, robust lines. The monolithic form has a simple dihedral bodyside section with fins that seem to have been designed as a shawl that wraps around the car beginning from the front fender and extending to the top of the side windows toward the rear.

The front end is strongly tapered to a V-shape with a neat Alfa Romeo shield low down in the lean-forward nose. The V-shaped form continues into the wraparound windshield and continues at the rear, with a center fin butting up to the tapering rear window and a pair of open air extraction slots behind the rear wheels.

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Meadow Brook Concours Chosen for North American Debut of B.A.T. 11

??? B.A.T. 11 will make its North American debut at the 30th Annual Meadow Brook Concours d’Elegance on August 3 in Rochester. This eagerly-anticipated news in the car world, event organizers say, is also big news for Michigan, home to B.A.T. 11 creator, Dr. Gary Kaberle. The debut will shine an even brighter international spotlight on an event that draws top collectors and thousands of visitors and car enthusiasts to the area.

‘I am thrilled to be introducing the world to B.A.T. 11 in my home state,’ says Kaberle. ‘Michigan is where I first caught B.A.T. fever as a teenager and sharing my latest dream with everyone here seems not only fitting, but right.’ I have been working with Stile Bertone since 2006 on this project and am delighted that it will be part of Meadow Brook’s exciting event.’

B.A.T. 11 has already gained worldwide attention, having appeared on numerous magazine covers and in scores of articles. It is the newest member in the family of Berlinetta Aerodinamica Tecnica concept cars, which many aficionados say are among the most famous cars in the world. B.A.T. 5, 7 and 9 were designed by the legendary Nuccio Bertone and Franco Scaglione in the mid-1950s, built on the Alfa Romeo 1900 Sprint chassis and are highly regarded for their futuristic but functional curves.

Each B.A.T. car has its own vivid story. Yet, the histories surrounding B.A.T. 9 and B.A.T. 11 are fundamentally intertwined. Kaberle purchased B.A.T. 9 as a teenager with popcorn-stand money and a loan from his grandmother. He sold it 23 years later to help fund medical treatment for his wife, Debbie, who passed away two years later. Soon after, Kaberle started exhaustive research of the B.A.T. cars. He visited the Scaglione family in Italy and began working with Stile Bertone on B.A.T. 11, a project he calls ‘Dreams and Design for a Cure’ that honors his wife and the B.A.T. heritage.

Visitors to the 2008 Meadow Brook Concours will get an up-close look at the model mockup of B.A.T. 11, a stunning remake with Bertone-inspired advancements in its visor glass, dynamic graphics and sheer cut surfaces.

‘B.A.T. 11 is a design phenomenon with a great pedigree. It’s the perfect complement to our 2008 field of cars representing 100 years of design excellence, says event chairman Larry Smith. ‘We are honored that Meadow Brook has been chosen for its debut.’ Adds Dr. Kaberle, ‘What’s worth having, is worth sharing. What could be better than sharing a little B.A.T. power to celebrate design and life in Michigan?’

In addition to the exciting debut of B.A.T. 11, Meadow Brook’s 2008 show field will feature 1950-1970 Ferraris and V16’s from the 30’s. The 30th annual event celebrates the 100th Anniversary of GM, Sports Cars, Muscle Cars, and over 225 of the most desirable collector cars coming from 36 states. In the Meadow Brook Hall courtyard enthusiasts can see contemporary supercars as well as marques such as Bugatti, Alfa Romeo, Lamborghini, Corvette, Lotus and Porsche.



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