In March 1985, Volvo Car Corporation showed the result of yet another cooperation in the field of luxury between Sweden and Italy, the Volvo 780, designed and built by Bertone in Turin. The event took place on the Volvo Cars stand at the Geneva Motor Show.
Alfa Romeo Giulietta Sprint’s shape was designed by Carrozzeria Bertone, but more than one stylist contributed to the creation of the this coupe. The initial configuration was the work of Giuseppe Scarnati, an Alfa Romeo designer who created and produced the first prototype at the Alfa Romeo Special Bodywork department between 1951 and 1953. But it lacked something in the eyes of Francesco Quaroni, general manager of Alfa Romeo, who then brought in the stylists Mario Boano from Ghia and Franco Scaglione from Bertone. Both designers collaborated jointly on the first prototype. But during the preparatory stage Boano moved on to run the newly set-up Fiat Style Centre and gave up the commission. After this, Giulietta Sprint was designed by Bertone alone.
Lancia Stratos prototype was presented at the 1971 Turin Motor Show. Its aggressive looking, muscular body was designed by Bertone. The two-seater car had compact body and the mid-engine, rear-wheel drive layout. The length of the car was 3710mm, width 1750mm and the height 1114mm. Wheelbase of the car was just 2180mm to provide agile handling. Thanks to the fibreglass body, the car’s weight was just 980kg. The front and rear ends of the Stratos could be quickly removed for easy maintanance. The front section covered the radiator and the brake servo, while the rear section covered the engine. To create more downforce, Stratos had a big rear spoiler and additional hoop spoiler right behind the cabin.
To compete with the Ferrari Dino, Maserati Merak and Porsche 911, Lamborghini needed a new, smaller and cheaper car in the beginning of the 1970s. The answer to this need was a completely new car model, which was named Urraco. It was designed by Marcello Gandini, who worked at Bertone at the time and had already designed the Lamborghini Miura and the Espada. It was designed to be more spacious than its competitors so the 2-door coupe got 2+2 seating configuration. And to provide better performance, a V8 engine was installed.