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1955 Alfa Romeo BAT 9d

In 1955 Bertone turned in the final design for the B.A.T. project, a series of prototypes which represented the peak of styling creativity at the time. The B.A.T. 9 did away with the marked wing lines of the previous models in favour of a cleaner, more sober line. The tail fins, which in the other two models, 5 and 7, had a real wing-like look, were sized down into two small metal plates. Bertone transformed the highly creative styling of the two previous B.A.T. models into design credibility, abandoning the extremes of the other designs. The more rational, less artistic design of this prototype, however, does nothing to diminish Bertone’s creative contribution to the Italian school of bodywork design.

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1955 Alfa Romeo BAT 9d Gallery

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In Detail

submitted by Richard Owen
engine Cast Iron Inline-4 w/Light Alloy Head
displacement 1975 cc / 120.5 in³
bore 84.5 mm / 3.33 in
stroke 88 mm / 3.46 in
compression 8.0:1
power 85.8 kw / 115 bhp @ 5500 rpm
specific output 58.23 bhp per litre
f brake size mm / in
r brake size mm / in
gear ratios :1
top speed ~180 kph / 111.8 mph