This Lancia Sibilo Concept Looks Plucked from a '70s Sci-Fi Film
The 1978 Lancia Sibilo concept had a striking wedge design. The word "sibilo" translates in Italian to the hiss of an object travelling through the air quickly so it fits the shape of the car perfectly. Chief stylist Marcello Gandini took cues from the Bravo and Alfa Romeo Navajo with the addition of a glass-house design. Glass was fitted flush with the joints and paint was applied to create perfectly smooth surfaces. Instead of drop-down windows, the Sibilo had clear plastic side panels with circular openings that first popped inside and then slid forward on runners. RELATED: See More of the 1978 Lancia Sibilo Concept
The design was sculpted and smooth right down to the bumpers with only the wheels contrasting the overall look. The squared-off wheel arches were developed from the Stratos Stradale's design. It also had the Stratos chassis, which was lengthened by nearly four inches and the same mechanicals.
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The interior received the same minimalist treatment with a one-piece steering wheel elongated for an ergonomic crip and control buttons in its center. The car was so futuristic, it was the inspiration for the vehicles used in the 1990 science fiction movie, Total Recall. Frankly, we could see this otherworldly ride as a prop in any number of sci-moves from the '70s, '80s, or '90s!
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