August’s wonderwedge (bottom) was the Alfa Romeo Proteo. Named after Proteus, the Greek god with the ability to change shape at will, this functional concept car was unveiled at the ‘91 Geneva Salon. Based on a shortened 1 64 saloon platform, complete with 3-litre V6, it also had permanent four-wheel drive and four-wheel steering. The composite body featured a removable roof -the rear screen and glass roof stowable in a compartment behind the seats. The 256bhp Proteo was good for 155mph but, sadly, remained unique. It did, at least, provide several cues for the future Spider and GTV, in particular the dramatic swage line and headlight treatment. Well done to Nigel Drake.
Doors open on royal cache
Mohsin Ikram, president of the Vintage & Classic Cars Club of Pakistan, has been granted access to the former Nawab of Bahawalpur’s car collection, the first time these machines have been seen publicly in more than 30 years. “They were locked up in the Nawab’s palace under court order due to a family feud,” Ikram said. “Now the litigation is over, the cars are to go to the legal heirs.” There were 14 Rolls-Royces from the ’20s and ’30s – one bulletproof – two Jaguar MkVs, an Armstrong-Siddeley (possibly an early ’20s Thirty saloon) and Cadillac VI6s.
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