Auto Culture

Italian Concept Cars Reborn As Wedged Wonders


British photographer James Ball – aka docubyte — has created a digital restoration series celebrating the 1968-79 heyday of the Italian concept cars originating from world-famous design shops such as Bertone and Pininfarina, which were usually not mass produced and remained as one-offs.

Behold the 1968 Alfa Romeo Carabo [doing a good impression of the Dome Zero], the 1969 Autobianchi Runabout [looking like your favorite Hot Wheels car], the 1969 Alfa Romeo 33/2 Coupe Speciale [hiding those butterfly doors and pop-up headlights], the 1970 Ferrari 512S Modulo and, of course, the 1976 Ferrari Rainbow, which you will swear on a stack of bibles is really a Fiat X1/9.

Ball/Docubyte photographed the cars on location at the Museo dell’Automobile​ in Turin, the M​useo Storico Alfa Romeo​ in Milan, and P​arco e Museo del Volo​ in Marese, before digitally restoring each. Some of the vehicles have been sold to private owners and and have been preserved.

Prints of the “Wedged Wonders” are available at

Lancia Stratos Zero by docubyte

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