Ferrari Studio Cr 25 by Pininfarina

I wish cars looked like this.

Sure, it's from 1974 and I appreciate why a modern Ferrari looks the way it does, but if this thing came screaming by on the motorway I'd pledge allegiance to the brand from Maranello. I suppose being nostalgic for the designs that were around in my youth is quite normal—after all, older readers, it's how we ended up with neoclassics inspired by your youth. 

You may guffaw and say that nobody in his right mind would rebody a modern Ferrari to resemble something from the '70s, but I guess you've not yet heard of the 512 BB lookalike SP12 EC, made for Eric Clapton a few years ago.

Even though this car looks a bit spacey, the car was designed to be extremely aerodynamic, and boasts a Cd just about equal to that of the current Toyota Prius, at 0.256. Its blocky front bumper hides a spoiler, while the giant warning triangle on the side is actually an air brake. The Cr 25 was also named for its Cd.

I love how crisp and precise its lines are, with the entire shape conceived as a balancing act between style and efficiency—but this is Aldo Brovarone we're talking about here, so on its debut at the 1974 Turin Motor Show, I'm sure its observers missed its artfully curved hood.

You may think it looks like a shooting brake version of a Chevrolet Corvette C4, but there is an actual production car perhaps closer to the Cr 25: the Honda CRX. Pininfarina and Honda had been collaborating (officially) in the early '80s, beginning with the production City Cabriolet and concept HP-X, and it's not out of the realm of possibility that this car was used as inspiration—just imagine the shape as a squishy stress toy and push its ends in—it's certainly similar to a CRX.

Powered by a…well…theoretically the flat-12 from a 512 BB, but I can't find proof this 2+2 had an engine—this was perhaps just a styling exercise—but please leave a comment if you saw it rush past on the Autostrade this morning.

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