This started out as a pic of a two tone BMW 2002 in regard to a previous discussion in Facebook. However, I happened to notice an unusual car, inadvertently captured in the background of the pic.
I love this stuff! Great little '02 in foreground, but ..... what is that red car behind it! Notice the Baur-type soft rear convertible top?
It appears to be a Lancia Zagato, which we have mentioned many times as a Baur-type two piece convertible top: hard top over the driver, soft top over the rear seat. Check it out!
That Lancia Zagato, like the BMW baur, is an historical artifact: it's unusual design is a classic form-follows-function! At the time this car was designed, there was a very serious concern in the automotive industry that governments were moving to BAN convertibles altogether, because of a perceived danger in a rollover accident. That is why this Lancia Zagato, like the BMW Baurs, has a built-in roll bar as a feature of its design! It may make for a rather ungainly appearance, but...... that is missing the point! Its design derives from 'form follows function': the built-in roll bar is there to address the 'unsafe in a rollover' issue that had many governments seeking to ban convertibles altogether!
Is that roll bar structurally sound? You decide:
I love this pic!