“Asso di Picche” – an Audi concept of ’73 which died “at birth”
With a design that influenced Lancia Delta, the Asso di Picche concept (“Ace of Spades”) was an interesting proposal for a two seater Audi. According to Motor1.com, this concept was launched in 1973 at the Frankfurt Motor Show and it’s based on the characteristics of an Audi 80.This is why it has 1.3 or 1.5 liter engines connected to a manual gearbox.
Due to its shape and angles rather unusual, Asso di Picche is a reminiscent of previous concepts such as 1971 Alfa Romeo and 1972 Maserati Boomerang Caimano. Although it was largely based on the Audi 80 model, the only link between the two in terms of design, is the shape of lighting (front and rear).
The interior is also quite special. It offers a unique dashboard with two cylindrical zones that host controls and display. Here we can also see a metal steering wheel and handbag shaped door pockets. Leather upholstery gives the interior a luxurious feel.
What happened to the concept?
Asso di Picchi was commissioned by the manufacturer Karmann and built by the famous Giorgetto Giugiaro from Italdesign design house. When developing, it was used the same chassis of the Audi 80 and 1.3 petrol and 1.5 liters. These engines work with a manual gearbox with four gears that send power to the front wheels. However, it is not known which of the two engines was within the Asso di Picche and if the vehicle was working.
Although the Audi were excited about the idea of a two-seater sports coupe, The Asso di Picche didn’t turn into a production machine. That’s because it has given more priority to the development of cars that generate more sales, compared with this machine, which would have proved to be a low-volume model. In addition, the parent company feared that the production version of the concept may conflict with the Scirocco model which was due to appear a few months later.