All three were presented to Lorenzo Ramaciotti, vice president of style for the Fiat group, and Sergio Cravero, Alfa Romeo MD at the time. “We were very pleased that, even without knowing our preferences, they were positive about the proposal that was to become the Pandion”. The name is that of a fish eagle with a distinctive wide wingspan, which is particularly apt for the car, with its proud face and the spectacular choreography of the doors as they open. The front is devoid of shiny chrome or decorative addenda. The Alfa shield is clearly visible, even though it is merely hinted at by a gap in the surfaces, as are the typical “whiskers” of the chin air intakes. The front and tail are linked by sinuous flanks traversed by a daylight opening forming a continuous arc between the front and rear wheel arches. Even the act of getting into the car is cause for surprise, as there are no conventional doors, and the entire side of the car opens up instead. Hinged at the rear wheel arch, the side of the car opens up vertically to reach a height of over three and a half metres. “Bertone has always been famous for its special doors, such as the guillotine doors used on the Carabo. We deliberately looked for a visually spectacular solution”.