Claudia Cardinale: Natural inspiration for the double bubble?

What inspired Zagato’s signature double-bubble roof, a naturally curvaceous solution to the problem of creating more headroom? Renaissance domes, perhaps? The hills of Lombardy? Or had the designers simply watched too many Claudia Cardinale movies...?

Although Cardinale is usually thought of as an Italian actress, with key roles in some of the most successful Italian films of the late 1950s and 1960s, her first language was French – and in her earliest films she spoke Italian with a slight French accent. Her feminine beauty, however, saw her fame blossom not just in Italy but across Europe and around the world, and as recently as 2011, the LA Times Magazine named her among the ‘50 most beautiful women in film’. Even if the dates of her film career don’t quite fit with our hypothesis, we like to imagine that she influenced ideas of automotive beauty.

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