Maserati Shamal vs. Alfa-Romeo SZ and Lancia Kappa Coupe 2.4 Featured

   
Maserati Shamal vs. Alfa-Romeo SZ and Lancia Kappa Coupe 2.4 - triple test of ugly ducklings with inner beauty… 2018 Michael Ward and Drive-My EN/UK

Winning Ugly. Hit by an ugly stick? Maybe. But there’s beauty in this trio of beasts. From the brutal energy of Maserati’s Shamal, through the monstrous Alfa SZ to Lancia’s quirky Kappa Coupe, Italian style doesn’t have to be delicate to have appeal. Story by Chris Rees. Photography by Michael Ward.


Maserati Shamal vs. Alfa-Romeo SZ and Lancia K Coupe  Triple test of ugly ducklings with inner beauty…


Beauty, they say, is in the eye of the beholder. If so, then ugliness is, too. The trio of cars we’ve gathered here have variously been beheld as misshapen, awkward, monstrous and brutal to the point of hideous. In Italy, they even called one of them Il Mostro – the monster.


Maserati Shamal vs. Alfa-Romeo SZ and Lancia Kappa Coupe 2.4 - triple test of ugly ducklings with inner beauty…
Maserati Shamal vs. Alfa-Romeo SZ and Lancia Kappa Coupe 2.4

Yet I’m here to argue that not only is their very ugliness an essential part of their appeal, but they also have a captivating inner beauty. All three have a peculiarly individual charm that goes beyond aesthetics.


Maserati Shamal vs. Alfa-Romeo SZ and Lancia Kappa Coupe 2.4 - triple test of ugly ducklings with inner beauty…
Maserati Shamal vs. Alfa-Romeo SZ and Lancia Kappa Coupe 2.4

After all, it’s not as if these cars are ugly by accident. There is method in their apparent design madness. The stylists of each are stellar creators. The Maserati Shamal was designed by Marcello Gandini (who did the Lamborghini Miura and Countach), the Alfa Romeo SZ by Robert Opron (Citroen SM, Renault Fuego) and the Lancia Kappa Coupe by Enrico Fumia (Alfa 164, Alfa GTV/Spider 916).


Maserati Shamal vs. Alfa-Romeo SZ and Lancia Kappa Coupe 2.4 - triple test of ugly ducklings with inner beauty…
There’s something magnificent about the utterly individualistic ugliness of the Alfa SZ. Maserati Shamal vs. Alfa-Romeo SZ and Lancia Kappa Coupe 2.4 - triple test of ugly ducklings with inner beauty…

If history has judged these cars akin to Macbeth’s three ugly witches, I’m here to present an alternative history. One where they are, with every justification, loved and appreciated. These ugly ducklings are triumphant swans. Fly, my uglies, fly.



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